Dream Big Blog Hop

Aztec 1

I was invited to take part in the Dream Big Blog Hop.  I was originally scheduled to post on the 20th, but due to a car collision I was rather sedated and unable to attend to my blog, much less anything else for a short time.  Thankfully, I’ve been given a reprieve to go ahead and post this. 

I don’t know about you guys but so far this year has been horrible for me.  First the flu, then a week of drugged haze as the antibiotics and other meds affected every aspect of my life.  I played catch up for a short time then BAM!  Literally,  a head on collision.  My car is toast! See that picture up there?  Yeah, that was my baby.  It was a great little SUV.  It gave its life  for me, the paramedics said that in most head on collisions, the driver is usually seriously injured or dead.  I’m grateful to be alive and came out of it with minor injuries.  No broken bones.  Yeah, the Aztec was like a tank.  Ironically, the other ladie’s car is repairable.  RIP Aztec, or as my mother once said ” you know, one of those natural disasters” in referencing my car.  (She was thinking Avalanche but couldn’t remember that it was an Aztec.)

So, enough about that, moving onto the blog hop:

Cody Martin was kind enough to invite me to participate in his Dream Big Blog Hop. Here are the questions and answers.

Writing is largely solitary, and sometimes a lonely endeavor. Sure, you talk to friends, experts for research, discuss what works and what doesn’t with your editor, and bounce ideas off of fellow writers. But in the end it’s one person pounding the keyboard or twirling the pencil. But what if it didn’t have to be completely alone? Who would YOU work with if you could work with anyone on your favorite project?

In this post, that’s what I’m asking. Choose a person for each category and tell why you want to work with them. If you want, feel free to post their picture, a piece of their work, or a link to something about them. The only rule is that the person must still be alive.

Writers dream. Now it’s time to dream BIG.

You have the opportunity to hire anybody as your cover artist. If you write children’s books or books that are heavily illustrated, who would you get for the interior artwork?

I would choose Boris Vallejo for my cover art. When I was a teen I remember selecting my books based on the cover art.  Anything in the fantasy genre was better than the required readings of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, or even the entire works of Edgar Allen Poe.  I read voraciously.  I still do, although lately I’ve spent far more time writing than reading.   Boris Vallejo’s art was always inspiring to me.  He did the covers to the Conan books before Arnold or Jason Momoa ever brought Conan to the big screen.

Dragon tattoo by Boris Vallejo


Boris Vallejo’s Art

Who would you co-write your next novel with? What genre? Why?

Katie McAlister. Because I love her sense of humor, love her writing style and have greatly enjoyed all of her books.  Mostly romance and paranormal romance, Katie tops the list of writers I would love to have a glimpse inside their heads.   Unfortunately most of the others are dead.

I don’t recall ever reading any interviews where Ms. McAlister stated whether she’s a pantser or planner but I would imagine she’s a pantser. If nothing else it would be a blast to work with her.

Your publisher wants to do an audiobook version of your novel and they’re not sparing any expense. Who do you think can narrate your masterpiece?

Wow!  This would be totally awesome.  OK, I’m going to cheat here  and give you two, first I will have to consult my co-conspirator for Love Notes.

For Kiss of the Dragon I would choose  Clive Owen to do the narrative because he has a very sexy voice.  It is deep, resonating, and purely awesome. If I was allowed two more to do the lines for characters – I would have Charlize Theron do the voice of Isabelle, and Patrick Stewart do the voice of Zane.

For Love Notes I would choose Kate Winslett to do the narrative.  I think her voice is sultry yet soothing.  The perfect mix of sexy yet innocent to convey Stephanie’s personality.   If allowed to do the lines I’d select Alex Kingston to do Stephanie’s voice, and Sean Bean to do Rob’s voice.

They’re really going all out! Your novel is getting a full soundtrack. Who should compose it? If your novel uses a lot of songs, list your compilation here.   (Hmm, Ben what do you think about this?  He offers no opinion here.)

For Kiss of the Dragon:  I would use various artists for the different chapters, or scenes.  Evenescence Bring Me To Life would be the theme song for Kiss of the Dragon. Linkin Park Burn It Down,  Skillet Monster, Katy Perry  Wide Awake, and Tiffany Thornton magic mirror.

For Love Notes:  I would choose Kings of Leon Use Somebody  for the theme song.  Other than that, I really hadn’t thought about much of a soundtrack for this one.

Congratulations! Your novel is being turned into a major motion picture. As the creator of the original work, you get to pick the director.

This has got to be every author’s dream.  I know when I write I see it playing in my head as if it were on the big screen.  I try to write it down before the scenes are forgotten.  I hate those intermissions, sometimes they last a long time.

I would hire Peter Jackson to direct  for Kiss of the Dragon, as I feel he would do my dragons justice. 

I would choose Doug Liman to direct Love Notes.   He did an outstanding job on Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Jumper.  I like his style and his visuals.

The director has some ideas on who to cast, but you get to cast one character. What role/character is it and who portrays them?

For Love Notes I would cast Michael Caine as Oliver Henry Winfield, the  head of the bureau; army buddy of Rob’s dad and godfather to Rob.  If we couldn’t get Caine for that role then Parker Posey to Play Danielle Vincenzi, Rob’s handler and spurned ex-lover.

For Kiss of the Dragon I would cast Sean Bean as Merryk, Zane’s friend and confidant.  (And the good thing is he won’t die!  Not only that he gets his own book (movie) later!)

You’ve been hired to write a novel based on a preexisting character or franchise from another medium. Which character or franchise is it?

Hehehe – I’d write a Richard Castle novel, based on his life before Beckett.  this is probably the only TV series that has captured my attention for a few years.  Since I don’t get to watch Game of Thrones, or True Blood.  *sigh*  There are aspects of living in the country that are less than stellar.

It’s the anniversary of your favorite literary character’s debut. You’ve been hired (yay, work!) to write an anniversary novel. Who is the literary character?

Hmmm,  I’ll let my co-conspirator field this one.  He’s been my consultant in certain areas, has added the male perception of Rob and has greatly improved my plot.

Arsene Lupin – from a series by Maurice Leblanc.  He was the first counterpoint to the detective.  French, a criminal with real style, a gentleman thief.  The french raffles if you will.  He paid homage to another of my favourites the esteemed Sherlock Holmes and I would say, is the first real subversive literary anti-hero.  My love affair began reading a short story where when confronted with a notorious murderer on a train he robs him.  Leaves him bound and gagged for the constables with a note.  He was a subversive criminal but he had a line  and the frankness and charm of the character I found enthralling.  Mugging a notorious murderer and leaving the police a note of thanks and a bank account for the reward to be wired to,  all the while escorting and protecting the wife of a Prison governor that had imprisoned him.  The sheer joy of crime with elegance, with verve and beauty,  it is just a wow moment for a young boy.

The Dreaming continues tomorrow with Colleen Rose.  Also, check out Abyrne Mostyn.  Don’t miss it.

Thank you Cody Martin, for including me in this!

Write on my friends, write on!  Never stop dreaming.

2 comments on “Dream Big Blog Hop

  1. I think my totaled car beats yours… LOL Glad you are feeling a bit better.

    I just wouldn’t be able to answer questions like the above as I’m totally out of touch outside of books.

    Love Castle… Hey are you the anonymous author of the Castle books?


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