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:
Gregor and Esme have a complicated past as revolutionaries, but since Agoston Horthy’s rise to power they have stuck to petty crime.
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.
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:
His revolutionary hopes rekindled in Yongguo, Gregor gives sobriety another try:
NEXT WEEK: Frederick, the brilliant young student working in Mrs. Och’s house, who befriends Julia posing as Ella the housemaid.