As some of you already know, I've just signed on to do three novels based on my Fangborn world! Awooo! Actually, it's three novels AND three short stories, as described in the trade press:
“Multiple Edgar, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity-Award nominee and winner Dana Cameron's SEVEN KINDS OF HELL, in an urban fantasy series, pitched as “Dan Brown with Fangs,” and featuring the Fangborn shapeshifters and an archaeologist, to David Pomerico at 47North, in a three-book, three-short-story deal beginning in March 2013 and continuing with alternating stories and novels every six months through the fall of 2015, by Josh Getzler at Hannigan Salky Getzler (World).”
The books will be available in all formats (print and ebook). This means I'm expanding my horizons: a new project, with a new set of characters, in a new genre, with a new publisher. You can bet I'll be keeping busy in the foreseeable future!
As you can imagine, I'm wicked psyched about this! Ever since I started writing about the Fangborn in “The Night Things Changed,” I've loved that 'verse, and now I get to explore it on an epic scale. Siblings Gerry and Claudia Steuben take part in the adventures, but I'm introducing a new protagonist: Zoe Miller is a young archaeologist with more secrets—and more problems—than most.
When I shared the news with my fellow Fatales, jubilation reigned, and they immediately jumped to the most important question: Who will star in the movie(s)? Can Hugh Jackman and Benedict Cumberbatch be in the film? Where will the premieres be?
While there are no plans for a movie (but, hey, anyone know a studio head?), it never hurts to dream. It got me thinking: Who would play the Steubens? Who would play Zoe? Who would direct? Clearly, it was time for a little game of “Fantasy Casting.” Any actor, director, etc., living or dead, from any period, any movie. This is what I came up with:
I know Gerry the best, so he was easy: I've always seen John Krasinski as Gerry. All-American, hopeful and earnest, I think he's a great fit. Also, he's a local boy, born near Boston, so he's familiar with how we talk around here.
Claudia's always been a little harder for me to pin down: she's empathetic, but tough, and a little uptight. Maybe Jessica Pare, who plays Megan Draper, from "Mad Men?" She looks right, but can she fight? Perhaps Rose Byrne, who played Dr. Moira MacTaggert, in "X-Men First Class?"
The first thing I said when I was saw Mary Elizabeth Winstead in "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" was: I don't know that she is, but to me, she's Zoe! Some casting choices are easier than others! Maybe you'll see her as Zoe, too, when you get to read Seven Kinds of Hell in 2013 (boy, do I love saying that!).
So, Gentle Readers: have I nailed it, or missed it by a mile? Who would you cast in your favorite books?