Fancasting The Order of the Key

In August, I participated in an online event for Kyra Dune’s release of her latest YA Fantasy novel, Elfblood. As those events go, I played a game with attendees. For this specific game, I decided I would throw out some character description and let other people cast the characters for my upcoming novel, The Order of the Key. I promised to post the best results here, so here we are (Also, read to the end for a quick publishing update)!

Jacklyn Madison: Jacklyn is 18 years old with dark curly hair, hazel eyes, and an athletic build. She’s kind and loving, but she’s got a sarcastic streak, quite a bit of pride, and a big mouth that always seems to get her into trouble. She starts out a little naive but she becomes stronger the more she learns in her time at the Estate. She’s tough, a fighter, but gentle…even killing monsters leaves her feeling guilty.

The submissions for Jacklyn, some of them seemed far too innocent. Some of them seemed far too sexual. To me, the best entries skated the middle of the road between sweet and sexy. 

If you wanted known actresses, you could go with one of these two.

Belinda Clemons suggested Pretty Little Liars star, Lucy Hale. I could totally see this!

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Another good one? Lori White Lazzara suggested ex-Disney star and musician Demi Lovato.

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If we’re looking at a relative unknown, Lori White Lazzara came up with another option.

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I HAVE NO IDEA WHO SHE IS! Her picture is all over the place on hair styling websites and she’s gorgeous, but I don’t know who she is. So…if anyone does, let me know. 🙂

Kyp Franklin: Kyp was born a leader. He’s incredibly intelligent and driven, but he’s emotionally closed, somewhat hard to read. Known for his complex relationship with the truth, Kyp has a one-track mind. He has every intention of turning the current mission of The Order upside-down. Dark-haired, dark-eyed, brooding and attractive, Kyp would probably be the last person in the world to even consider his own appearance…unless he can use it to manipulate his way into a better position to meet his goals.

MANY gorgeous guys were submitted for Kyp, but all of them…while fun to look at…scanned a little too old for Kyp, and…I hesitate to say this, a little too beefcake.

Personally, I’ve never had a casting idea for Jacks. But I have had one for Kyp. Kevin Zegers of The Mortal Instruments would be my choice…although the eyes are wrong. The rest, however, are so perfect for Kyp, I almost made his eyes blue. No, not really.

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I’ve written about this before. I had no idea who this guy was when I dreamed Kyp up, but I saw him and was blown away by how close he was to my mental image of him.

Lavinia Franklin: Lavinia is refined and cold. She has a temper, but is far more the type to cut you with her words through gritted teeth, or wait until later, so she can destroy you when nobody is watching. Her brutal side is mostly hidden unless she feels she requires a show of strength. Devious and manipulative, Lavinia always has a plan. With long brown hair and a tall and slender figure, Liv is just as beautiful as she is deadly.

For this one, Angela Walker Cruz was the closest to my idea of Lavinia. Actress Jo Champa has the right look in many images of her.

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My own personal casting choice for Lavinia, would be Hemlock Grove‘s Famke Janssen.

Her entire face screams, “Don’t screw with me.”

There are plenty of other characters, but if I did all of them, it would take quite awhile. I think that once the book is released, I will revisit the idea again, and ask for some feedback from readers about who they would like to see.

For anybody wondering what’s up with the release, it has been delayed due to a few necessary edits and the fact that we are hard at work at an amazing cover that will do Jacklyn and her crew justice. Once things are set and the wheels are in motion, I will let you know all about it. Don’t forget about me. The Order of the Key is still well on the way. It will be in your hands soon, and now that I’ve found my forever publishing home, the next ones will be released much more smoothly.

Do you all have any casting possibilities for me? Please feel free to post them below!

Theories of a Collective Unconscious

Carl Jung once said, “…in addition to our immediate consciousness, which is of a thoroughly personal nature and which we believe to be the only empirical psyche…there exists a second psychic system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals. This collective unconscious does not develop individually but is inherited. It consists of pre-existent forms, the archetypes, which can only become conscious secondarily and which give definite form to certain psychic contents.”

This theory that we all share one knowledge base, inherited from our ancestral lines, which we use as our resource when we do anything else, is nice, in a ‘We Are Family’ sorta way.  I once would have thought it was a crock, but lately, I’m not so sure.  Here are three examples of some ‘Are you kidding me?’ writing moments, that may prove Jung’s theory.  They will require that you trust me implicitly, because they are pretty unbelievable.

1) The Secret Circle Scene Swap – On my lunch break at work, I had a brilliant idea for a scene in the story I was developing, The Order of the Key.  That scene involved my two magickally inclined seventeen year old leads, Jacklyn and Kyp.  Kyp has known about his powers all his life and has some practice in using them, but his romantic interest, Jacklyn, is just learning that they even exist.  In an attempt to teach her more, the two travel out into the forest behind his house and do a little spell practice (or something that sounds less dirty than that just sounded…).  They have a romantic moment, and this scene ends up being the set up for their first kiss.  

