Friday, October 9, 2015

Simon Toyne's "The Searcher"

Simon Toyne is the bestselling author of the Sanctus trilogy: Sanctus, The Key, and The Tower. A writer, director, and producer in British television for twenty years, he worked on several award-winning shows, one of which won a BAFTA. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages and published in more than fifty countries. He lives with his wife and family in England and the south of France, where he is at work on his second Solomon Creed novel.

Here Toyne dreamcasts an adaptation of The Searcher, the first novel in the Solomon Creed series:
The Searcher has just been optioned by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company, so who knows, maybe the boss will play my hero, Solomon Creed. I always tend to cast my books as I’m writing them and have a character document with visual steers and notes about what they look like and how they act. It’s a useful way of keeping track of who’s who in the long process of first draft and then revisions. It also means I can jot down notes that occur to me and refer back when I’m writing different characters. Sometimes I’ll have an idea about one character, for instance, while I’m writing another so it’s a useful and easy way to capture these thoughts before they vanish into the ether.

Solomon Creed is very thin and elegant and pale, almost albino-like with white skin and hair and pale grey eyes. One character describes him as looking like a beautiful marble statue that has come to life. When I was writing the character I started off seeing him as Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia, then he morphed into David Bowie in The Man Who Fell to Earth. For a while he looked like Michael Fassbender and then ended up as Cillian Murphy, only with white blonde hair. Now the book is finished, however, he kind of looks like all of these people, which I suppose means he probably now looks exactly like Solomon Creed.
Learn more about the book and author at Simon Toyne's website, Facebook page, and Twitter perch.

My Book, The Movie: Sanctus.

My Book, The Movie: The Tower.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Laura Anne Gilman's "Silver on the Road"

Laura Anne Gilman is the Nebula-nominated author of many pretty-damn-good-according-to-reviewers F/SF novels and short fiction. She also dips her pen into the mystery field, writing the Gin & Tonic series as L.A. Kornetsky.

Here Gilman dreamcasts an adaptation of her new novel, Silver on the Road:
Disclosure: Silver on the Road is the only book I’ve ever written where I had a pretty good idea of who I’d like to cast in the roles as I was writing it. Interestingly enough, my casting had very little to do with matching looks, but some aspect of the actor that caught the core of the character.

The boss (aka the Devil) was first and foremost and always Rupert Graves (aka Inspector Lestrade on BBC’s Sherlock). It’s his raspy voice, and his eyes, and the slightly exhausted look of jaded competence he can project - you trust him, but you’re always wondering why, exactly. Then again, the boss tends to shift his appearance randomly, so we could get a whole bunch of actors to play him, and overlay those eyes…. (Yay digital FX!)

For Izzy, 16 years old and torn between wanting to be an adult and being terrified that she’ll fail these new and terrible duties she’s taken on, I knew I wanted someone young, and someone Latina (Izzy is of Spanish descent by way of Mexica, something my fabulous cover artist caught perfectly). Caitlin Sanchez, a young actor best known for her voice work, has the ideal combination of innocent eyes and determined chin that I always visualized for Izzy.

(Casting under-20 characters is hard. You can find actors in their 20’s who can play teenagers, but it rarely entirely convinces, in my experience. If I were time-traveling, Judy Reyes might have been my first choice for Izzy, for that same combination).

Gabriel, my advocate-turned-rider-turned-mentor, was a difficult one. We only get bits of his backstory, but I knew he was northern-born, of a Metis mother and white father, and educated back East. In his first incarnation, I thought maybe Misha Collins - the right physical presentation, quietly coiled and watching, like the rattlesnake that seems to follow the character. He can do sweet and then turn a dime and be cold, just by a shift in the jaw and a flicker in the eyes, and that is very much Gabriel. It didn’t seem like quite the right fit… but it’s pretty damn close.

If I could dial back time for a bit, I would consider Timothy Hutton for this role, for the same reasons as above - that ability to slip between soothing and deadly with the flicker of the eyes.

And Farron the Magician? He gave me conniptions. I could not ‘see’ him in my head at all, the dialogue falling flat, flipping from one actor to another, waiting to hear something click, until I was stress-binging on older episodes of Supernatural, and hit the “soulless Sammy” episodes. And I realized that Jared Padalecki, now that he’s put on a few years, could rock the screen as the slightly mad, entirely deadly, and yet unnervingly amusing Farron Easterly. And he fit the physical description of Farron, too!

