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Saints & Sinners: Belle Whittington and casting Cicada

November 28, 2011

Saints & Sinners Weekend

Belle Whittington and casting Cicada

One of the biggest joys of writing fiction is getting to know the characters as they form themselves into personalities that seem real and almost tangible.  Once a writer has gotten to the point that his/her characters are more than fiction on the page, finding an actor or actress who could fill their shoes is like searching for treasure.

The lovely Ashley posed the question of which actors/actresses could fill the parts of the characters in Cicada.  It was, indeed, a fun exercise in choosing who could fill in for whom!

And here they are!
Blair Reynolds: Amanda Seyfried
Blair, the main character and narrator of Cicada, is very intelligent.  She is the kind of person that observes people and happenings around her and evaluates the situation.  She is a thinker, yet also a doer.  Above all, Blair is loyal and brave and loves with the ferocity of a lion.  Amanda Seyfried would be  an excellent choice to fill Blair’s shoes.  She resembles Blair in appearance, temperament, and mannerisms a great deal.  And her voice is very similar to Blair’s, too!
Andrew (and the memory of Aaron): Zac Efron

Andrew, Blair’s surviving big brother, is one of those souls who is loved and respected by everyone.  He’s got that All-American charismatic appeal, and he is a genuinely nice guy. Andrew is very protective of his little sister Blair and their mom.  After losing his twin brother Aaron and their father, he turned to religion to deal with the pain and loss.  Zac Efron would be an excellent actor to fill the part of Andrew, because he’s got that same good-guy persona and really looks a lot like Andrew’s character.
Everett Forster, loved by all–readers and fellow characters alike!  He is probably the most loved character by my readers.  And I’m not surprised.  Everett is super-loyal and brilliant!  He begins the story as the typical nerd and ends as a sexy hunk!  Not only is Everett the best friend of Blair, but he’s also her true love.  He would go to any lengths to protect her.  And he does, almost to the point of paying the ultimate price.  Carter Jenkins would be a terrific actor to play the part of Everett.  I knew this as soon as I saw him in Aliens in the Attic.  I was flipping through the channels one day and came across that movie!  I froze!  There was my Everett on the TV!
David: Kellan Lutz

David Hargrave, high school sports star, is Andrew’s best friend and Natalie’s boyfriend.  David is huge, strong, and straight forward.  He doesn’t have a lot to say, but when he says it, he means it.  David is handsome, blonde, with blue eyes.  And he’s definitely got Andrew’s back.  He helped Andrew get through the loss of his brother and father.  And he loves his girlfriend with his whole being.  Kellan Lutz is a good fit as David.  He’s big, strong, and good looking! 
Natalie: Lucy Hale
Natalie is David’s true love.  We don’t really know much about Natalie’s family or even her last name.  What we do know is that she wants to be a kindergarten teacher after she graduates from college.  But the most important thing to Natalie is to marry David and have children.  Beautiful Natalie was a high school cheerleader and homecoming queen.  She and Blair were not necessarily friends in high school.  Lucy Hale looks very much like Natalie and would be a very good actor to fill her part.
Grandpa:  Sam Elliot

Grandpa is actually based on my dear father, whom I love and miss dearly.  He is protective of his family…and family is the most important thing to him in the world.  Grandpa is a large animal veterinarian and has a clinic on his ranch where he has trained Blair to work with animals so that she can take over the clinic one day.  Grandpa has played a huge role in Blair’s and Andrew’s lives since the loss of their father.  Sam Elliot really looks and sounds like Grandpa.  He would be perfect for the part!

Grandma:  Gena Rowlands 
Grandma is the typical grandmother.  She loves her two surviving grandchildren with all her heart, and she’s very close to her daughter, Blair’s mom, who is an only child.  We don’t know a lot about Grandma, except she likes to cook and entertain at the ranch.  And she’d do anything for her family.  Grandma seems meek and mild.  But we might find out there’s a different side to Grandma before it’s all over with!  The lovely Gena Rowlands would be a wonderful actress to fill the part of Grandma.
Mom:  Gillian Anderson

Mom owns a bakery called Sprinkles.  She works long hours and loves her children very much.  She’s been a single mom since she lost her husband and lives with a broken heart beating in her chest.  Mom has secrets, and to tell too much more here about Mom would give away spoilers.  Gillian Anderson looks almost identical to Mom.  She would be an excellent choice for the part! 
Dad (the memory of him):  Daniel Craig
Dad was an explorer and had served in the military during Desert Storm, before Andrew and Blair were born.  Dad loved Mom very much.  They were soul-mates.
Daniel Craig is a dead ringer for Dad!

Well, there you are!  A list of possible actors and actresses who would fill the shoes of my characters beautifully!


Many warm thanks to the lovely Ashley for having me over to her blog for a cup of tea and a chat about my characters!  It is wonderful to have a chance to get to know Ashley and her readers! I hope you all will stop by any or all of my social networking sites and say “howdy”! 🙂

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  1. I have a mad crush on Zac Efron…which is funny because he is like 4 years younger than me. LOL! This book sounds excellent. I like the mix of emotions that the characters bring. I'm excited to get my hands on it!

  2. I'm not so good at character casting but I find it interesting when others do it 🙂 The cover makes it want to read it; it's so pretty!

  3. Sam Elliot? Oh I love him! I love it when he plays those kind of characters. Oh and Kellan Lutz… I hope he's at least 21 in real life… because YUM! 😀

  4. I have to admit… I am a little in love with Zac Efron

  5. I'm not sure what it is about Zac Efron..maybe he brings out my inner teen girl. Not sure…he is dreamy though.

  6. Thanks for the giveaway. I like the people that were picked for the characters.

  7. Oh my gosh LOL! I think that if Zac Efron was cast in any movie at all, my family would totally be in line to see it! x) And I ADORE Amanda Seyfried and Lucy Hale — they're both such awesome actresses! You've got some majorly awesome casting skills, Ashley!! 😉

  8. I haven't read the book, but I love the lineup for the people that would fit the characters in the book!

  9. what a great giveaway. This is a new book and author for me and would love to win and read it. I love to read and always looking for new authors to check out. Thanks for the chance to

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