Publisher: Booktrope Editions (18 Jun 2013)
"What is a heart if not the ultimate clockwork?"
Abigail’s young life was saved by the kindness of strangers: Schuyler Algernon, the man who found her collapsed on cold city streets, and Quinn Godspeed, the doctor who risked everything by breaking the law to keep her fragile heart beating.
As the truth about what she’s become and her feelings for her saviour overtake her, Abigail is forced to ask what constitutes life, living, and what dark secrets are contained within Godspeed’s past and the walls of Schuyler’s house.
About the Author
February Grace is a writer, artist, and poet who lives in Southeastern Michigan. She sings in key, plays by ear, and is more than mildly obsessed with colours, clocks, and meteor showers. GODSPEED is her debut novel.
Guest Post ~ The GODSPEED Dream Cast by February Grace
If I had my absolute pick of actors to play the characters portrayed in my Steampunk/Romance novel, GODSPEED, the following actors would definitely be my first choices…
As Doctor Quinn Godspeed: Ewan McGregor
There is actually no one else I have ever been able to imagine in the role of Godspeed himself since the beginning, other than Ewan McGregor.
When I was first getting to know Quinn at the beginning of the writing process, I thought of McGregor (a favorite of mine already) and looked up some photographs of him. I saw one black and white photo with his hair spiked, and with the lighting it almost looked silver instead of blond- and that was it. That was my visual for Quinn, in my head, from then on.
I have had a couple of other possibilities occur to me since, but none that fit the man as I imagine him as well as McGregor does.
As Schuyler Algernon: Dan Stevens (Of Downton Abbey fame)
I had a blank in my mind for the longest time when it came to ‘casting’ Schuyler. He was such a bold and commanding presence, he seemed to dictate his own existence to me without need of a physical representative to hold his place in my mind and heart. It was only after watching Stevens closely in the role of Matthew Crawley I thought that, given the right wardrobe and hairstyle, he could definitely carry off the role with distinction.
As an alternate I have just recently considered that Arthur Darvill (Rory from Doctor Who) could make an AMAZING Schuyler, though his features are different than Schuyler is described in the story. I absolutely adore Darvill and I think that he could make a very poignant, heartbreaking Schuyler.
As Abigail Courage: Zoe Boyle (Known best for her role as Lavinia Swire on Downton Abbey) When I was tasked awhile back for coming up with a ‘dream cast’ for the first time, I had a very difficult time deciding on an actress that would suit the role of Abigail, our heroine.
Then suddenly a memory of Boyle as Lavinia came to mind, and that was it: I could see it so clearly. She is so lovely, delicate, and carried herself with such quiet dignity in that role on Downton that it is very easy for me to see her as Abigail.
I can clearly imagine her starting off frail and close to death (she played that part very well on television as Lavinia) but then finding her voice and asserting herself later on in the story as she recovered and became more certain of herself and her feelings for Quinn.
Boyle would make an absolutely splendid Abigail.
As Pennington Renfrew: Niall Horan
First: please don’t laugh! Yes, I do mean THAT Niall Horan, from the world famous boy band One Direction.
As the mom of a teenage girl 1D has been on my radar for a long while now, and when I saw Horan I thought immediately that he fit the bill as far as I imagined Penn looking. Now I have no idea if the lad can act, but being that my knowledge of actors around that age is extremely limited (being a Mom I don’t keep up much with who is big with the kids these days— probably not as much as I should!) he is who I picture in the role.
When I think of Penn, I think of Niall. And as a companion to his character, Marielle, I see…
As Marielle: Rose Leslie
Leslie is yet another actor that I am familiar with because of Downton Abbey (where she played the role of ladies’ maid Gwen) but she really is just how I pictured Marielle.
Her red hair and fair skin, as well as the spirited way she carried herself in the role as Gwen were enough to convince me that she would make an absolutely smashing Marielle.
As Madame Weatherall: Audra McDonald
Beautiful, incredible, multi-talented star of stage and screen…Audra McDonald, was the one and only actress that I imagined playing the role of Jib’s gorgeous, elegant, brilliant mother (and heiress to an airship fortune to boot) Madame Weatherall.
When I started writing her character, I began with a description of a hat that I saw in a catalog (which I now own, it was given to me as a birthday gift by a dear friend after I finished the book.)
I imagined the hat first, then her tilting up her head so I could see the face beneath, and there, from the beginning, was Ms. McDonald’s flawless face. I have never even tried to imagine anyone else in the role in my mind, because she is such an absolutely perfect fit.
As J. Robeson Weatherall: LeVar Burton
What is there to say? LeVar Burton would be the perfect Magistrate Weatherall. He could command the respect and portray the depth of this secondary, yet ultimately very important character, to perfection.
If you’ve already read GODSPEED you will note two major omissions from my dream cast…list. Two VERY important characters. Why is that?
Because even after all this time, I still have absolutely no idea who should be cast in the roles! Perhaps you can help me out with that in your comments!
If you have any idea who would make a good Jib (AKA Jon Weatherall) or Lilibet, please, drop me a line and give me your input! I would love to know how you see them.
So there you have it, my GODSPEED dream cast. I hope that you will enjoy imagining your own faces upon the characters, as well, as you read the book. After all, every reader will, and should— if I did my job correctly— make the characters their own.
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