Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Stephanie Feldman's "The Angel of Losses"

Stephanie Feldman studied writing at the University of Pennsylvania and Barnard College. NPR calls her first novel, The Angel of Losses, "a breathtakingly accomplished debut" and The Washington Post describes it as "a journey of fantastic tales, stormy family ties and a tragic discovery of redemption that will break your heart." Barnes & Noble has named the book a Discover Great New Writers selection for fall 2014. Feldman lives outside Philadelphia with her family and is at work on a new novel.

Here Feldman dreamcasts an adaptation of The Angel of Losses:
I’ve always thought casting sounds like fun job, and what’s more fun than casting your own story? Or, more difficult? It’s tougher than I expected to put aside my mental images of the characters in The Angel of Losses. None of these actors look like the people I imagined as I wrote, but they’re all great, and could do the story justice.

My narrator, Marjorie, is a young graduate student writing a dissertation about a 200-year-old ghost story. She's a workaholic and a loner, but she's also fiercely protective of the people she loves. At the beginning of the story, however, Marjorie’s estranged from her younger sister Holly, who has converted to Orthodox Judaism and married a man her family despises. Holly was once the cheerful, easy-going one, but Holly’s no longer so flexible and forgiving.

They don’t look alike, but I can imagine Anna Kendrick and Tatiana Maslany as the sisters. My first instinct is Tatiana Maslany as Marjorie—she could capture her nuances and strength, and communicate the turbulent feelings that Marjorie’s unable to express in words. On top of that, she has the hair. But then I thought of how Anna Kendrick can throw a great nasty look, and also convey the sweetness that belies Marjorie’s harsher tendencies. I think about Marjorie first only because she’s the narrator. I can see both actresses as Holly, as well.

Then there's Holly's husband, Nathan, a prickly devotee of a mystical sect dedicated to angel-magic. I'm going to give this part to Ben Feldman (no relation), who plays Ginsberg on Mad Men. He doesn't look the way I pictured Nathan, but he can portray an intensity that goes to the edge of sanity. He would also bring some charm and warmth to a challenging man.

One last actor: Early in the story, Marjorie finds that she’s being followed by a mysterious old man who claims to have known her grandfather Eli. The first actor who comes to mind is Ian Holm, mostly because of that one moment in The Fellowship of the Ring when he—as Bilbo Baggins—sees the ring, and transforms from innocent to monstrous and back again in an instant.
Visit Stephanie Feldman's website, Facebook page, and Twitter perch.

The Angel of Losses made Nicole Hill's list of five of the best new girl-powered sci-fi and fantasy novels.

The Page 69 Test: The Angel of Losses.

Writers Read: Stephanie Feldman.

--Marshal Zeringue

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Mary Miley's "Silent Murders"

Mary Miley is the winner of the 2012 Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Novel Competition. She grew up in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and France, and worked her way through the College of William and Mary in Virginia as a costumed tour guide at Colonial Williamsburg. After completing her masters in history, she worked at the museum and taught American history at Virginia Commonwealth University. As Mary Miley Theobald, she has published numerous nonfiction books and articles on history, travel, and business topics.

In 2013 Miley introduced her Roaring Twenties series with The Impersonator. Here she dreamcasts an adaptation of Silent Murders, the second book in the series:
This question, commonly posed to fiction authors and book club readers, is harder for me to answer than it would seem. The main character in Silent Murders (and in the entire Roaring Twenties series) is a young woman who has spent her life on the vaudeville stage playing kiddie roles into her mid twenties. Any actress playing Jessie would need to be petite and have a boyish 1920s silhouette—those traits, along with her acting skills, allow her to continue impersonating teenage girls, which is important to the stories. So the film version requires an actress who can believably become 16 with the right clothes and makeup. Not many fit that description. Drew Barrymore would have been perfect 15 years ago. Keira Knightley and Emma Stone come to mind as possibilities.

The main male character, David Carr, was introduced in The Impersonator and continues in Silent Murders and beyond. David is in his mid/late twenties, a tough gangster with a disarming smile—the lovable rogue sort. Ryan Gosling or Nic Bishop are about the right age or could fake it a bit younger. I also like Chris Pine and Ryan Reynolds, but fear that they might be too old for the part.

