But first, I want to announce that the winner of the drawing for the signed copy of A Woodland Christmas, featuring Darlene Franklin, is:
sbsalzer@ . . .
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Okay, so the give-away. When I interview fellow authors, I usually ask them to tell us which actors they would choose to play their leads if their novel went to film. So I'm going to show you who I chose for The Perfect Blend.
Some authors don't like to put that image in the reader's mind--they worry they'll interrupt the reader's experience and imagination. But, even if I have an actor in mind when I create a character, my character doesn't look exactly like that actor. It just gives me a general idea of the character's looks and style.
The books in The Tea Shop Series have a uniting character, tea shop owner Milly Ashford Jewell, a sharp, lovable Brit. She's in her fifties, so my actor choice is a bit old, but I pictured Julie Christie when I created Milly.
For Steph Vandergrift, the heroine in The Perfect Blend, I used actress Lizzy Caplan.
I had been saving actor Gabriel Macht for a future hero for quite some time. He became Kendall James. I'm including two pics of him, because I wanted to show you his/Kendall's wonderful smile. The other is just a bonus for a Monday afternoon.
And for Steph's new friends, sisters Christie and Liz Burnham, I pictured real-life sisters Emily and Zooey Deschanel, respectively.
There you have it. Now, in order to be entered into the drawing, here's what you have to do. I'm going to describe one more character and ask you to tell us which actor you envision playing the role. I'll tell you next Monday which actor I chose, but I'd love to hear your ideas. (A blanket "please enter me for the drawing" won't get you entered.)
No spoiler alert here. Most of this information is on The Perfect Blend's back cover.
Rick Manfred is Steph's fiance, and he lives in the charming little town of Middleburg, Virginia, where the story is set. No one who loves Steph thinks Rick is good for her. Rather than taking their advice, she elopes, leaving behind broken hearts and friendships. And then Rick stands her up at the altar. She is left drastically alone in a town where she has no friends, no job, and now, no love.
Who do you envision playing Rick?
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