Who Are These People I Made Up Anyway? Part 4: Gregor

In my first draft of JULIA VANISHES, Gregor was two separate characters – a haughty aristocratic connection who brought jobs to Esme and her crew, and a once-famous thief sunk deep in alcoholism. In revision I merged the two characters, and here is where he enters the story with Csilla, his partner in crime and in matters of the heart:

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From JULIA VANISHES

Gregor and Esme have a complicated past as revolutionaries, but since Agoston Horthy’s rise to power they have stuck to petty crime.

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From JULIA VANISHES

It took me a while to figure Gregor’s character out. It was writing this scene between him and Julia – after she’s been attacked by the Gethin and he comes to get her from Liddy’s shop – that brought him clearly into focus for me.

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From JULIA VANISHES

In Yongguo, Gregor has to play the part of an aristocratic scholar as part of their scheme to infiltrate the Imperial Library. The scholarly bit is a stretch for him:

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From JULIA DEFIANT

His revolutionary hopes rekindled in Yongguo, Gregor gives sobriety another try:

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From JULIA DEFIANT

NEXT WEEK: Frederick, the brilliant young student working in Mrs. Och’s house, who befriends Julia posing as Ella the housemaid.

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