(Jared, have your people call my people. Seriously.)

And Marie, the boss’ Right Hand? I’m going to call for a time-turner on that on, and demand a late-30’s Jodie Foster for Marie. You’ll know why when you meet her.
Learn more about the book and author at Laura Anne Gilman's website and blog.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Julia Buckley's "The Big Chili"

Julia Buckley is the author of the Undercover Dish Mysteries, the Teddy Thurber Mysteries, and the Madeline Mann Mysteries. She’s a member of the Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and the Romance Writers of America, as well as the Chicago Writers Association. Buckley has taught high school English for over twenty years.

Here the author dreamcasts an adaptation of her latest novel, The Big Chili:
I think authors often dream of their characters coming to life, and I certainly have wondered what a casting director might do with these people of my imagination.

If I had my druthers, here’s who I might choose.

My main character, Lilah Drake, is smart but sweet—honest and loyal. She also feels unlucky in love, despite the interest of two very handsome men. So here’s an attempt to capture the personalities of that love triangle.

For Lilah, I’m thinking Greta Gerwig. She’s twenty-ish and very pretty without looking overly made up. She has a natural look, and she projects friendliness, which I think Lilah does, as well.

Lilah falls pretty quickly for a handsome dark-haired police detective. In fact, she is often almost confused by how good-looking he is. For the character of the enigmatic Jay Parker, I think the closest match is Henry Cavill, the actor from Superman. Cavill has the dark-haired mystery, but also the slightly aloof look that Jay tends to project.

Lilah also has an ex-boyfriend. He too is extremely good looking: a dark-haired Italian who has all the charisma that Jay keeps to himself. Lilah soon tired of Angelo Cardini’s easy charm, though, which is why she is currently unattached.

For Angelo, l like the actor Alessio Boni (though I would need a younger version of him). Boni looks ruggedly handsome and eye-catching. Angelo, who owns a restaurant on the main drag of Pine Haven, is always catching the attention of local women, much to Lilah’s chagrin.

Finally, for Perpetua Grandy, a local woman and a devoted parishioner of St. Bart’s Church (for whom Lilah makes a pot of ill-fated chili), I would cast the amazing Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy would bring out the earnestness of Pet, as Lilah calls her, and convey the homey quality of this character.

It’s fun to try to put a face on something that is, in essence, just a little fume of the imagination. These concrete images make the story more real, and pay tribute to the creative intentions of the author.
Learn more about the book and author at Julia Buckley's website and her blog, Mysterious Musings.

--Marshal Zeringue

Friday, October 2, 2015

David O. Stewart's "The Wilson Deception"

David O. Stewart is the author of several works of history, including Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America, which have been awarded the Washington Writing Award and the Society of the Cincinnati History Prize.

Here he dreamcasts an adaptation of his new novel, The Wilson Deception:
The Wilson Deception, set at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 at the end of World War I, has a wide roster of complicated and intriguing characters to cast.

The first challenge is finding an actor who can embody the contradictory elements of Woodrow Wilson. He seemed physically robust but was actually rather fragile; he combined idealism with charm and intelligence, yet also could be prejudiced and inflexible. He loved to sing hymns, make up limericks on the fly, and tell embarrassing darkie jokes from his Southern boyhood. Though he’s a Brit, Tom Wilkinson does a great American accent and can capture all of these contradictions. He’d be great.

With two central protagonists in their late fifties – Dr. Jamie Fraser and the ex-ballplayer Speed Cook – we stay with more mature actors. I would lean toward William Hurt for Fraser. Hurt has the physical size and superficial blandness of middle-America that Fraser embodies, but he also conveys a surprising depth and complexity. Fraser is often a step slow in picking up the thread, particularly with his very clever wife, and Hurt does that extremely well. You can watch him think.

For Speed Cook, it’s hard not to see Denzel Washington in the role. He could bring the physical grace and power of the over-the-hill athlete, combined with the barely-suppressed rage of the “race man” of that Jim Crow era. If Denzel is busy (always a risk), I also think Ving Rhames would be an outstanding option. He does the glowering rage thing better than anyone, and is likely ready for more challenging roles after all those sweet paydays in the Mission Impossible movies.

