Friday, October 24, 2014

Soulless by Crystal Collier

Special guest today, the awesome Crystal Collier!

Casting is especially difficult for me because I'm a SUPER visual person, so when I create characters, I have a VERY specific image in mind. It's almost impossible to find a match. Because of that, there are no easy-fit actors or actresses for my characters. (Contains spoilers for those who haven't read MOONLESS. Get your copy October 13, 20, 27, 31 or November 7 for FREE.)


(Jenna Coleman--not a true match, but as close as we can get.)

Alexia's world has been a whirlwind of upsets since her first prophetic nightmare came truth with the death of a neighboring nobleman. (Say nothing about how she's begun manipulating time.) She's a determined young woman, a bit against the grain (especially for her era), who challenges the dark and fears only that the man of her dreams will come to his senses and realize she's more of a weakness and burden than an appropriate future wife. 


(Carey Mulligan, but give her light blue eyes, and one eye that droops.)

Mae is a gentle, blind soul who manages an inn on the outskirts of civilization...but don't let her easy manner fool you. With a smart tongue, she is a woman of great and deadly power. She is trusted by the leader of the Passionate with some of the greatest assets their people possess. 


(Helen Mirren)

Ethel has been around for much longer than one might guess by looking at her. With the gift to travel by mist, she's the right-hand asset of the Passionate--although she fains living as a "seamstress." She serves as a surrogate mother to Alexia and will also claim she's in retirement. (She's not.) 


(Leslie Nicol)

Nelly has a nasty history and has fallen under the protection of the Passionate leader. By his decree, she will never be asked to use her gifts, ever, but that doesn't mean she won't use them to protect those she loves.


The Soulless are coming.

Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she’s forced to unleash her true power.

And risk losing everything.

Book 2 in the Maiden of Time trilogy.

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  1. Congratulations on your release, Crystal. I'm not big on 'casting' my stories, personally. They rarely look in my head at all like celebrities.

    1. Thanks, Jeff! And I know exactly what you mean. Believe me. It took MONTHS of agonizing and scouring the interwebs to even get close to what I envisioned.

  2. I have a hard time casting my characters as well.
    I've seen Reds and it's sequel - Helen Mirren is never in retirement.

    1. Oh my goodness, Red and Red 2, classic! LOVE those movies.

  3. Yeah I never try and cast them against many celebrities either, as most of them are just egocentric anyway lol Congrats on the release

    1. Thanks, Pat. Celebrities definitely don't make the best characters. =)

  4. I've never used this technique. And my imagination never seems match who casting directors come up with for characters in novels put to film ~ so I'm not sure if it would work for me. Congrats on your release, Crystal!

    1. Thanks much! Truthfully, it took 11 years to pick "faces" for these characters. Definitely not the easiest task.

  5. Awesome characters. I did cast my characters when I first started writing, then fell in love with new celebrities and the look changed a bit. I'll let Lifetime Movies cast my characters :)

    1. See, I never cast my characters. This was hard for me, but it's a popular feature so I thought I'd take a swing at it. =)

  6. Very cool of you to be in the hop. Nice post.


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