Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Author Spotlight - Casting Victorian Scoundrel

Part of my research includes "casting" my characters as part of creating my character biographies. For me, casting the characters helps me to visualize them. As a second benefit, the actors usually bring depth to the characters because I can draw on their performance for inspiration.

For "Alice" I choose Mena Survari. Alice reminds me of "Alice in Wonderland" and the phrase "through the looking glass" comes to mind. Ms. Survari captures that delicate balance of wanting to do the right thing, curiosity, and innocence – and yet Alice isn't as innocent as you think.

For "Edmund" I chose Robert Pattinson. He's got the playful mischievous look to him, but Edmund isn't as self-absorbed as he appears to be. He's got a serious side, too.

For "Grayson" I picked Orlando Bloom. He's hot. He's charming. He's clever. What more could you ask for?

For "Sir John" I picked Ralph Fiennes. Sir John is complex. He cares for England deeply. He's also very guarded and ultimately he has to believe the unbelievable if he wants to protect England.

"Keira" is inspired by Keira Knightly. I've always enjoyed her performances. She embodies a quiet strength in her acting which the character needs.

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REVIEWS: 5 Stars, Readers Favorites, Molly E: I have never read a Steam Punk novel before, but because of her fantastic writing, her engaging plot line, and fun loving characters, it will NOT be the last. I highly recommend this with highest of 5 stars, and I can't wait until the second Windsor Diaries installment releases!

5 Stars, Tami Dee, Author of the Mists of Time Series: Stephanie Burkhart has a fresh, quick, quirky, inventive imagination and she gives the readers of Victorian Scoundrel a delightful mixture of all of the above!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 Operator for LAPD. Her favorite football team is the New England Patriots. She lives in California.


  1. I can picture and appreciate them all except Pattinson. His Twilight glumness is so firmly planted in my brain, I can't see the mischief and creative genius your Edmund requires.

  2. Steph, your choice of actors is perfect. I can really see Alice, Grayson and Edmond now.

  3. I love your character pics and photos. It really adds to another layer to Victorian Scoundrel. Wishing you all the best with this steampunk!


  4. Great job, Steph! The actors you picked are spot on! I loved the book, btw. :-)

  5. Barbara, have you seen him in Harry Potter 4? He's a little bit more loser. Doesn't talk as much, but you see more of that playful glint. I hear he was really good in Water for Elephants, but I'm waiting for DVD to see it.

    Mona & Tami, I'm so glad you enjoyed the book and you can see these actors playing those characters.

    Maggie, I agree - it gives it an extra quality to be able to picture the characters.