As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues. Robert Benoit or Rob, 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…Christian Kane.
As the young, country-boy lawyer in the TV show, “Angel”, Kane is forced into situations that no average lawyer faces including falling in love with a resurrected 14th century prostitute, losing his hand to her now Vampire ex-boyfriend, and having that hand replaced by that of a serial killer donor. All in all, not just a days work, but Kane flows through this with a wink and a nod of ease like its just another day, but deep down you can see as the show progresses that his character, Lindsey McDonald, is really not okay with it all. I was about 50 percent certain he was the one, but it was not until I saw Kane in another roll that I knew he had the chops to be Robert.
“SecondhandLions” is a family story of two brothers who must care for their great-nephew when their niece goes off to find herself. The two brothers have led exciting and adventurous lives; little do they this young man is going to be their greatest adventure of all.
As one of the brothers tells their tale and of why Hub (one of the brothers) sleepwalks, we flashback to their adventures in the French Foreign Legion where a young Hub (Kane) learns to live, love, fight and mourn all in his young life. Kane has absolutely no dialogue, but he conveys all these emotions clearly as if written for him. He is decidedly my choice for the troubled Robert.
I am certain that you, the reader, saw someone else when you first read Robert…I encourage you to share your “vision” here and why. I am always interested to hear what images my writing brings to mind in my readers.