I wrote this entire scene before I got home from work that day.  I came home so excited about it, that I literally forced my husband to read it.  He gave me notes on it and we discussed it.  Then we settled in to watch the premiere episode of The Secret Circle.  

About halfway through the episode, the main character, Cassie, freaks out about powers she has just discovered and runs out into the forest.  Her romantic lead, Adam, follows her trying to calm her down.  He shows her how to do a spell, which they perform together to perfect results.  And they ALMOST KISS…and I let out a bizarre little shriek as Ismael nudged me, wide eyed.  

Really?  REALLY?  I had just written this!  

The Secret Circle was based on a book series that I have never read.  Was that scene in the book?  I have no idea.  All I know is that show totally copied off of me.  Totally.  

2) Main Character Brain Plant: When I write, I usually have some physical model in mind for my main characters, that I use to help me nail down certain things about physical appearance in the initial, seed growing process of a story.  Usually, these things evolve over time, and I end up with a very different looking or behaving character than I went in with.  But what happened with Kyp Franklin when I was drawing him up has never happened to me before.  Kyp sort of arrived in my head fully formed.  He’s an arrogant hero with a perfect memory, who firmly believes he is capable of protecting anyone from anything despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.  This alone gave me all kinds of ideas for his quirks, his mannerisms.  Physically, Kyp would need to be strong, but not overwhelmingly strong.  Jacklyn, the lead of the story, was the physical superhero out of this group, Kyp, the mental superhero.  So, while he should be tough (after all, he’s spent his whole life training to fight), he shouldn’t be muscle-bound.  As for his face…it just seemed to arrive in my brain.  I had no idea where it came from, but as I wrote, I could see this person in my head.  

Fast forward to a year and a half after Kyp had been created.  A trailer had been released for the movie adaptation of a series that I have something of a love/hate relationship with, The Mortal Instruments.  I watched the movie trailer with excitement, to see how my two favorite characters, Simon and Alec, would be portrayed.  

Alec appeared and he was Kyp.  I mean, he is EXACTLY what I pictured in my head.  Only his eyes are wrong – light when they should be dark.  Eagerly, I looked up this actor.  His name is Kevin Zegers, and while I believe I had seen him in passing before (I remember all of the critical acclaim behind his character in Transamerica), I had never seen anything with him in it before (at the time.  Lately I’ve been watching everything he’s ever been in – I have an obsessive personality), nothing to make me have such a very clear picture of him in my head.  We’re talking mannerisms, gestures, faces – I don’t know where he came from.  But I do know who I want to be casted in The Order of the Key movie, should there ever be one…

3) Joss Whedon / Stephenie Meyer / Guillermo Del Toro Wrote My Plot/Characters/ENTIRE BOOK SERIES.

Below please find a side by side comparison of stories that others came up with, and stories that I did, in explanation of the headline above.

a) Angel Plotline, by Joss Whedon: When Cordelia loses her memory, her friends lie to her in an attempt to keep her calm, but the lie unravels spectacularly when the heroine is attacked by the very creatures that supposedly never existed.

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Rebirth Plotline (part of the scrapped trilogy mentioned here: When the heroine loses her memory, her friends lie to her in an attempt to keep her calm, but the lie unravels spectacularly when the heroine is attacked by the very creatures that supposedly never existed.  Nope.  Not joking.  Exactly this.

b) The Host, by Stephenie Meyer: The heroine, named Melanie, is infected by an alien parasite but it is unable to fully take over.  She ends up sharing her world with this alien being, but her infection separates her from the love of her life, and when she finds him again, he is a member of the resistance against the aliens, and said alien causes complications in any attempts at rebuilding a relationship between them.  Ian O’Shea, a friend, has a strong dislike for the alien, but eventually grows to care about it.

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Dark Galaxy, by Justine Manzano – The heroine, named Melinda, is infected by an alien parasite, but it is unable to fully take over.  She ends up sharing her world with it, but her infection separates her from the love of her life, Shamus, and when she finds him again, he is a member of the resistance against the aliens, goes by the name of Shay, and said alien causes complications in any attempts at rebuilding a relationship between them.  Bobby, a friend, has a strong dislike for the alien, but eventually grows to care about it.  Still not joking.  I’ve been working on and off on this story for 5 years.  

c) The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan: – Civilization is taken over by vampires.

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Eclipse (the scrapped story Ismael and I were discussing here: The island of Manhattan is isolated and overtaken by vampires.  The discovery of The Strain may have been the final nail in Eclipse’s coffin.

Evidence enough of a Collective Unconsciousness?  Well, to me, it’s either that or there are bugs planted around my house, mining for ideas.  But I’m not in the market for a tinfoil hat yet.  I’ll go with the psychologist’s theory instead.

Has this ever happened to any of you readers?  Post about it in the comments.