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How did you come up with Gilly Jung?

Gilly Jung is one of Underworld’s lead character and a major fan favorite. Of all Underworld’s cast, I most often get asked questions about her. I thought today I’d answer the most common: How did I come up with her?

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What is your favorite fictional couple?

I’d love to say Romeo and Juliette, Humbert Humbert and Lolita, Ron and Hermione, Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers, Harry Dresden and Karrin Murphy, Eddie and Susannah Dean, Troy and Abed, or any of the countless breathtaking relationships I’ve wished I could experience.

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Why do you write diverse characters?

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about why, as a white author, I chose to make the two main characters in my debut novel black. Its a question with a hundred answers, but I’d like to focus on two answers in particular.

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How to set S.M.A.R.T. goals for 2017

Last year, some writer friends and I ran a Mastermind group with the idea of helping each other to reach our goals. It was a huge success. And though much of that success is due to meeting weekly to seek advice from our fellow creative entrepreneurs, most of our success was due to setting smart, actionable, measurable goals at the beginning of the year.

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What places inspire you most?

Where, indeed.

Travel

I love traveling. I love to watch people in other cities for how their behaviors differ from the places I know best. You can learn a lot from just being somewhere else. How do they view themselves? How do they view other cultures?

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Why does music play such a strong role in your work?

In so many parallel worlds, I’m a composer rather than a writer. There was a point in my mid-twenties where I could have gone either way, but I knew that neither of my arts could live while the other survived. So I looked at my possible futures and thought about how I could offer the world the most good.

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