Thursday, October 22, 2009

Beth Kery's "Daring Time"

Beth Kery writes for Berkley Sensation, Berkley Heat, Ellora’s Cave and Whiskey Creek Press. She grew up in a huge house built in the nineteenth century where she cultivated her love of mystery and the paranormal. When she wasn’t hunting for secret passageways and ghosts with her friends, she was gobbling up fantasy and romance novels along with any other books she could get her hands on. Currently she juggles the demands of her career, her love of the city and the arts and a busy family life. Her writing today reflects her passion for all of the above.

Here she shares some casting ideas for a cinematic adaptation of the recently released Daring Time:
I actually had asked my readers the "My Book, The Movie" question about my time travel/erotic romance Daring Time.

We narrowed it down via consensus to Eric Winter cast as the alpha male, twenty-first century detective, yet cerebral Ryan Daire, and the lovely, spirited Anne Hathaway as early twentieth century suffragette, Hope Stillwater.

The readers had a lot of fun with it, and web designer Fiona Jayde even came up with a movie poster with Chicago as the backdrop.

I rarely have an actor or actress in mind when I write a character; I typically want to provide some milestones as far as physical appearance and allow the reader to link the dots in their own minds to formulate their ideal hero or heroine. I will admit that for Hope Stillwater, who is the feisty and likeable heroine in Daring Time, I did have a fairly clear image that sprung into my mind's eye. However, Anne Hathaway would fit that vision nicely.

Who to direct Daring Time, which includes two different centuries and the necessity for some apt symbolism to distill manifold meanings (not to mention convey a sense of intense eroticism without making an X-rated movie)? I'd love James Mangold, who directed the romantic time-travel Kate & Leopold, among other great movies, but my first choice would go to M. Night Shyamalan because he does do a great job of concentrating diverse meanings into single images, and because--whether he realizes it or not (or desires it or not)--his movie The Village had some of the classic elements of a romance novel.

Yes, M. Night. You have been known to draw sighs out of females at romance book conferences in regard to the The Village.
Read more about Daring Time, and visit Beth Kery's website and blog.

--Marshal Zeringue