Welcome Wednesdays – Casting Call

Welcome Wednesdays – Casting Call

So I want to start a new feature on the blog.  Every Wednesday, I’ll post a question or a call for comments (and I’ll post on FB and other places), inviting my fellow authors to comment on the topic of the week.

I’ll start things off this week with a casting call.  Any and all authors are invited to post in the comments about one of their books (or series) and who you’d cast in a TV or movie version of it.  Give us a brief description of the book, and a line or two about the characters and then tell us who you’d cast whenHollywood comes calling for you.

I’ll get things started.  I’ve posted about this before, but as they say, repetition is…well, it’s something.

Anyway, my Dream Series books follow Sara, who we first meet in college.  She can step into other people’s dreams, and this causes her no end of problems.  So who would I cast?

panabakerSara’s 21 when we meet her.  She’s getting ready to go to medical school, and she’s fairly shy and bookish.  My first choice for playing her is Danielle Panabaker (Dr. Caitlin Snow on “The Flash”)











RickardsBeth is Sara’s roommate and best friend.  She’s a lot more outgoing than Sara.  I think Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak on “Arrow”) would make a perfect Beth.










GustinBrian is Sara’s boyfriend (and husband, as the series progresses).  I think Grant Gustin (Barry Allen/The Flash on “The Flash”) is an ideal choice for him.






doctor_who_star_wars_15_225x300Betty Barnes is Sara’s mother.  I think Nicola Bryant (Peri Brown in “Doctor Who”) would be a great fit in that role.











CavanaughHoward Barnes is Sara’s loving and doting father.  I’d love to see Tom Cavanagh (Dr. Harrison Wells/Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash on “The Flash”) playing him.










MV5BMjA4ODY4NDY0NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjA5MDIyOA@@__V1__CR0,0,427,427_SS99_Helen Alderson is Brian’s mother and Sara’s future mother-in-law.  I basically modelled the character after actress Kelly Bishop and specifically her portrayal of Emily Gilmore on “Gilmore Girls”, so she’s the obvious choice for the role.




OK, that’s me and my books.  So tell me about your books and your dream movie casts.  Be sure to include links so that we can check out your work in more detail!


(also check out the fantastic Exquisite Quills website, which has a meme like this every weekday!)

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8 Replies to “Welcome Wednesdays – Casting Call”

  1. I’ve posted about this before also so I’m all ready with a comment. My book is The Black Swans, a modern-day fantasy retelling of the Irish story The Children of Lir. The two main characters are Taisie – I cast Judi Trott from the old BBC series Robin of Sherwood.
    I can’t paste in their pictures but they were my characters the entire time I was writing.

  2. A very interesting cast you have. Hopefully they’ll agree to take the parts.
    Thank you for the invitation to speak about our books, too.
    Shadows of the Past – my paranormal/light romance/light historical/light horror is the story of Genevieve and Anne. Jumping from past to present and back, it focuses on the lows and highs of the two, alternatively revealing the hardships, passion, truth or betrayal they meet. Their destinies seem to weave together, although they live in different epochs.
    Regarding the actors I would you choose to play the part of my characters in a movie rendition, here’s my ideal cast:
    Jordana Spiro, playing the leading part in The Mob’s Doctor, is the best actress to impersonate Genevieve/Anne. Jordana is fragile in appearance, looks like a kindhearted person ready to help those next to her, yet she’s determined and brave, the same as Genevieve.
    The Abbess should be played by Madeline Stowe from the series Revenge, while Dan Stevens from the series Downton Abbey is the perfect Andrew.
    Readers and fans can find me and the book here:



  3. Casting call, eh? I can probably handle this. I’m not going to have time to include everyone, so…picking my favorite characters!

    I’m going to talk about my novella (Novellas are actually probably a better length to turn into movies without having to cut a bunch of stuff) Mother, the first in The Silent Years sequence.


    Dorothy. Dorothy is motherly – and not always likable (she starts the book as a racist and something of a homophobe, but trust me, she learns. I’m going to go with Helena Bonham Carter – she’s versatile and could definitely handle it.

    Her husband Thomas would have to be George Clooney, although it’s a smaller role and I probably can’t afford him. Maybe.

    (She has two sons, but I’m not up on child actors right now ;)).

    Galatea Crow, the hippie lesbian artist would absolutely have to be Natalie Dormer.

    Leroy, her brother-in-law and almost fellow survivor – Jamie Foxx. She hates him at the start, but really comes to appreciate him.

    Marisol, the kid she takes in towards the end – I like Krischelle Delgado.

    Oh, and you can get the book here: http://www.amazon.com/Silent-Years-Jennifer-R-Povey-ebook/dp/B00PRL5WRS/ or here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/494040

  4. Okay, so I’ll choose my second historical romance, Bella’s Betrothal. It’s a Scottish regency-style set in Edinburgh. Bella has corkscrew red curls and an English accent. Her swain is Charles Lindsay, dark and thoughtful, but no pushover. So how about Canadian Rachel Lefebre as Bella, Tilda Swinton as her aunt Hattie and Gerard Butler.

    Bella’s Betrothal is currently sitting at $1.56/£0.99 A steal? amazon US http://goo.gl/7mh8FI and UK http://goo.gl/P3lmzk

  5. Ha! My most recent novel is The Kura, a fantasy-romance, whose protagonist is a young woman from Indiana who returns, at 18, to an alternate world — Aerte — that she visited entirely by accident when she was 12. I haven’t yet cast the lead roles (Alyssha and the two young men from the other world with whom she becomes confusedly involved…), but as I was writing the book I saw two of the supporting actors very clearly: Michael Dorn (who played Worf in Star Trek TNG) will be Shan’s father, Lon Dorn — I even gave him his name as a little hint to the casting director. And Ru Mardo, skilled rider and breeder of the swift and surefooted creatures called alilalu, long and mistakenly thought to be extinct, will be played by Morgan Freeman.

    The only problem will be those ‘lalu — the producers are either going to have to computer-generate them or find horses who won’t mind wearing disguises!

    The Kura is available in e-book format from Uncial Press, Amazon, B&N, Kobo, etc.; and in paperback from Amazon — here’s the link: http://www.amazon.com/Kura-Mary-Patterson-Thornburg-ebook/dp/B00T5BXU8O/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1427384986&sr=8-13&keywords=the+kura.

    Thank you, James, for this opportunity to wave The Kura’s flag!

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