A story is all about characters and a writer must get into "character" so they can live and breath and entertain. To do that, I use character bios to help me round out my character's personality. I also cast the characters. I find that casting the characters really give me a strong visual of them and the actors style also gives the characters an added depth.
I'm going to share my casting choices with you for The Wolf's Torment. These actors are in no way affiliated with the story and their images have been used for inspiration only.
The initial inspiration for Mihai was actor Jon Hensley circa 1985-1986. He's best known for "Holden" on As The World Turns. I love Hensley's look during this time. He's tall, well defined, has that thick ebony hair and his character at the time had a bit of an edge to him.
However, if casting Mihai for a movie right now. I just might select Daniel Radcliffe from Harry Potter. Daniel is young, well defined and has the eyes I envision Mihai has.
The initial inspiration for Theresa was young Julianne Moore. She has the eyes and hair I envision for Theresa. However, if I was casting Theresa for a movie right now, I'd cast Jennifer Ferrin. She's best known for her work as "Jennifer" on As The World Turns, but she has that look that is completely Theresa.
Oh, Paul Walker is perfect for Viktor with his blue eyes and blond hair. I just melt when I see him.
I love Jennifer Love Hewitt for the role of Sonia. She captures that delicate femininity that Sonia embodies.
Michael Douglas has that older look to him and I can imagine he'd pull off Stelian's "saltiness" with ease.
Christian Bale is perfect for my heartless werewolf, Bane. He's got the grit and hard edges that Bane needs.
Young Hecuba is Emmy Rossum. Emmy has that young, exotic look I envision for Hecuba. For Old Hecuba I'd cast Olympia Dukakis.
Keri Russell is perfect for Beatrice. She's got that auburn hair and winsome smile that embodies Beatrice's personality and makes her look convincingly like a sister to Ferrin's "Theresa."
REVIEW FOR THE WOLF'S TORMENT
From The Pen & Muse:
A complete werewolf story through and through, Burkhart does it again with an amazing cast of characters, entertaining dialogue and plot. Lovers of historical paranormal romance will enjoy this read, the first in the Moldavian Moon series.
ENJOY THIS EXCERPT:
A knock on the door shook her out of her musings.
Mihai entered wearing breeches tucked into riding boots and a simple white linen shirt with long sleeves. "Do you have a minute?"
She put the brush on her bureau and motioned for him to sit on her bed. "What, no 'good morning?' Where are your manners?"
Mihai flashed her a quick smile, but paced the length of her bed instead of sitting on it.
Something had made him anxious. "Good morning, Sonia."
"So, what has you so full of vigor this early in the morning?" she asked.
"I had a dream last night."
He stopped and looked directly at her, his eyes dancing with confusion. "Theresa came to me in a dream. She wanted to wish me a Merry Christmas."
Sonia raised an eyebrow. She knew he was sensitive to the emotions of those around him and his dreams were exceptionally vivid. Their mother was a witch and they suspected these sensations were inherited from her. Sonia was good at reading others' expressions, but she wasn't as sensitive to those around her -- not like Mihai.
"Say something," he said.
Sonia smiled, the imp in her unable to resist teasing him. "Did you wish her a Merry Christmas back?"
"Sonia, do not joke!"
"What do you want me to say?"
"I...I don't know. What's she like? Did you see her in September?"
"I did, and in fact, she sent you a gift for Christmas. It's under the tree. I sent her one back from you."
"What did you send her?"
"An ornament for her tree."
He clasped his hands in front of him. "Thank you for being so thoughtful."
"You're welcome, but why are you so anxious? It was just a dream."
His shoulders tensed and she knew he was in turmoil. "Does she have auburn hair? Hazel eyes? Is she slender?"
"She's very pretty," said Mihai. It was more of a statement than a question.
"She has attractive features, I suppose."
"She's pleasant? Has a nice disposition?"
"Yes. Why are you asking me all this? What did your dream tell you?"
"I've been dreaming of her since I was five. She was a girl then. My last dream was several years ago, before I left for England. I stopped dreaming of her while I was away."
"How unusual. You don't just dream of the same person over and over."
"It's our mother's blood working in me -- I'm convinced of it."
"So...are the dreams good or bad? They don't sound harmful. Are they perhaps enlightening?"
"No, they aren't harmful. Theresa is a lovely young woman and I fear I might have ruined things for her."
BLURB: Mihai Sigmaringen has a secret – he's a witch. Will love give him the courage to save his family from a destructive werewolf.
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About the Author: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She also served as an MP in the US Army. Multi-published, she has a children's book, "The Giving Meadow" with 4RV Publishing. She's an avid reader , loves coffee in the morning, and her favorite Harry Potter movie is "The Prisoner of Azkaban."
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