I would take a chance on a young unknown for Joshua Cook, Speed’s son, a soldier in the Allied Expeditionary Force fighting for his life and future against a racist, segregated military establishment.

For Eliza Fraser, the worldly theatrical impresario with a knack for targeting husband Jamie’s self-esteem, Diane Lane would be wonderful. It also would be wonderful to meet her, but I digress.

Finally, John Goodman with a French accent and a malevolent gleam in his eye would be a brilliant Colonel Boucher of the French spy service. But then, he’s brilliant at everything he does.

Damn, we are talking large budget! But why not dream big?
Learn more about the book and author at David O. Stewart's website and blog.

--Marshal Zeringue

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Virginia Baily's "Early One Morning"

Virginia Baily holds a PhD and MA in English from the University of Exeter. She founded and co-edits Riptide, a short-story journal. She is also the editor of the political series of the Africa Research Bulletin. She lives in Exeter, Devon.

Here Baily dreamcasts an adaptation of her debut novel, Early One Morning:
This is a work in progress and so far I have only managed to cast three of the main characters. I have however suggested minor parts to some young drama students I know if the book is ever made into a movie!

I have chosen Isabella Rossellini to play my main character, Chiara Ravello. She looks the part, dark-haired and elegant and is of mixed Italian heritage. She would be able to convey Chiara’s resilience and her vulnerability and also, whether she knows it or not, she already has a strong connection to the story. Her father Roberto Rossellini directed the 1945 film Rome, Open City, set in Rome during the German occupation, which helped inspire Early One Morning.

If the iconic French actor Simone Signoret were still alive, I would like her to play the part of Simone, Chiara’s dearest friend. I think I might even have had Signoret partly in mind when I named my character and I imagine my Simone as having a similar raddled, sultry beauty. In her absence, I think that Fanny Ardant would carry the role very well. She can act in English, French or Italian and so has that world-travelled, polyglot air that Simone has and has the commanding presence that the role requires.

Early One Morning is about to air on BBC Radio 4 in the United Kingdom. It may be that the actors chosen for that dramatization are so well cast that they migrate to this movie? They include Greta Scaachi as the narrator and Juliet Aubrey as Chiara.

I’m wondering about Andrew Garfield for the part of Daniele. I found him profoundly moving in the film of Never Let Me Go. He is also able to look very young and so could stretch to playing the key trumpet scene when Daniele is a teenager, the even more key love-in-a-jazz club scene when Daniele is about 21 and then go up a notch age-wise for the scenes of Daniele in his late thirties. He would be able to bring the requisite pained intensity and anguish to the part.

Obviously we would need a different actor to play the seven-year-old Daniele!
Learn more about Early One Morning at the publisher's website.

--Marshal Zeringue

Monday, September 28, 2015

Toni Gallagher's "Twist My Charm: The Popularity Spell"

Toni Gallagher earned a journalism degree from Northwestern University and has had a successful career in reality TV. She lives in Los Angeles and loves finding the magic in it.

Here Gallagher dreamcasts an adaptation of her new book, Twist My Charm: The Popularity Spell:
It’s funny; I’ve spent over twenty years living in Hollywood and working in the entertainment business (mostly as a reality TV producer – everything from The Real World to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) but when I was writing my middle grade novel Twist My Charm: The Popularity Spell, I didn’t think much about actors portraying my characters. My characters are mostly bits and pieces of kids and grownups I know now or knew in my childhood.

However, that changed when I watched the Tony Awards earlier this year. I was mainly fast-forwarding to the musical numbers, seeing a lot of big, splashy, over-the-top spectacles that weren’t impressing me. I paid special attention, though, to the Tony nominated show called Fun Home. I’d heard a bit about it and was intrigued, especially when an 11-year-old actress named Sydney Lucas took the stage. She sang a song – alone – no glitz, no sets, no special effects – and she blew me away. Though she doesn’t necessarily look exactly how I picture my 11-year-old main character, this actress’s facial expressions, vulnerability, and depth of emotion made me think immediately: “Cleo!”

I happened to be going to New York from LA (to appear as a “guest bartender” on the Andy Cohen talk show Watch What Happens Live on Bravo) and I managed to get tickets to Fun Home. Sydney Lucas was just as charming and wonderful in person. I thought about waiting at the stage door to meet her, complete with a copy of my book in my purse, but I wimped out. I knew it could take a while for her to come out, then I might have to wait for other people to talk to her…and ultimately, I would be a grown woman gushing over a kid and I could very well look like a doofus (a word Cleo, my character, would likely use).

