About the Authors
Everyone who knows me knows I’m a movie and TV freak. I watch so many shows I can barely keep track and while I don’t go to the movies as often as I used to (or like–have you seen ticket prices?!), I have my “go-to” films when the time comes. So it’s no surprise that whenever I start writing a new story, I get instant images in my head as to who I’d cast as my characters. Normally I don’t share them (except on Pinterest for anyone who’s interested). I don’t want readers going into the story with a preconceived notion as to what the characters should look like. But the opportunity to “cast” this story is too good to pass up. Besides, who doesn’t like looking at beautiful people, right?
For The Christmas Wish, my novella included in the CHRISTMAS, ACTUALLY anthology, the name of my hero, Dean Galloway, may have been inspired by a certain Dean on TV (ahem, SUPERNATURAL), the actual look of him has a bit of a tweak.
There are some actors who just “hit” from the second I lay eyes on them. When looking for images of my Dean, I did not have to look much further than Chris Hemsworth. Okay, I rarely look past Chris when it comes to seeing the heroes in my books; something I’m going to have to move past, I’m sure. But look at him–he’s so dreamy, but there’s an intensity behind those eyes, a dedication to family, to friends, to honesty that really spoke to me when I imagined Dean. First and foremost, Dean is about his daughter; what makes her happy, making sure she has everything she needs. Of course it helps knowing that Chris, in real life, is so in love with his wife and kids that it really does make you believe in happily ever after. See why he pops up a lot in my head?
Casting my heroines has always been problematic for me. Typically, I use another medium for inspiration (I’m a doll collector), but when I saw this picture of Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), I knew that was Callie. There’s a flirtatiousness about her along with a self-assuredness that I know would appeal to Dean. Callie is not a waif, not a wall flower. She has a strong personality with a few faults that frustrate Dean to no end. Callie is also a character who, like a lot of women including myself, overextends herself and worries about disappointing anyone. She will always stand up for her family, do what’s right (even if it’s to her own detriment) and tends to put everyone before herself. It will take a strong man to get her to see the effect it’s having on her life, but I think Dean (and Chris) are up to the challenge.
I’d love to hear what you think? If you’ve read a Christmas Wish, who did you see? Better yet, who would you cast as Eliza? Lots of precocious little kids in Hollywood these days (and in the past)…let’s complete the cast!