One of the most exciting things I love about releasing and promoting a new book is the opportunity to make fun and creative posts like this one where I discuss a little thing called dreamcasting. Now what is dreamcasting, some of you may ask? For the uninitiated, dreamcasting is where I share who would be my ideal picks to portray the players of my novel in the hypothetical live-action adaptation. This often gets very interesting for me because how I envision the characters in my head while writing the characters and the actors portraying them can sometimes be vastly different and it sort of creates a sister universe of my own source material. That will probably make sense to absolutely no one else except a fellow storyteller. In any event, let’s proceed. . Continue reading
Life for Noah Scott changes drastically when he is accepted to Hollowstone Academy, one of the most prestigious boarding schools in the country set in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee. Within the hallowed halls of the illustrious school, Noah soon discovers that the world of the privileged is rife with social hierarchies, politics, depravity and corruption. It is also there that Noah meets his roommate and best friend, the charming and enigmatic Caleb Warner.
Tragedy soon strikes when Cal is brutally murdered in a hold-up. But when Noah is haunted by Cal’s ghost, he soon discovers that the random act of violence was in fact a premeditated one. Determined to uncover the truth and find Cal’s killer, Noah soon finds that the school and its patrons have more than their share of secrets. Secrets they are willing to preserve at any cost. Noah also quickly learns that greater supernatural forces are at play. In a race against time, Noah must solve Cal’s murder before he’s the killer’s next victim.
You know, I’m beginning to suspect that you all aren’t feening for Hollowstone the way I want you all to be. While I know June 17 can’t get here fast enough you all, and I know you’re eagerly counting the days, I don’t think some of you are quite dying with the frenzied anticipation as I would hope.
But fear not. This is an area of opportunity for me, to step my game up. And step it up, I shall. GAME ON!!!!
So to entice you further to purchase my debut novel on June 17, and get you even further hyped, I realize I should introduce you to the main players of this saga. But more than that, we’re also going to discuss a little thing I like to call dreamcasting.
One of the things I’m repeatedly asked is if I was to cast a film of Hollowstone, which actors would I pick and why. When I was filling out the marketing/press packet for Parker Publishing. I actually gave a bio on the characters and supplied pics of actors who I thought could capture the essence of the characters.
It’s interesting because the characters I envisioned while penning the novel are different from the “movie version” (and we all know movie versions are stories that take place in a sister universe). Two or three actors could’ve easily played one role while I couldn’t envision anyone else playing another role, some were older, some were perfect, some I wouldn’t have considered and now I can’t consider anyone else…. and well……yeah….like I said, interesting. But a lot of fun though.
I’m dreamcasting my own novel. EPIC!!!!!
Okay, I’ll stop rambling now.
Below are the principle players of Hollowstone and the actors who I think would take.
Cal Warner– Caleb “Cal” Warner is Hollowstone’s residential bad boy with the heart of a poet. The centerpiece of the saga, Cal is the culmination of James Dean and Jay Gatsby. Most of Cal’s past is shrouded in mystery which only adds to his allure and his charm. One of the wealthiest kids at Hollowstone, Cal plays by his own rules and flippantly ignores the pervasive social hierarchies and politics. While parties, writing and sex are Cal’s vices, his heart of hearts ultimately belongs to Abigail Phillips, the motivation for Cal attending Hollowstone. In fact, when it comes to women, Cal believes there are only two kinds: Abby and every other woman on the planet. Cal also forms a close brotherly bond with his new roommate, Noah Scott who often acts as his moral anchor. The two teens bring out the best in one another. Whereas Noah learns strength from Cal, from Noah Cal learns about compassion and the true definition of family.
Noah Scott- Noah is the Nick Carraway to Hollowstone’s Great Gatsby. A very spiritual Catholic, he also serves as the story’s moral compass. Noah is a gifted violinist which repeatedly establishes him at Hollowstone. Small in stature and soft-spoken, Noah is often overlooked, especially when in the company of the charismatic larger than life Cal, but to the astute observer, Noah is a formidable force in his own right.He is proof to the old adage, “It’s always the quiet ones.” This is further illustrated when a determined Noah searches for the truth about Cal’s murder and will stop at nothing until he gets answers.
