Saturday, May 14, 2011

New Book, New Cast

A month or so ago I joined the Young Adult chapter of RWA (Romance Writers of America), and I must say, I am so glad I did. The Yahoo! group members are so very supportive and informative, not to mention fun and endearingly quirky. Hey! Just like me! Seriously, I've read at least two books recommended in casual conversation, both of which were outstanding. We've had debates over Suzanne Collins's ever-popular bestseller The Hunger Games (Team Gale or Team Peeta???), and are learning everyday what's hot, what's not, and how to get our story to shine in this tough, cutthroat market.

My favorite part, however, comes every Friday, when the moderator throws a Weekend Hot Topic! out there for us to have a bit of fun, laugh, and (most importantly) get to know each other. This weekend's is entitled Starstruck! (in honor of the Cannes Film Festival this week), and the question posed is that if some hotshot producer came a-knocking and gave you first choice at casting for your current WIP, who would you pick?

"Why, I'm so glad you asked, Mr. Mega-Bucks Producer! Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea. Would you like a biscuit? Let's see here, where's that file I keep... Ah! Here it is. All righty, then. Ready? Here we go!"

Emily Browning as Hallelujah "Hallie" Farrington

Taylor Lautner as Adris Crane

Max Irons as Henry James Kinsey

Charity Wakefield as Lady Savannah Rochford

Eddie Redmayne as Philip Turner

And that's everyone. Well. Not everyone, everyone. The main cast, at least. The creme of the crop who will get the most face time throughout the course of the novel. Though nameless as of now (which is new, as I've almost always come up with the title of the book by at least the first few pages of CH. 1), the story is an historical/sci-fi time travel about a young girl in 19th century England who faces the normal, everyday teenage problems of that era. Namely, the need to find an agreeable, acceptable--preferably wealthy--husband as soon as possible.

After all, "it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife," right? Why, yes, Miss Austen. I do believe you are correct in that assumption.

I won't give away the ins and outs just yet, for I will doubtless be in need of a good blog topic soon. And since this is Small World, Big Dreams: An Aspiring Writer's Journey to Publication, I'll not only be dragging you along the dirt path of my struggle to avoid the slush pile, but will also include the juicy details owed to my current WIP, starting with a basic blurb, then historical findings, research on God-only-knows-what, and...

Wow. I think I may need another cup of coffee.

So, tell me: Do you select faces for your characters, keep 'em in a folder easily accessed? Or do they exist only in your head? If the former, who has the honor of appearing in your starting lineup?

Peace, Love, and Junior Mints (and cheers! to a great weekend...),



BREA said...

You already know my current line up!! Any suggestions on a yahoo group I could join??

Emily Browning is just...adorable!

Jacqueline said...

How cool to have a face to put with your new characters!...After reading just one chapter, I already think your cast is just as you described them, although Philip Turner might be the "quirky" boy Hallie's Dad alluded to, the one she suggested she cares for at the end of the chapter??...Looking forward to more :)

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