So we're onto day three of the YALC Readathon! How are you all getting on? Remember to let us know what books you're reading and loving by using the #yalcreadathon hashtag on Twitter!
Today I've got a great guest post from CJ Skuse, one of my favourite UKYA authors. She's here today to share her dream cast for her latest book, Dead Romantic. If anyone's in need of a pick me up in the form of shirtless hunks then you'll probably want to keep reading...
CJ Skuse’s Dream Cast for Dead Romantic
My third YA novel, Dead Romantic, is the first book which I had almost fully cast in my head before writing. With my first, Pretty Bad Things, I had my mother, father, grandfather and boy twin, Beau, all cast and ready to go but my main character, Paisley, was just a body and a personality – with blue eyes and blonde hair. No one really ever got the part. In Rockoholic, I had some characters out (Mac was a young Adam Lambert, Jackson was a young Seth Gabel, Hallie was Dakota Fanning etc) but some always remained hazy – including my main character, Jody. Dead Romantic’s cast looks something like this…
CAMILLE MABB: Camille is, basically, a ditz. She’s very much still a child and hasn’t had those important life experiences yet which force you to grow up and think about more sensible things. She’s also still very much a mummy’s/daddy’s girl and she kind of likes it that way. Meeting Zoe and later, Louis, is her spring board for growing up. I originally saw Camille as a 16-year-old version of the toddler, Cree, in Rockoholic. Physically, she is pretty much Pandora from Skins series 3&4.
ZOE LUTWYCHE: If Camille is Pandora in Skins, then Zoe is Effy. Or at least, she has the same kind of tone/bleak outlook as Effy, but the brain of Einstein. Facially, at least, she is Frances Bean Cobain; stunningly beautiful if a little scary to the untrained eye. She has the blackest hair, the bluest eyes and walks with an air of superiority. She is one of the few people I’ve written who kind of has the right to walk that way cos she’s an utter genius.
LOUIS BURNETT: *sighs* Ah Louis, love of my life. Wherefore are thou? You just bring ALL the noms. Anyway, *ahem* Louis is basically a timid version of Clapton Davis, a character portrayed by Josh Hutcherson in Detention. Louis has brown hair, brown eyes, weird dress sense and an insane but quiet desire for Camille. I have an insane desire for Louis which continues to this day.
SEXY DEAD BOY: Even though *spoiler* we don’t get to properly meet Sexy Dead Boy, I always imagined him with blonde shaggy hair and perfect, well, everything else. A little bit Alex Pettyfer with a soupcon of River Viiperi. With the mind of a deranged genius Gerard Way. What a combo...
So, there you have it, CJ's dream cast for Dead Romantic? What do you think? Those of you who have read this one, did you picture the characters in the same way as CJ?
CJ will be at YALC so if you want the chance to meet her make sure you head to her writing workshop at 11.30am on Saturday July 12th, and her signing, which is at 2.15pm, also on the Saturday.