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Five Things About Stasi

And the last Five Things for now -- Stasi!

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Stasi is the hardest one to do the Five Things for, because so much of her past is a complete mystery. (Some of it is a mystery to the authors as well!)

1. Stasi was telling Mitch the truth in Silver Bullet when she said her birthday was in February, an Aquarius with a Leo moon. Stasi was born on February 9, 1897 -- which makes her the youngest of the Lodge. In Silver Bullet Stasi is not quite thirty six.

2. Stasi doesn't actually speak a word of Russian. This will turn out to be a big problem in Oath Bound! Nor has she ever been to Russia. In case you were wondering!

3. Stasi is, as Mitch guesses, a Jew, though she hasn't been observant in decades. The story she tells Mitch about seeing her grandmother while her family was sitting Shiva for her is also true. Stasi has always been able to talk to the dead.

4. Stasi is the character who wasn't part of the original cast when we began Lost Things. Stasi appeared when we were plotting Steel Blues and needed a jewel thief. As I said in Mitch's entry, I've always seen Mitch played by Ben Browder, so when the idea of a jewel thief with lots of chemistry with Mitch came up, Stasi sprang out full grown, "like a Jazz Age Athena," as she says, wearing black and with loads of crosstalk and looking like Claudia Black. I love the chemistry between Ben and Claudia both in Farscape and in SG-1 -- so smoking hot and so funny and serious at the same time. And so there was Stasi! Stasi is somewhere between Vala and Aeryn in personality -- she has Vala's wild and random streak, a female Trickster, a thief who may or may not be trustworthy, but she also has some of Aeryn's depth and some of her dark past and inability to trust. I think the episodes that most inspire Stasi are SG-1's Memento Mori and Farscape's The Way We Weren't. Of course, Stasi has grown and changed since that original idea, and she's very much herself now. Interestingly, as she did she changed physically too. Stasi has brown eyes rather than blue, and she's about three inches shorter than Claudia.

5. One of the keys to Stasi's character is the slow reveal -- it will take a long time for Mitch or the others to know her real story, and while we know some of it, I can't say the authors know all of it yet! I write ahead, sketches for future books that may or may not go in, or may be changed by the time we get there. Stasi is the subject of the "latest" one I've done with the original characters -- in 1983!

Comments

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selenak
Oct. 3rd, 2014 06:10 am (UTC)
I have a decades long soft spot for female thiefs who are adept liars, so I may have been predesposed to like Stasi, but it's your writing which makes me love her.
jo_graham
Oct. 6th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Thank you so much! :)
tricksterquinn
Oct. 3rd, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
I love Stasi so much, and the Mitch-and-Stasi show is my favorite.
jo_graham
Oct. 6th, 2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
I love writing the Mitch and Stasi show. They're just tremendous fun.
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