Should the Roaring Twenties series actually become a movie (and I have had one film company ask about options, so it isn’t as far-fetched as I once assumed), I think the wisest course would be to choose unknown actors for the roles.
Learn more about the book and author at Mary Miley's website, blog, and Facebook page.

The Page 69 Test: The Impersonator.

Writers Read: Mary Miley.

The Page 69 Test: Silent Murders.

--Marshal Zeringue

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Emily Liebert's "When We Fall"

Emily Liebert is an award-​winning author, New York Times bestselling editor, and TV personality. Her books Facebook Fairytales and You Knew Me When are available across the globe. Liebert is a graduate of Smith College and lives in Connecticut with her husband and their two sons.

Here she dreamcasts an adaptation of her new novel, When We Fall:
This is the dream, right? Having your book turned into a movie (I’ll take TV too!). While I’d love to say I haven’t given this hours of thought—specifically when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night—that would be a big fat lie! So, here goes. Charlotte and Allison are the main characters in When We Fall, so I’d love to see two strong actresses play those roles. I’d have to say Natalie Portman for Allison. To me, they both embody beauty and grace, inside and out. For Charlotte, Amy Adams all the way. Charlotte’s a convoluted personality and I think Amy could portray that in the truest light. Emily Blunt would make a fabulous Elizabeth (Charlotte’s sister). For that role, you need someone who can do snarky well and that’s Emily Blunt! In the way of the men. For Charlotte’s husband Charlie I’ll go with Bradley Cooper, because I love him! And for Dempsey, James Marsden, because he’s exactly what I picture when I think of that character and he’s so swoon worthy! Believe me, I could go on and list someone for every single character right down to the waitress in the diner scene, but I’ll spare everyone. Now, as far as who would direct. I’ll take the brother sister team of Gary and Penny Marshall!
Learn more about the book and author at Emily Liebert's website.

The Page 69 Test: When We Fall.

Writers Read: Emily Liebert.

--Marshal Zeringue

Friday, September 26, 2014

Joe Gannon's "Night of the Jaguar"

Joe Gannon, writer and spoken word artist, was a freelance journalist in Nicaragua during the Sandinista Revolution, writing for The Christian Science Monitor, The Toronto Globe and Mail, and the San Francisco Examiner. He spent three years in the army, graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and did his MFA at Pine Manor College.

Here Gannon dreamcasts an adaptation of Night of the Jaguar, his debut novel:
I always had a very specific man in mind for my detective, Captain Ajax Montoya – he is on the cover of his memoir of his years with the Sandinistas. His name is Omar Cabezas, and his book, Fire from the Mountain, was a big hit when it was published in 1980’s.

But for the movie, I have always channeled Javier Bardem, who can play a fop, a super- sized James Bond villain, or the cool psychopathic killer from No Country for Old Men. He has the face of a man overcome by sadness, but not defeated by it. However, Demian Bichir, who plays the Mexican cop on The Bridge, would also make a great Ajax. Bichir plays perfectly the vaguely corrupt but nevertheless stalwart Mexican detective, who is brave and loyal, but dirty. And Ajax is vaguely corrupt – a drunk who extorts cigarettes from smugglers because he can’t afford the good stuff on his salary. Bichir has the grizzled, growly look and sound of a man who’s wrestled with angels and while beaten by them, is stronger for the defeat at the hands of greatness.

The right director for the movie of my novel depends on finding the artist who “gets it.” But, if I had my druthers, I send the novel first to Guillermo del Toro, the Mexican director who started with dark fantasy like Pan’s Labyrinth, but also action films; he’s produced animation films like Kung Fu Panda, and now has a vampire series, The Strain, taken from his graphic novels. What can’t the guy do?

His style is incredible, and he would, I think, find Ajax an appealing character – teetering on the verge of madness, a saint’s soul but a killer’s heart.

There are lots of great secondary roles too. James Edward Olmos, from Battlestar Galactica, would make a great Horacio – the elder statesman of the Revo who seems to know everyone and everything. Gael García Bernal – crossed over from Mexican films to international superstardom, would make a great villain – and there are several!
Visit Joe Gannon's website.

The Page 69 Test: Night of the Jaguar.

--Marshal Zeringue

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Neil Sagebiel's "Draw in the Dunes"

Neil Sagebiel is the founder and editor of Armchair Golf Blog, one of the top golf blogs on the Internet. He is the author of The Longest Shot: Jack Fleck, Ben Hogan, and Pro Golf’s Greatest Upset at the 1955 U.S. Open.

