Friday, December 7, 2012

Joy Fielding's "Shadow Creek"

Joy Fielding is the New York Times bestselling author of Now You See Her, The Wild Zone, Still Life, Charley’s Web, Heartstopper, Mad River Road, Puppet, Lost, Whispers and Lies, Grand Avenue, The First Time, See Jane Run, and other acclaimed novels.

Here she shares some ideas for casting an adaptation of her new novel, Shadow Creek:
Some books are very easy to cast in my head. For example, I always pictured Michelle Pfeiffer as Marcy in Now You See Her, and James Gandolfini seemed a natural for the Sheriff in Heartstopper. Shadow Creek is harder to cast, as it's more of an ensemble piece. There are so many interesting parts for actresses and actors in this book, that it's hard to narrow it down. I try to create characters of all ages and types, so that the book will appeal to readers at different stages of their lives. Hollywood has its own ideas anyway. (Just look at the casting of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Huh?!!!) But if I were given free rein, I'd like first-rate cast of actors and actresses, and also a director who truly understands the genre, and is more interested in suspense and actual character development than in shocking the audience with lots of blood and guts, although there's plenty of both those things in my book. So, someone like Jennifer Garner, Julianna Margulies or Julie Bowen would be perfect as Val - amazing how many actresses around 40 are on TV and hardly any can be found on movie screens - Ariel Winter would be great as Brianne, and Jessica Biel would make a great Jennifer, although if I were doing the actual casting, I'd give that part to my daughter, Shannon Micol, who is equally gorgeous and a great actress to boot. (For proof, please check out her website. She also has a brilliant CD, available on i-tunes and Amazon.) Hey, what's Hollywood without a little nepotism?
Learn more about the book and author at Joy Fielding's website.

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--Marshal Zeringue