Here Anders dreamcasts an adaptation of Nightborn:
When I write a book, I tend to think of the main characters as if I were casting a film. Sometimes I’ll have more than one actor in mind, using two or three to triangulate a type. I write in Scrivener, so it’s easy to snag photos and have them open when I need to remind myself of the sort of person I’m penning.Visit the official Thrones & Bones website, Lou Anders's website, Facebook page, and Twitter perch.
For the Thrones and Bones series, I had a number of people in mind for my major characters.
For Karn Korlundsson, a young farm boy in the Norse-inspired land of Norrøngard, I imagined Nathan O’Toole, who played the part of Bjorn Ironside on the first two seasons of Vikings. For Thianna Frostborn, the half-giant girl, I imagined what Lucy Lawless might have been like as a seven-foot-tall twelve-year-old. For the villain Sydia, I envisioned Skyfall’s Tonia Sotiropoulou, maybe mixed with a hint of Charlize Theron or Nicole Kidman. And for the great dragon Orm, the largest of all linnorms, I envisioned none other than David Bowie. In fact, I found old interview footage from early in Bowie’s career, and I studied how he coolly deflected the often-snide comments of older interviewers. Before starting each scene with the dragon, I would watch these to get the tone down, merging them with my memories of his performance as Jareth the Goblin King in Labyrinth.
The Page 69 Test: Nightborn.