Here Sagebiel dreamcasts an adaptation of his new book, Draw in the Dunes: The 1969 Ryder Cup and the Finish That Shocked the World:
Draw in the Dunes is about golf, and golf movies are tough to pull off. That's usually because the actors playing golfers are unconvincing.

Glenn Ford played Ben Hogan in Follow the Sun, the first Hollywood movie about a golfer. While the 1951 movie was a success at the box office, Hogan, a technical adviser on the film, was displeased with Ford because the leading man was so ungolferlike in his movements.

There are exceptions. Stephen Dillane was wonderful as Harry Vardon in The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005).

I would cast charismatic athletic men for the roles of American Jack Nicklaus and Englishman Tony Jacklin, the stars of my new book about the 1969 Ryder Cup.

A young Sean Connery would be a solid choice for Tony Jacklin. Connery was a good golfer. Interestingly, Connery and Jacklin were also good friends.

For Jack Nicklaus, I might cast a young Jon Voight (Midnight Cowboy era), if Voight had golf ability. Voight's father was described as both a pro golfer and a caddie. Maybe his aptitude for the game was passed along to his movie-star son.

One potential casting problem is that Connery and Voight stand 6' 2" while the men they would play were 5' 10". On the other hand, being the same height, Connery and Voight would look eye to eye, as did Jacklin and Nicklaus. I expect a talented director could make it work.

Speaking of a director, that's an easy choice: Clint Eastwood. There's so much outstanding work, including Million Dollar Baby to name just one Eastwood gem. And Clint knows and loves golf.

Clint, ready to tee it up?
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--Marshal Zeringue

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Russ Castronovo's "Propaganda 1776"

Russ Castronovo is Tom Paine Professor of English and Dorothy Draheim Professor of American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books include Propaganda 1776: Secrets, Leaks, and Revolutionary Communications in Early America, Beautiful Democracy: Aesthetics and Anarchy in a Global Era, Necro Citizenship: Death, Eroticism, and the Public Sphere in the Nineteenth-Century United States, and Fathering the Nation: American Genealogies of Slavery and Freedom.

Here Castronovo dreamcasts an adaptation of Propaganda 1776:
The first casting agent for the movie version of Propaganda 1776 had to be fired. His problem was that he couldn’t get beyond seeing propaganda in negative terms. Ever since World War I, propaganda has been reduced to deceit and dishonesty in ways that impoverish the concept. This first casting agent kept thinking that Voldermort, as the embodiment of evil, would be perfect for the role of an American propagandist. If not Voldermort, then Don Draper was the next choice since his philandering and deceptions, not the least of which are his own self-deceptions, would make him ideal for the part of an oily flimflam man.

But, as I said, the casting agent’s assumptions didn’t match the story of Propaganda 1776. By looking at the colonial network of pamphleteers, letter writers, printers and poets, this book shows how propaganda can be integral to democratic practice. Prior to the twentieth century, men and women of the eighteenth-century Atlantic world used an array of rhetorical devices—satire, barbed attacks, plagiarism, and the theft of confidential documents—to communicate unofficial truths.

The most important scenes in the movie don’t focus on principal actors but on ink-stained printers, crowds clamoring for the latest issue of the Massachusetts Spy, and riotous taverns where Common Sense is being passed around along with pints of rum. So casting extras is going to crucial for this movie. Hopefully the director will ensure that this historical picture won’t be marred as is Spartacus (1960) where tennis shoes and wristwatches can be spotted among the legions of Greek soldiers.

Indeed, Propaganda 1776 shows how effective revolutionaries occupy the shadows and keep their identities submerged beneath the flood of print. What was important to eighteenth-century democracy in America was not the individual actor but the unregulated flow of information. So the trick for casting Propaganda 1776 will be to find actors who will fit into—as opposed to stand out from—the raucous world of inflammatory pamphlets and accusatory broadsides.

Ben Franklin: Although he is celebrated today as an exemplary American, Franklin studiously resisted occupying center stage to ensure that the sources of secret information could remain secret. Either Paul Giamatti or Louis C.K. is perfect for this unassuming role.