-Lee Thompson Young
Neely Daniels– Spunky, outspoken, and not afraid to be her own woman, Neely transfers to Hollowstone to search for answers regarding her brother’s death. She soon learns that the murders of her brother and Cal are connected and teams up with Noah to get answers. Neely is not without her share of gifts. In addition to being an accomplished martial artist, she posseses limited psychic ability due to a near death experience at a young age. She can see the auras of others, sense supernatural fluctuations and is the only other person aside from Noah who can see Cal’s ghost. A bisexual Wiccan teen in a Southern conservative prep school, Neely is accustomed to being treated as an outcast for being true to herself.
Abigail Phillips– The daughter of a televangelist, it’s little surprise that Abigail is a very spiritual and compassionate young woman. It’s also little surprise that Cal views her as an angel. As class president of the student body and girlfriend to Chris Goddard, Abigail is considered royalty at Hollowstone. Upon leaving Goddard, Abby decides to follow her own heart. However such decisions aren’t without consequences, as she’ll soon discover.
Vaughn Pope– A laid back rock music aficionado and a computer hacker, Vaughn leads a mellow life. Of course said mellow life becomes a far more chaotic when he becomes romantically involved with Neely Daniels and helps her and Noah discover the truth behind Cal’s murder.
Cassidy Reeves– Cassidy epitomizes the term overachiever. All business with a no-nonsense demeanor, she is also known as Hollowstone’s resident “Ice Queen.” However under that tough exterior is a shy and lonely young woman who yearns for friends, love and acceptance that she never received from an emotionally abusive mother. A warmer side of the Ice Queen begins to manifest when her relationship with Noah evolves from antagonistic to friendship.
Chris Goddard– Arrogant, sadistic and cruel, Chris doesn’t mince about the fact he thrives on abusing and terrorizing others he deems as inferior. Goddard is consumed with destroying his bitter rival Cal Warner at any cost.
Phyllis Goddard– As one of Hollowstone’s “royalties,” Phyllis is no stranger to putting on airs and keeping up appearances to present herself as a “proper lady.” Underneath the demure confident exterior lies an individual who is as cunning, calculating and ruthless as her brother Christopher, if not moreso.
-Rachele Brooke Smith
Brianna Allen– Resident bad girl, Brianna is Abigail’s good friend and becomes a love interest for Noah. Jaded and cynical, Brianna is the classic rebellious rich girl who acts out and indulges in promiscuous sex, drinking and drugs to garner some modicum of attention from her dysfunctional neglectful parents.
Randy Tyler– Randy is the quintessential idealistic 20-something teacher who soon finds himself taking a stand against the corruption and politics at Hollowstone. When he refuses to modify his grades to pass the Hollowstone football players (and thus jeopardize their season), he soon comes under fire.
Wallace Miller– Miller is a science teacher and assistant football coach at Hollowstone. Like many at Hollowstone, Miller isn’t without his share of secrets.
Ryan Foster– Quiet, kind and reserved, Ryan is a young man who has spent his life apologizing for his existence, whether it was his abusive older brothers and parents or horde of bullies at Hollowstone for being gay. Not surprising, he spends most of his days blending in the background to avoid attacks. But when tragedy hits, Ryan decides to strike back and take a stand, once and for all.
Elias “Eli” Cole – One of the Hollowstone Knights football players, Eli stands out as one of the few members of the team (and the school’s “elite”) who is kind and warm. But as Eli comes to a crossroads in his life, he finds himself on the outs with his former friends. He also discovers himself through an unexpected romance with an unlikely classmate.
Levi Nolan– The most feared teacher at Hollowstone Academy, Prof. Nolan could best be described as Edna Mode’s older brother. The renowned surly musician becomes an unlikely mentor to Noah Scott.
Ruby Scott– Ruby is Noah’s great grandmother who raises him after his parents die in Hurricane Katrina. Wise, soft-spoken, armed with a sharp wry wit, Ruby carries herself with grace, class and inner strength and is an homage to elder Southern black matriarchs.