Madeleine Nesbitt – Rashida Jones: She fits the part – mentally, physically and emotionally! I want to capture Madeleine’s youth, her innocence, and her desperation. But at the same time, the one thing she wants most is retribution, and for that, she’s willing to take any risk. I’m convinced Rashida will bring her own brand of freshness to the role, and she’s the kind of woman, Madeleine would grow into.
Peter Duncan – Joe Mangeniello! YUM! He has experience chasing bad guys (First Blood TV show). He’s also the right age with an endearing quality and a sexy edge. Joe has a great body, looks at home at the beach, and has the vigor for an action movie. I believe he’ll deliver a gritty, authentic look at Peter Duncan’s life.
What are your favorite aspects of writing? Least favorite?
Without a doubt, channeling my muse and unfurling my imagination until I get what’s in my head on paper... that’s my favorite compulsion! It’s satisfying and always pleasing to paint a scene with words. I invoke the senses. All of them, sight and sound and smell and touch and taste, to make my world alive.
My second greatest thrill is harnessing that plot and sailing through the words. I even like trimming the flab, to keep the story flowing and focused on what really matters. In fact, if left to my natural instincts, I’d probably never stop editing, which leads directly to my least favorite aspect of writing, it’s difficult for me to let go. I’m a perfectionist so I have to be careful not to overwork a story. That also means resisting urges to store my manuscript in a drawer where it’s easily retrievable so I can work on it for a few more months, rather than letting it fly.
Who are some of your favorite authors/books?
I thought this question would be easy to answer, but it wasn’t. My list should be an obvious mix of contemporary mysteries, thrillers and suspense authors since that’s what I typically read. Yet, after considering what’s hot in my literary pipeline and several unforgettable classics, my choices turned out to be much more eclectic. My criteria broadened, evolving into a comprehensive list of authors who either moved me to read multiple titles or an entire series or perhaps their book(s) somehow influenced me.
My favorite classics:
Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew series), John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath), James Clavell (Asian Saga series — especially Tai Pan and Shogun), Margaret Mitchell (Gone with the Wind), Herman Melville (Moby Dick), Willa Cather (My Antonia) and Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest).