This was a tough topic for me because I don’t tend to imagine celebrities as my characters. Sometimes after the book is done, I will run into someone and think, ‘you are the perfect Minnie.’
Several people have suggested that Sucker for a Hot Rod would make a wonderful movie (Psst! Movie producers!) So I decided to pick the cast for that movie.
Here is the blurb for the book. It is the first book in the Meddlesome Matchmakers’ Series, so several of these characters could have recurring roles.
Bryce Halloway only dates a woman once. No exceptions.
It gives him the reputation of a heart-breaker, but he can handle that as long as it keeps his mother, Dinah, from trying to marry him off. Judi Montgomery and her tempting ponytail finagle their way around official dates with car problems and driving lessons. She worms her way into his heart and entices him to want more from his life.
When health issues causes his father to retire, Bryce inherits the family-owned tractor repair shop. Can Judi’s love and encouragement give him the courage to break tradition and pursue his dreams of owning a custom hot rod shop?
When I was writing Sucker for a Hot Rod, I listened to a lot of Brad Paisley. Eventually I started picturing him as the main character. However, his look isn’t quite right. This morning it dawned on me that the lead actor in one of my favorite shows would be perfect. Handsome, stubborn, and a hard worker. Stephen Amell from Arrow.
Judi is a first year elementary school teacher who is trying to start a new life. I’m reminded of Sandra Bullock in While You Were Sleeping.
Bryce’s parents: Fred and Dinah
I pictured Fred being slightly overweight and a bit grumpy whose philosophy on life is generally his way or the highway. James Garner comes to mind, but I suppose if we are casting the movie now, I need a live actor. Hmm. Perhaps, Tommy Lee Jones.
Dinah is the personification of an overbearing mother-in-law, asking about grandchildren before the couple even had their first date. Margot Kidder who played Lois Lane in Superman (the one with Christopher Reeve – the best one ever!) could tap into her inner intrepid reporter.
Minnie has always been Helen Mirren. Yvonne could be played by Kathy Bates. Mark, Bryce’s best friend who is the main character is CEOs Don’t Cry, could be played by Hugh Jackman because every movie needs some Hugh Jackman.
I don’t know about any directors except J.J. Abrams and this story isn’t really his style. We’ll just hope whoever makes this into a movie takes these casting suggestions into consideration and let’s me be on set. I’ll try really hard not to go all fangirl on them.