Sunday, February 28, 2016

Terri Blackstock's "If I Run"

Terri Blackstock, author of If I Run, has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series.

Here Blackstock dreamcasts an adaptation of If I Run:
My book If I Run features a twenty-five year old woman with almond-shaped blue eyes. Casey Cox is a fugitive fleeing a murder rap, and she's a complex character. She discovered the body of her close friend, and in her shock, left her DNA all over the crime scene. Instead of calling police, she decided to run. Casey has dealt with the justice system once before, and it failed her abysmally. Beyond that, she's certain that if she's found, she will be murdered before she ever makes it to prison. Because of how she looks and how complex her character is, I would love to see Jennifer Lawrence play her role. J-Law is great at complicated characters, and she has so many different looks, that I think she could easily pull off Casey's habit of changing identities and disguising her appearance.

And while it might seem cliché and overdone since they've done four movies together already, I'd love to pair her with Bradley Cooper. Bradley does a great brooding character, and my private investigator Dylan Roberts, the war-weary Army vet who's tasked with finding her, is brooding. He's suffering from PTSD, and it's keeping him from moving forward in his life. But the more he learns about Casey, the more he realizes she doesn't fit the profile of a killer. He can't decide if she's a psychopath or another struggling victim of PTSD. Cooper is the one I had in mind when I created Dylan. He has brown hair and pale eyes about a mile deep. I realize it's a long-shot that these two would ever play love interests again, but one can hope. And maybe I'll start a letter-writing campaign.
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