Tuesday, August 13, 2013

TIME RIDER: THE (imaginary) MOVIE


TIME RIDER: THE (imaginary) MOVIE

from the novel by Mallory Kane

Look at that! Is that what every author dreams of? Or is it just me?

You know what? I don’t care if it’s just me. One of my favorite things about writing a book is ‘auditioning’ actors for the starring roles in the movie version of my book. Often, I have a good idea of who my characters are and what they look like, at the beginning of my book. Sometimes my hero and heroine strongly resemble a current actor. Sometimes not. And sometimes, the idea I have in my head is so specific that I can’t really match it to an actor.

In the case of TIME RIDER, at the time I originally wrote it, I had photos that represented Rider and Kristen. But that was then and this is now. Today, who could do the author's imagination of Kristen and Rider justice in the movie version of Time Rider? For Kristen, we need someone young, vulnerable, but believable as a physician and as a young woman who can take care of herself. How about……

Katherine Heigl? I’m not crazy about the hair style in this shot, but I love the sadness and vulnerability. Surprisingly, she looks quite good as a brunette, don’t you think?
Rider was not nearly as difficult to cast. As soon as I thought ‘movie’ I thought of Josh Holloway. He’s got the hair, the biceps, shoulders and the sexy curve of the neck, and most importantly, he’s got the scowl. Let’s give it up for my gorgeous, hunky time-traveler and protector… Rider Savage.
I can believe these two could be on the run together, each afraid to trust the other but being forced to by circumstance. Each filled with past pain and leery of risking their heart ever again. Each terribly afraid their shortcomings will get the other one hurt or killed.

Yep. I’m pretty satisfied with my headliners. So now I have:

TIME RIDER: THE (imaginary) MOVIE

from the novel by Mallory Kane
STARRING:

Katherine Heigl and Josh Holloway

I think it looks pretty good. Don’t you?

But I have one more main character in Time Rider who deserves to be played by a great actor. Isn't it wonderful when

a movie or a book has a secondary character that is so interesting and compelling that he or she may threaten to take over the book. Or at the least, make a name for him- or herself.

In Time Rider, that mysterious and enigmatic character is Darwin. When I first began writing Time Rider, I conceived of Darwin as a male. But as I wove her into the story, and even though she was androgynous, she let me know in no uncertain terms that she was a girl.

And that’s just about all we know about her. There are hints of course, but nothing specific, well, not until the end. And even then, she stays for the most part, an enigma.

What do you think about my choice to play Darwin? I think Ellen Page is perfect. Luckily, in my head, as opposed to real life, the actors I choose will always be the right age to play my characters.
I invite you to read Time Rider, available on Amazon, and if you do. I'd love to hear from you about what you think about my casting call for Kristen, Rider and Darwin. Can you think of someone who would be just as good or maybe even better? I’d love to hear about it, because maybe one day, I'll be asked who I'd like to attach to the movie version of Time Rider. When that moment comes, I want to be ready.

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