However, the next day I sent the young actress a tweet, complimenting the show and telling her I’d left a copy of my book at the box office. Less than an hour later, I got a sweet reply: Oh my gosh, thank you so much! And a few days later, an adorable photo of her holding up the book and the comment Looking forward to reading your book!!

Monday night I appeared on Bravo TV, glammed up in makeup from Sephora and a black sequined dress. My twitter feed and Facebook page went crazy with both friends and strangers and, for a brief moment, I almost felt famous. But my real brush with fame has turned out to be my interactions with the talented and amazing friendly actress I wish could play Cleo.
Visit Toni Gallagher's website.

--Marshal Zeringue

Friday, September 25, 2015

John Norris's "Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism"

John Norris is the author of Mary McGrory: The First Queen of Journalism. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Here he dreamcasts an adaptation of the new book:
The folks over at Word & Film make a strong case for making a Mary McGrory biopic, and I am certainly not one to argue. What’s not to like about the story of a trailblazing woman journalist barnstorming around the country and mixing it up with everyone from JFK to George W. Bush? But perhaps even more than fiction, the casting of the lead is crucial in non-fiction. In Mary’s case, we need someone who is convincingly tough enough to play a woman who made it is an almost exclusively male industry in the 1950s and 60s, but who is also graced with a bit of mischief and flirtation. An actress who can carry off the role of one of the most important liberal voices in the second half of the 20th century, but who was distinctly proper, and sometimes almost Victorian, in her mannerisms. A woman who loved a cigarette and a good stiff drink but who, literally, helped out at the local orphanage on weekends.

There were certainly times when I was writing or interviewing people for the book that a young Katherine Hepburn leapt to my mind, and Mary was every bit as proud, independent and strong-willed as the characters that Hepburn brought so memorably to life. Mary never gave an inch when bantering back and forth with politicians or fellow reporters, and she was as comfortable quoting Yeats from memory as she was debating the merits of candidates with local ward bosses. As Bobby Kennedy once observed, “Mary is so gentle until she gets behind a typewriter.”

But casting someone from the silver age seems almost like cheating, as does every author’s answer that Meryl Streep should play their female lead. So what modern actresses could best fill Mary’s shoes? Kate Winslet has some real appeal, and her real life experience with mega-stardom and its discontents after Titanic seem to have given her a certain toughness and a wisdom that has not yet given way to cynicism. She looks like someone who has seen a lot of the world but not succumbed to it. Cate Blanchett would also be a wonderful fit, and she feels like she would be someone who could absolutely inhabit the role. I remember seeing Blanchett in A Streetcar Named Desire here at the Kennedy Center several years back and she delivered just a devastatingly strong emotional performance.

Politicians, who play a large part in the narrative, are equally tricky to cast, in large part because so many movies lean hard on their accents and affects without actually getting the essence of the person right. I love Edward Norton as Eugene McCarthy, with whom Mary had a complicated and stormy relationship, and he brings just enough of the Irish rogue to the role. Vincent D’Onofrio would make a fascinating Lyndon Johnson. Both are big men, and I think D’Onofrio could deliver the physicality the part demands (no disrespect to Bryan Cranston.) Let’s give Tom Hiddleston a shot at Bobby Kennedy. The last key bit of casting: Blair Clark, Mary’s most important and often heartbreaking love interest. He is far less well known publicly than the politicians Mary covered, but Clark who hailed from an old money family, was handsome, witty, and often indecisive: I think Jon Hamm would be a nice post-Mad Men fit.
Learn more about the book and author at John Norris's Facebook page, Twitter perch, and website.

--Marshal Zeringue

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Jonathan Weisman's "No. 4 Imperial Lane"

Jonathan Weisman is a Washington-based economic policy reporter for the New York Times.

Here he dreamcasts an adaptation of his new novel, No. 4 Imperial Lane:
I guess like many fiction writers, I have allowed myself to fantasize about No. 4 Imperial Lane getting the big option and ending up on the big screen. It's not outlandish. I figure with a main character being a quadriplegic -- and a fallen aristocrat to boot -- it has "vanity project" written all over it, if not Oscar bait. To that end, I'd have Ralph Fiennes cast as Hans Bromwell, the cynical quadriplegic. I always saw him as the anti-Hollywood cripple-hero. He does not paint with his teeth or tool around campus on a specially designed hospital gurney operated by his breath. He's the quadriplegic who has his electric wheelchair tossed into the street, as he shouts, "Goddamnit, if I am going to break my neck, somebody is going to push me around in an old-fashioned wheelchair."