Mercy Otis Warren: An unrelenting critic of British officials, Warren would be best played by an actress who doesn’t suffer fools. Selma Blair does a great job of rolling her eyes in Legally Blonde, and this ability to convey exasperation would serve her well here.

Tom Paine: Dedicated to expanding liberty beyond American shores, Paine suggests a global visionary. Tim Robbins is a strong possibility.

Philip Freneau: Poet-propagandist extraordinaire, Freneau is best played by a clever wordsmith. I’m hoping Macklemore is available.

As you can see, Propaganda 1776 is going to be way better than Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
Learn more about Propaganda 1776 at the Oxford University Press website.

--Marshal Zeringue

Monday, September 22, 2014

Celine Kiernan's "Into the Grey"

Celine Kiernan is an award-winning author of fantasy novels for young adults. Her critically acclaimed work combines fantasy elements with the exploration of political, humanitarian and philosophical themes. She is best known for The Moorehawke Trilogy, a dark, complex trilogy of fantasy YA books set in an alternative renaissance Europe. First published in Kiernan’s native Ireland in 2008, the trilogy has since been published in 15 different territories, and translated into 10 different languages.

Kiernan’s fourth novel, Into the Grey (aka Taken Away) – a YA ghost story set in 1970′s Ireland – won the 2012 CBI Book of the Year (formerly The Bisto award) and the CBI Children’s Choice Award. It is the first book to have won both categories. It won the RAI Book of the Year 2013, and has been shortlisted for the Sakura Medal (English High) 2014. In 2013 the Irish Times named it as one of the best children’s books of the past 25 years.

Here Kiernan dreamcasts an adaptation of Into the Grey:
I’m never too great at casting my own books because the characters are too strongly visualised in my head, so in the past I’ve left it up to my readers (as you can see in this illustration of all the fan selections for the 2010 Moorehawke Casting Competition.

Into the Grey is a particularly tough one for me. I think the thing that makes casting it so difficult is the fact that its set in 1974. No-one these days looks the way we did in 1974. Everyone now is so shiny and neat when compared to then – everyone has such wonderful hair! Nevertheless, I’ve done my best with all the main peripheral characters and I hope you like my choices.

This is an all Irish cast, by the way, which I think is perfectly appropriate to a film set in Ireland.

OK. So, here is the fantasy casting:

Pat and Dom: (had we a time machine) The wonderful Robert Sheehan.

I found it impossible to cast the main characters of 15 year old identical twins Dom and Pat. I think we might have to go with an unknown actor for this very demanding role. I have included a nice photo of a very young Robert Sheehan though, had he been young enough he would have been physically perfect to play the boys with his dark curly hair and slim build (not to mention his Dublin accent!) He would have to darkened his big eyes with contacts, though, as Pat and Dom have very dark brown eyes.

Olive Finnerty (Pat & Dom’s Ma):

Frustrated, loving, fierce and kind all in one, we need an actor capable of portraying a believable, nuanced mix of emotions to show the boy’s mother to her full depth. I would love to see Aoibhinn McGinnity try her hand at the role. Her performance as gangster wife Trish in the hit series Love/Hate was outstanding (also – she does a great Dublin accent).

Dave Finnerty (Pat & Dom’s Dad):

We need someone to bring the right mix of distraction, kindness and resignation to Dave. There’s only one man for the role, really, and that’s Colin Farrell. Though physically he’s not exactly what I had in mind when writing Dave, he’s close enough to please even me (those big brown eyes! that dark potentially curly hair!). Acting wise I’m a huge fan of CF’s work and I think he’d bring a sense of solidity and warmth to Dave’s soft spoken character.

Cheryl Finnerty:

I had no trouble casting the fey, romantic, beautiful Cheryl. She is and always will be the great Fionnula Flanagan. If you’ve never been lucky enough to witness this woman act there’s a whole host of films out there for you to enjoy – I highly recommend her moving & spirited performance in The Guard.

James Heuston:

Dear, troubled, brave and gentle James. Next to the boys he’s the backbone of this story. I’d quite like to see a lesser known actor take on this role so that the character can live for himself. Another older man, and one whose performance must match Ms Flanagan’s for subtly and charisma. I think it would be a real meaty challenge that any actor would love to get their teeth into. One of my top preferences? Aidan Jordan.

