As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues. Lilith Dante or Lily, 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. Lisa’s reaction is something I cannot forget.
Lisa (Jolie) has a moment on screen where she stares at the body, still hanging from above. The look on her face is the most frightening evil I have ever seen. She ranges from mystified, to childlike curiosity, to inner joy…but at the core is evil in its purest form. Apparently, I am not alone in my praise of her performance either. She won an Oscar for this part. Jolie can easily and without doubt, be the mother of all evil…Lilith.
I am certain that you, the reader, saw someone else when you first read Lilith…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.