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My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Zacharias Neason

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.ZachariasorZach,is a very special case because he is part fantasy character and part real life heavy metal hero.
 
As a single woman in the dating world, I must say…it’s fugly out there. We live in a disposable society where it is very easy to become cynical about romance, but on the written page, and in the hands of a fantasy writer, love and all its benefits becomes a dream come true.
 
Zach Neason is in all honesty, my dream man.

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Bryant Mayne

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.Bryant Mayne,Bry, orBryyyyyantis one character that really IS a character. Designed after a Southern cousin alter ego I used to pull out at family dinners, and named after a very good friend from high school who still to this day is like family to me,Bryis bigger than life and voiced by many at different times in the story. Big shoes to fill, but filled they are byBen Foster,Jeremy Renner,andSean Patrick Flanery.
 

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Lilith Dante

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.Lilith DanteorLily, as you will come to know her in The Traveler, is hands down, without a shred of doubt,Angelina Jolie.And I chose her because of one, thirty-second scene.
 
In “Girl, Interrupted” Jolie plays Lisa Rowe, a drug-addicted sociopath without an ounce of moral fiber in her body, who is a patient in a mental hospital, circa1960. Daisy; another patient there, mercilessly bullied and harassed by Lisa, hangs herself.

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: RobertBenoit

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.Robert BenoitorRob,is again a very personal character; drawn from several ex-boyfriends and even the one-that-got-away. It was important for me toinclude him in the cast of my books because I would not be the person I am today without him; therefore neither would Eli. Finding the right image to voice his dialogue took some research. One morning while getting ready for work, I turned on one of my favorite TV shows and there he was…

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Consuelo Gutierrez

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.Consuelo GuttierezorConnieis again a very personalcharacter (as are all The Kindred) drawn from friends and family, so it was a matter of finding a spitfire Latina with the right look and sound. One late Friday night, while watching a late night talk show, I found her inPaulina Rubio.
 
Paulina Susana Rubio Dosamantesis a Mexican singer, actor, host, model and businessperson. Several years ago during a visit on said late night talk show, Rubio walked on the set in a sparkly fuchsia pink outfit with matching shoes, and proceeded to tell a story about a very large, very amorous fan rushing the stage while she was singing.

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Alessandro Marco Conti

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.Alessandro Marco Conti orMarcoas he is better known is another one of those characters drawn from real life. This part requires someone to fill the shoes of a very good friend and my very own brother.
 
Big shoes!
 
So it requires a larger than life actor.Bobby Cannavaleis the only man for the job.
 
You may know him as Gyp Rosetti on “Boardwalk Empire,” but I remember Cannavale as Roberto Caffey, the paramedic, on “Third Watch”…I also remember how I cried when his character was killed off.

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Peggilyn Young

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.Peggilyn Young / Pegis a difficult person to cast with an actor because it is a mosh-up of several strong women in my life and at different points in the storyline, I see each and every one. But that is not the idea behind this blog. This blog is my visual casting. So, I need to say to myself, “if I were to make this into a movie, who would I cast?”
 
I would need to take into consideration who I have playing Helen and cousin Claudia(character you are yet to meet, I apologize) because they would need to be similar in ways.

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Sean Donohue

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.Sean Donohueis an interesting case.The character is drawn from a real, live police officer I know and love, so finding an actor to portray him isn’t easy because there is no onelikethe real thing. Based solely on a single moment of film, the only actor in my mind that comes remotely close isThomas Jane.
 
In the movie “The Punisher” (the first one, not the ridiculous do-over), Jane portrays Frank Castle, the ill-fated Marvel character who is set on the road by the Saint family when Castle’s entire family is assassinated after a botched drug sale goes fatally wrong.

What did I learn this month - November

November was an interesting month filled with the three F’s…Family, Food and Fun…
Here is what I learned this lastthirty days…
 
1. I don’t care how little the doggie is or how nice they are normally, if you bring it into another dogs home, there are going to be problems.
 
2. Thanksgiving is not a time to try out exotic things. Stick to the standards. The minute you change something, you will NEVER hear the end of it, and Thanksgiving will be forever remembered asTHATdinner.
 
3. Istill