Logically, Emma Thompson would latch on to the project as Hans Bromwell's alcoholic sister, Elizabeth. She's perfect for the part. The character is supposed to be a bit flighty, a bit disheveled, not a gorgeous woman, but a soulful one. The question is whether Ms. Thompson can play her younger, 20-year-old self, the character at the center of the back story that leads us through Portugal, Guinea-Bissau and Angola, then South Africa -- and to the family's tragic end. I'd say yes, but if my director disagrees, I'm dragooning Carey Mulligan for the role. I adore her.

My teenage daughters would never forgive me for not casting the dashing and Portuguese Diogo Morgado as the aimless, unraveling Portuguese doctor, Joao Goncalves, who marries Elizabeth Bromwell in a moment of weakness, drags her to war in Africa, and slowly falls apart. Might be a heavier lift than Jesus, but let's give him a chance.

As for my narrator, granted, he's based loosely on my own younger self, but this is Hollywood. I want Miles Teller. He can capture that lost look of a college student with no direction or ambition, but the depth he showed in Whiplash tells me he, like David Heller, can mature and focus over the course of the film.

As for directors, I would have liked nothing more than to reunite Ralph Fiennes with his English Patient director Anthony Minghella. Sadly, Minghella died -- damnit. Given that this would likely be a Ralph Fiennes vanity project, I'd have to let him direct if he wants. Otherwise, I'd really like Danny Boyle to bring the sweep of Slumdog Millionaire and the clear, jaundiced British eye of Trainspotting to No. 4 Imperial Lane.
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--Marshal Zeringue

Monday, September 21, 2015

Polly Dugan's "The Sweetheart Deal"

Polly Dugan is the author of So Much a Part of You and The Sweetheart Deal. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Here Dugan dreamcasts an adaptation of The Sweetheart Deal:
I went right to the A-list for casting the movie adaptation of The Sweetheart Deal because holding these actors in my head both informed the writing and helped build the characters into three-dimensional beings. Plus it didn’t hurt that some of my favorite actors are included in this all-star cast.

Kevin Gallagher, a firefighter and 9/11 survivor who also appears in the last story in my first book, is and always has been played by Ed Burns. Ed as an actor, and the majority of characters he plays are precisely who Kevin is: an Irish Catholic native New Yorker. In every piece of dialogue he utters, Kevin’s voice was as authentic as I could make it because I heard Ed saying the words. And, Ed’s narration of The Man in the Red Bandana, the heroic 9/11 story of Welles Crowther was a tremendous influence in casting him. He’d be a natural in Portland Fire and Rescue gear.

Similarly, Leo McGeary has always been played by Mark Wahlberg. Mark can channel the quintessential man-boy in his sleep, and that’s exactly who Leo is. He’s a firefighter and responsible father who maybe pushes his sons too far sometimes, but he’s also a practical joker who is still madly in love with his wife after almost 20 years. So do the math: Rugged, Sexy, Thoughtful + Master of the Smirk + Real Life Dad Who Has Played Multiple Dads on the Big Screen = The Actor Formerly Known as Marky Mark. Bonus points that he’s Catholic, like Leo, and has previously played a firefighter, albeit a parodied one, in I Heart Huckabees.

Because of their on-screen chemistry in more than one film, and their co-starring roles in The Basketball Diaries, 20 years ago, Mark Wahlberg’s Leo McGeary has always been best friends since the age of 14 with Leo DiCaprio’s Garrett Reese. And both because of his real-life confirmed bachelordom and his tremendous ability as an actor to play conflicted characters suffering a loss, the role of Garrett has always belonged to one of the finest actors working today.

One of the truest roles of a heartbroken wife that I’ve ever seen depicted in film is Michelle Williams as Alma in Brokeback Mountain. I’m a long-time fan and although the character of Audrey McGeary, Leo’s widow, is a bit older than Michelle, that’s what make-up is for and I can’t think of an actress who can better convey a compelling balance of strength, grief, motherhood and sensuality, especially if she’s playing opposite both Mark Walhberg and Leo DiCaprio. Bonus points: Michelle has shot other movies in Portland and other parts of Oregon and my book about a family’s overcoming grief and loss with a love triangle in the middle is based in Portland.