As you can see, I didn’t even try to cast the ghosts. I see them too clearly in my head to make that possible. If you read the book, however, and think of someone you might like in the roles, I’d be delighted to hear from you!
Visit Celine Kiernan's website.

The Page 69 Test: Into the Grey.

--Marshal Zeringue

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jennifer Longo's "Six Feet Over It"

Jennifer Longo holds an M.F.A. in Writing for Theater from Humboldt State University. She credits her lifelong flair for drama to parents who did things like buy the town graveyard and put their kids to work in it-because how hilarious would that be? Turns out, pretty hilarious. Longo lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and daughter.

Here Longo dreamcasts an adaptation of Six Feet Over It, her debut novel:
Six Feet Over It is a contemporary story set in a cemetery in Northern California. The story is fiction with a bunch of my own childhood memories mixed in (as so many debuts are) so the characters are mostly composites of fictional characters and people I grew up with. I’m a playwright first, and Six Feet Over It began as a grad school play script, so I imagine it as a play with fabulous stage actors no one knows. My daughter is helping me cast the movie, she’s eleven and has the best taste!

Leigh, the pained main character: A 15 year-old Ellen Page
Dario, the gravedigger: Jay Hernandez (from that jacked movie Hostel)
Emily, the Best Friend: A thirteen year old Lily Collins (Snow White!)
Elanor, the new friend: Julia Goldani Telles (amazing actor from Bunheads on ABC)
Wade, the ridiculous father: Steve Carell. (Perfect)
Meredith, the equally ridiculous mother: Patricia Clarkson (Goddess)
Kai, the sister: Bailey Buntain (another amazing actor from Bunheads)
Gramma, the super ridiculous grandmother: Jessica Walter (from Arrested Development)

One of my favorite directors, who is also a really wonderful writer (He wrote the novel What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) and who is adept at letting humor have a place beside heartbreak, is Peter Hedges. Have you seen Pieces Of April? I could just die. One of my top 10 movies, ever! Oh, and Dan In Real Life. Love!

I would absolutely love to see this movie.
Learn more about the book and author at Jennifer Longo's website.

The Page 69 Test: Six Feet Over It.

--Marshal Zeringue

Friday, September 19, 2014

Mark Powell's "The Sheltering"

Mark Powell's novels include Prodigals (nominated for the Cabell First Novelist Award), Blood Kin (winner of the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel), and The Dark Corner. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Breadloaf Writers' Conference. In 2009 he received the Chaffin Award for contributions to Appalachian literature. Powell holds degrees from Yale Divinity School, the University of South Carolina, and the Citadel. He is an associate professor of English at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and for three years taught a fiction workshop at Lawtey Correctional Institute, a level II prison in Raiford, Florida.

Here Powell dreamcasts an adaptation of his new novel, The Sheltering:
Few things expose one’s utter ignorance of pop culture like being asked who might play the movie roles from your novel, in my case, The Sheltering. The good news, for me, at least, is that the novel is sprawling, with a large cast of characters so perhaps any mistakes in casting can be overcome with sheer volume. The novel follows two plot lines that slowly intersect until each can only be understood in the light of the other. In the first, Luther Redding flies a drone over Afghanistan from deep within a Tampa Air Force Base. When he dies in a sudden flash of light, erased as quickly and irrevocably as any target, his wife Pamela and daughters Lucy and Katie are left to deal with the aftershocks. In the second plot line, two brothers, Bobby and Donny Rosen, set off on a nihilistic road trip, eight kilos of coke in tow.

At least casting Luther’s part allows me another opportunity to lament the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman, without question, at least to my mind, the finest actor of his generation. But with Hoffman out of the question, I think I’ll turn to Russell Crowe, he of doughy face and unkempt hair. What other actor can simultaneously appear as exhausted, bedraggled, and put-upon, yet still in control? For his wife Pamela I would conjure the Kate Winslet of Little Children, sexy, bored, somehow abundant in a way I can’t quite explain. As for their daughters, here I intended to defer to the wisdom of my teenage nieces, Emily and Alison. Alas, they didn’t answer my oh-so-not-desperate texts so I’m winging this one. For Katie, the younger sister, described in the novel as “Goth Barbie” an evocative term I heard once in a bar and have been carrying around ever since, I summon Ashley Benson. I had to look her up, yes, but I remember her from Spring Breakers, a woefully underestimated film that struck me as Gatsby in the trailer-park south and most others as underwhelming episode of Girls Gone Wild. But I digress. For her sister, I need an actress who looks less like some doll I would discourage my daughter from buying and more like an actual real teenager. Is there someone like this somewhere out there? Shall we do a casting call? Obviously shooting can’t go forward without her. So calling all late teen slash early twenty-somethings who look like people look: come have an onscreen spiritual transformation! come make-out at an evangelical theme park! come conjure your father’s ghost! (This is what they call one of those ‘offers you can’t refuse.’)

