His first novel, Speakers of the Dead: A Walt Whitman Mystery (Penguin Random House) features a young Walt Whitman’s as he finds himself in the middle of body-snatchers, medical students, and the law.
Here Sanders responds to the invitation to dreamcast Speakers of the Dead:
I’ve been waiting for someone to ask! One thing I did early on in the writing process was collect images of actors I imagined playing my characters to help me imagine them as three-dimensional beings instead of illustrated two-dimensional people from the past. Here is that cast:Visit J. Aaron Sanders's website.
Walt Whitman: James Franco or Ryan Gosling
Henry Saunders: Henry Cavill
Elizabeth Blackwell: Anne Hathaway
Samuel Clement: Sean Bean
Frankie Clement: Margaret Qualley
Isaiah Rynders: Paul Giamatti
Marie Zakrzewska: Ruth Wilson
Lena Stowe: Catherine Keener
Abraham Stowe: Dominic West
Some of my favorite films are directed by Danny Boyle: Trainspotting and Sunshine to name two. I think he brings an interesting energy to a film that would be fun to see with a historical mystery. And he often works with John Murphy on the score.
The Page 69 Test: Speakers of the Dead.
Writers Read: J. Aaron Sanders.