Garrett’s father Julian, although he’s a supporting actor, is in a handful of significant scenes and he fills a necessary function in the story. The role of Julian would go to Ed Harris. Because Ed Harris.

As far as directors go I’m torn between Peter Berg, Kathryn Bigelow, Ed Burns and Sarah Polley.
Learn more about the book and author at Polly Dugan's website, Facebook page, and Twitter perch.

--Marshal Zeringue

Friday, September 18, 2015

D. E. Ireland's "Move Your Blooming Corpse"

Writing under the pen name D.E. Ireland, longtime friends and award winning authors Meg Mims and Sharon Pisacreta teamed up in 2013 to create a series based on George Bernard Shaw’s celebrated characters Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins. The first book in the series, Wouldn’t It Be Deadly, was a 2014 Agatha Award finalist for Best Historical Mystery.

Here the authors dreamcast an adaptation of their new novel, Move Your Blooming Corpse:
Lights! Camera! Action! It’s time to cast Move Your Blooming Corpse, the second book in our Edwardian mystery series. We are quite lucky because our books are based on George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, which later inspired the musical My Fair Lady. Since a number of people have taken on the roles of our main characters both onstage and onscreen, we already have a pool of actors to choose from. Photos of those we decide to cast as our characters are pinned onto our secret Pinterest board. This helps us “see” them while we’re writing a scene.

When it comes to our continuing troupe of characters – drawn from Shaw’s play and the musical – we can’t do better than the stars of the 1964 film My Fair Lady: Rex Harrison’s incomparable Henry Higgins and Audrey Hepburn’s charming Eliza Doolittle. We also wanted that movie’s Wilfred Hyde White to play our Colonel Pickering and Stanley Holloway to portray Eliza’s irrepressible father Alfred.

Unlike the 1964 film, our love-struck Freddy Eynsford Hill is played by Dan Stevens, otherwise known as Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey. The lovely star of The Princess Bride, Robin Wright, has been cast as his teenaged sister Clara, with Miranda Richardson taking on the role of their mother. For Professor Higgins’s mother, we decided upon the elegant yet formidable Helen Mirren. As for the intrepid Scotland Yard inspector Jack Shaw and his suffragette sweetheart Sybil Chase, the actors Colin Farrell (from Saving Mr. Banks) and Ruth Wilson (also in the same film and currently starring on The Affair) seemed an ideal choice. And wouldn’t Tilda Swinton look and sound marvelous as Alfred’s blowsy, red-headed wife, Rose Cleary Doolittle!

For the suspects and victims of Move Your Blooming Corpse, we pictured Stockard Channing as the adventurous Duchess of Carbrey, and Uma Thurman as the flighty, blond, and gorgeous Gaiety Girl Diana Price. The moody tea merchant Jonathon Turnbull is played by suavely sinister Jonathan Rhys Meyers, with Laura Carmichael (aka Lady Edith Crawley on Downton Abbey) as his long suffering wife. Fans of Homeland will be amused to learn we’ve picked the star of that show, Damien Lewis, to play the charming, but often drunk, Lord Saxton. And we couldn’t resist seeing a young Winona Ryder as his haughty wife Lady Hortense Saxton, known to her friends as Lady Tansy.

Since one half of our writing team is a huge Game of Thrones fan (FYI, it’s Sharon), we chose Kit Harrington (Jon Snow on GOT) to embody the dashing jockey Bomber Brody. And Trekkies might be amused to learn we cast Patrick Stewart, the former Captain Picard, as our gentleman gardener Sir Walter Fairweather. Because Meg loved Hugh Laurie as a bumbling henchman in 101 Dalmatians, the versatile actor was selected to play stockbroker – and cuckolded husband – Gordon Longhurst. Finally, we would hand over the directing reins to Oscar winner Ang Lee, who directed the marvelous Sense and Sensibility starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet.

So there you have it, a great ‘cast’ of characters for Move Your Blooming Corpse. Have a galloping good read!
Learn more about the book and author at D. E. Ireland's website.

The Page 69 Test: Wouldn't It Be Deadly.

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