Friday, May 12, 2017

Jenni L. Walsh's "Becoming Bonnie"

Jenni L. Walsh spent her early years chasing around cats, dogs, and chickens in Philadelphia's countryside, before dividing time between a soccer field and a classroom at Villanova University. She put her marketing degree to good use as an advertising copywriter, zip-code hopping with her husband to DC, NYC, NJ, and not surprisingly, back to Philly. There, Walsh's passion for words continued, adding author to her resume.

Becoming Bonnie, her debut novel, tells the untold story of how church-going Bonnelyn Parker becomes half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo during the 1920s. The sequel Being Bonnie will be released in the summer of 2018.

Here Walsh dreamcasts the lead for an adaptation of Becoming Bonnie:
This is especially fun to dream about because the film/tv rights for Becoming Bonnie, which tells the untold story of how Bonnelyn Parker becomes half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo, were optioned by a production company. Of course, authors don’t typically have much say in the development or casting of the show (unless you are someone like JK Rowling), but I’ve done my fair share of imagining on my end. And I’ve narrowed down whom I’d be eager to see as my version of Bonnie Parker to three wonderful actors, based on two main attributes.

First, it'd have to be someone with a similar 5-foot-nothing stature, and, second, I’d want a gal with a great singing voice, because my novel includes original lyrics that my Bonnie and Clyde pen together.

That leaves me dreamcasting Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Aubrey Peeples (Nashville), or Darcy Rose Byrnes (Sofia the First, Y&R) as half of my Bonnie and Clyde.
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The Page 69 Test: Becoming Bonnie.

--Marshal Zeringue