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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.

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Corson

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.Corson Dantecreated a myriad of images, and the actors that could easily fill pieces of them. Corson is not just any villain. He is a lost lamb, psychotic child, a manipulated son, a power hungry, damaged fool, and a pawn. He is mad; about his mother and because of her. This part required someone with model-like features who could switch emotions in an instant, and wear them proudly with every part of his body and soul.

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: DavidReinhardt

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.David ReinhardtorDave, is not just a straight man to Bill. As his best friend, uncle to Eli and future chief of police, he possesses the command and strength of a wiser, older brother like Gary Cooper, with a dash of brash bravado like Errol Flynn. Without even thinking, I knew this wasHugh Jackman.
 
In the movie “Kate and Leopold” Jackman portrays a man who travels through a time loop from 1876 to now, and struggles to exist in a modern world where manner less people walk around mindlessly and toasters are a menace.

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Helen

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.Helen Young Dante, not only needed to have a certain look to coincide with Bill to make Eli, but she had to also posses a certain inner, quiet strength that you wouldn’t want to mess with in a dark alley.
One rainy night, based on a recommendation from a friend, I rented a movie called “Vacancy” (2007) starringKate Beckinsale.
 
“Vacancy” tells the story of a troubled couple, trying to hold their crumbling marriage together in the wake of the death of Charlie, their toddler son.

Mypersonal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Ashteroth

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.Ashteroth, or Ash,youngest of the Dante brothers, is a special case unto himself. He is virtually three characters in one at the start: young Corson, maturing Corson and Ash, therefore if played out on screen, would require one adept at playing out the pervasive mental disorder of Corson’s brain washing with ease and confidence, yet still be able to convey the fire and drive of the real Ash forging through. The day I “cast” Ashteroth, I happened to catch a movie on cable called “Adam”, starring

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Vassago

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues. Vassago Dante,orSage, goes through ad rastic and unwanted emotional and mental growth, which continues throughout The Kindred, and the entire Dante Chronicles series. Forced against a wall of time to grow up and be the King he was born to be, Sage struggles and learns the hard way with every mistake he can possibly make.
 
Everytime I picked up my pen, only one face came to mind, and one particular role that actor portrayed gave me the “white board” I needed to create the comical, sad, scared, angry and ultimately heroic character.

My personal Visual Cast of The Dante Chronicles: Belial

As I write, I envision certain actors in the parts to give voice to the dialogues.Belial, orBill Dante, was not one of the first characters designed, but he is one of the most important. He had to be the “cookie-cutter” image of my hero, who is also Bill’s child. I found all the visual and physical characteristics I needed in actor,Gary Oldman.
 
Visually I drew from his look in“Lost in Space,”but beyond that, characteristically I drew from his performances in several movies:“Nobody’s Baby,” “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” “Air Force One”