Monday, May 22, 2017

Wendy Webb's "The End of Temperance Dare"

Wendy Webb's novels include The Vanishing, The Fate of Mercy Alban, and The Tale of Halcyon Crane.

Here Webb dreamcasts an adaptation of her new novel, The End of Temperance Dare:
Oh, this is fun. I imagine how my characters look when I’m writing my books, sometimes imagining real life actors. So here goes, for the main characters from The End of Temperance Dare.

Miss Penny: Maggie Smith
Miss Penny is the departing director of Cliffside Manor, daughter of Chester Dare, the philanthropist who build Cliffside as a tuberculosis sanatorium back in the day and turned it into a retreat for artists and writers when TB was cured. She hires Eleanor and sets in motion the events of the story.

Eleanor (Norrie): Sandra Bullock or Amy Adams
Norrie, the new director of Cliffside, is coming off of years on the crime beat at the local newspaper. She’s burned out and wants a less stressful life, but finds anything but. She is vulnerable and a bit damaged by her years of immersing herself in horrible crimes, but she is also funny and strong and smart.

Nate: Nathan Fillion.
Coincidence? No! Nate is funny, a wisecracker, handsome and completely adorable, with sandy brown hair he can’t keep out of his eyes. Just like Mr. Fillion. Yeah. I’m a fan.

Richard: Idris Elba
Richard, a photographer who comes to Cliffside for a retreat, is brooding and thoughtful and Norrie’s partner in trying to solve the mystery of what’s going on at Cliffside. He’s also a total badass when the situation warrants it. I had been imagining a Colin Farrell-esque man when I wrote the book but, hey, it’s my movie so I’m calling it for Idris Elba.
Learn more about the book and author at Wendy Webb's website.

The Page 69 Test: The Tale of Halcyon Crane.

--Marshal Zeringue