I thought I would share a little ‘dream casting’ for The Raveners, if it were ever to become a movie.
First off, we have our heroine, Dr. Alexandra ‘Lexa’ Horne. As with all of my female characters, Lexa is plus sized and she has very naturally red hair. (I’m not joking. Galiena von Steinberg of Teufel and New Austrian Order has auburn hair. Next female character won’t be a ginger! I promise!) When I think of Lexa, I tend to think of Christina Hendricks. While Hendricks is, by no means, plus sized, she is a little bigger than a lot of the women in Hollywood. Another choice would be Hayley Atwell, though she really isn’t bigger at all. It’s really hard to find actresses who are bigger in Hollywood. If any of you remember Kate Winslet in Holy Smoke? When she was red haired and a little heaver than she is now? That would be my ‘dream Lexa.’
For Kurt von Wittelsbach, I would choose is Ken Duken. At first, I thought Duken looked too young, but then I saw a few of his more recent works and thought… yeah. He has it. I really like his look in some period pieces. Karl is a bit of an enigma. Visually, he’s in his mid thirties, but that’s also mid 30s for someone of a thousand years ago. I think Duken could carry that off. In some of his period pieces, he really looks fantastic.
Ludwig von Gravenreuth could only be Matthias Schweighöfer. Ludwig is so stereotypically German looking- blond, blue eyed with a large, Edwardian moustache. Schweighöfer played Manfred von Richthofen in the Red Baron and again, was a bit of an inspiration for the character.
If he would do it, about the only person I could ever see as Pentadourn is Morgan Freeman. In fact, when I was reading the book to my mother, she even said he felt like Morgan Freeman. So there you go. Mr. Freeman- if you ever see this? You are 100% Pentadourn and will always be Pentadourn to me.
Tchéky Karyo is the only person who could play Baron Gustav Rothschild in The Raveners. He has a perfect mix of stern power. In fact, I thought of Karyo when I first started writing the character. He has a small part in The Way as a policeman and it really inspired me when I was creating the Rothschild character. He just looks strong and very capable. And his accent is like butter!
Another character who had their ‘actor’ very firmly in mind from the moment I created him was Cardinal Mungo Kerr. In my head, I see Michael Byrne. He has those ice cold eyes and yet in some films, they can be rather gentle. I can really picture him in a heavy, scarlet, moire cassock.
Dr. Charles Forsythe would be Ron Donachie. Again, needs a walrus moustache.
Fellow Canuck Françios Arnaud as (Commandant) Médecin Principal Bernard Llense. A little young, but yes. And he would look damn saucy in an Armée de Terre uniform.
Liev Schrieber is totally Dr. Jack Bennett. "Lexa was sure that all the archeology undergrads wanted him as a prof."
Genre: Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: BadBird Publications
Date of Publication: September 20, 2016
Word Count: 100k
Cover Artist: Pranav Lohani
Photo by Blackbird Photography
On 26 May 1897, Bram Stoker brought us the story of Dracula; an undead creature who terrorised the living by drinking their blood. He based his creature on the legends of Ireland and Eastern Europe, bringing it to life with all the pomp of Victorian literature. What if his concept was correct, but the execution was not? What if there was not one creature, but a band of twenty-four? Crusader knights who committed such a terrible act that the Pope of Rome and the Rabbis of Jerusalem joined together in petitioning God to bring a terrible curse upon them.Sentenced to eternal life as punishment for their crimes, yet hounded by both the clerical and the secular as they struggle to live them. The Jews called them Ga’ashekelah: the Raveners. To the Catholic Church, they are the Accursed Ones. Feasting on the bodies of the living to maintain their power.
What starts as a simple trip on the Eurostar to the buried trenches of World War One in Northern France is going to take Imperial War Museum expert Dr. Alexandra Horne on a journey she could never have conceived. From the bustling streets of Paris to the azure waters of Collioure and the very Vatican itself, Lexa will discover the Raveners and those who have sworn to hunt them down.
About the Author:
LD Towers travels the world like a rootless vagabond! A military historian, she searches out places of conflict to find a deeper insight to the things she writes about. Presently enjoying the warm weather and azure seas of Central America, she has lived all over Western Europe, including 5.5 years in the incomparable Berlin.
Primarily working in Historical and Military Fiction, LD sometimes sneaks in the odd Dystopian or Modern Thriller piece. In fact, her new book is a complete redo on the vampire concept. Look for The Raveners; coming September 20, 2016.