For Bobby and Donny Rosen, I need two actors with that lean, hungry look; I need men wolfish, I need outliers. For Donny, his wounds as fatal as they are self-inflicted, give me the Christian Bale of The Fighter: winnowed to the bone by drugs yet still meaner than any snake. For Bobby, I want the Josh Brolin of No Country for Old Men vintage, but realize that’s too obvious a steal. How about then, the Stalker from Tarkovsky’s green-hued fever dream? Is he even still alive? He’s perfect, but we need bigger name recognition, we need a name at the bottom of the poster. How about Henry Cavill of Superman fame? I confess that I haven’t seen the movie; but I follow the cultish Gym Jones gym online (“You say cult like it’s a bad thing”) and I know they trained Cavill for the role. Good enough for Gym Jones, good enough for me, I say!

So there we have it—star power, big names, explosive rolls just bubbling with Oscar-worthy moments! The only thing missing is that massive royalty check. Ahem…it’s coming, right? You over there so carefully avoiding eye contact, yes, you! Check’s in the mail, right?
Learn more about The Sheltering at the University of South Carolina Press website.

The Page 69 Test: The Sheltering.

--Marshal Zeringue

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Michelle Gagnon's "Don't Let Go"

Michelle Gagnon has been a modern dancer, a dog walker, a bartender, a freelance journalist, a personal trainer, and a model. Her bestselling thrillers for adults have been published in numerous countries and include The Tunnels, Boneyard, The Gatekeeper, and Kidnap & Ransom. Don't Turn Around and Don't Look Now are her first two novels for young adults.

Here Gagnon dreamcasts an adaptation of Don't Let Go and the other books in the Don't Turn Around series:
NOA: There’s an amazing Australian film called, Tomorrow, When the War Began, (if you haven’t seen it yet, put it on your to-be-watched list immediately!) The lead actress in it was incredible; the whole time I was watching the movie, all I could think was that if you chopped her hair short and dyed it black, she’d be a perfect Noa. Her name is Caitlin Stasey, and I’d be shocked if we didn’t end up seeing a lot more of her in the future.

PETER: I really love Dylan Minnette, the actor who played the son in the (sadly) short-lived series Awake. He didn’t have much of a chance to display humor in that role, but he’s such a talented actor that I believe he’d be a perfect Peter.

AMANDA: AnnaSophia Robb. She’s got the right look, and I think she might manage to make Amanda more sympathetic. I get a lot of emails from Amanda-haters; she’s a tricky character, in that she’s moralizing and judgmental; but a lot of that is a cover for her insecurity and vulnerability. So a really likeable actress like AnnaSophia could help humanize her.

ZEKE: Zeke really needs to be a heartthrob: dark, moody, brooding. Tyler Posey definitely fits that bill, and I love him in Teen Wolf.

I added a bunch of new folks to the cast in Don't Look Now, most notably Teo and Daisy. They’re a bit younger than the others, and rougher around the edges.

TEO: For Teo, I’d love to see Jake Austin (my kid is a huge Wizards of Waverly Place fan!)

DAISY: The actress who plays Daisy really needs to capture that punk-rock look, while still appearing fragile and doll-like (which isn’t easy!) I think Joey King would totally nail it, especially with blue hair.

And finally, for our main baddie. Mason is the trickiest, since he’s supposed to have shark eyes. But if I can really shoot for the stars here, I’m calling in Jonathan Rhys Meyers. He has the chops to be scary and charming simultaneously (and he’d look great in one of Mason’s tailored suits).
Learn more about the book and author at Michelle Gagnon's website.

The Page 69 Test: Don't Turn Around.

My Book, The Movie: Don't Turn Around.

The Page 69 Test: Don't Let Go.

--Marshal Zeringue