Thursday, August 15, 2019

Reese Hogan's "Shrouded Loyalties"

Reese Hogan loves nothing more than creating broken relationships in broken worlds. With a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in journalism, Hogan has spent the last twenty years honing her craft by taking classes, listening to podcasts, and attending writing workshops and critique groups. She is passionate about music, especially alternative and punk rock, and believes that art can reach out in a way no other form of communication can. She lives with her family in New Mexico.

Here Hogan dreamcasts an adaptation of her new novel, Shrouded Loyalties:
I never thought about a cast for Shrouded Loyalties until I participated in a Twitter chat prompt for debut authors, and this came up as one of the questions. I ended up getting really into it, and making an aesthetics board to post on that day. I took a lot of time scouring the internet and picking the perfect person for each role. Here were my choices for the top five main characters:

Mila Blackwood: Letitia Wright. I fell in love with Letitia Wright when I watched Black Panther, and I think she could really pull off Blackwood’s military-minded submariner character who struggles with anger issues.

Klara Yana Hollanelea: Erika Linder. Klara Yana is a female spy who disguises herself as a male for the entirety of the book, and I have never seen anyone pull this off as convincingly as Erika Linder. The second I found her, I knew she was perfect for the role.

Andrew Blackwood: Myles Truitt. Andrew is a 17 year-old orphan who struggles with depression and self-loathing, and is drawn into enemy collaboration as he looks for acceptance. I felt Myles Truitt’s look could pull from that uniquely teenage combination of innocence and torment, and I very much saw Andrew when I found him.

Cu Zanthus Ayaterossi: Pier Gabriel Lajoie. Cu Zanthus is the enemy soldier who seduces Andrew. He’s only 19, but he’s already been a spy for five years, so he’s very good at taking on whatever look he needs to. Pier Gabriel Lajoie seems to fit the bill perfectly for someone that Andrew would fall for.

Leuftkernel Lyanirus: David Tennant. This was a no-brainer for me. Tennant is my favorite actor, and he would fit entirely too well into the role of a ruthless commander with a bad habit of killing his own soldiers when his temper snaps.
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--Marshal Zeringue