Friday, July 25, 2014

Captured by Love: Behind the Scenes --- CASTING CALL and Giveaway with guest Jody Hedlund

So happy to have Jody Hedlund on the blog today! Leave a comment below answering Jody's question and I will randomly draw a winner for a copy of the book

Behind the Scenes of Captured By Love
The Movie Cast of Characters From Captured by Love
Every time I start a novel, I find a model or actor/actress to represent each of my main characters. I usually wait to do this until after I've fleshed out the characters a little bit and gotten to "know" them. Once I'm familiar with their personalities, quirks, strengths, flaws, etc., then I'm better able to narrow down someone to play the role.
The search for just the right person is sometimes time-consuming. And I often end up changing people a couple of times before finally finding the one I like the best.
Pierre the Voyageur and Heart-breaker:
I had the most difficult time finding an actor to play the role of Pierre Durrant. I wanted someone with a French lineage because Pierre is of French-American descent (having had a French father and American mother). I needed a dark-haired, dark-eyed, rugged-looking man who exuded the strength of a voyageur.
I chose the young version of the French actor, Olivier Martinez. I would have liked him to be slightly more humorous with a cocky smile and laugh. But this particular picture of him has the kind of smile Pierre would have worn that says, "I'm good-looking and I know the effect I'm having on you."

This picture shows more of the reality of his situation, especially all of the danger he finds himself facing as the book unfolds.

Angelique the Heroine:
I chose curly-haired red-headed Jessica Chastain to fill the role of Angelique Mackenzie. Although Angelique hasn't had much to smile about in her young life, Pierre always has the ability to make her laugh with his playful antics and fun-loving ways.

Angelique is a caring and selfless, giving up her own meager fare of food for her adopted mother, Miriam. Although Angelique is beautiful, she tries to hide behind the plain clothes, high collar, and tight bonnet her step-father requires her to wear.
She's much more comfortable in a canoe catching fish than in a ballroom dancing. She'd much prefer swimming and splashing in her secret pond than sipping tea in a fancy sitting room. And she'd rather climb a tree barefoot than dress in the fanciest gown and slippers.
Jean the Brother and Fiancé:

Brett Tucker is cast as the fair-haired Jean Durrant. Jean adores his childhood friend, Angelique, but he knew that she always preferred Pierre. After Pierre ran away from the island,  Jean was happy to have Angelique's attention all to himself.  To help her escape her step-father and to give her the home she longs for, Jean asks Angelique to marry him.
Before they have the chance to be married, the British invade the island and require every American male to swear an Oath of Allegiance or be deported. As a farmer, Jean loves the island and loathes to leave Angelique and his mother behind at the mercy of the British. But his loyalty to his country and his honor demand that he do the right thing.
Little does he anticipate that while he's gone fighting in the war, Pierre will come crashing back into their lives and disrupt all of their carefully laid plans.
As you can see from the pictures and descriptions, Angelique is caught in the middle of two very appealing men! She has a tough choice ahead of her. Will she stay with loyal, steady, loving Jean? Or will she chase after the wild, carefree man who's already broken her heart once?
There you have it, dear readers! Which of the heroes do you like better? And why?


Rachael K said...

Generally fiction is the only place cocky guys are remotely desirable, so in reality I would much prefer the steadfastness and loyalty of Jean. But, given that this is fiction, I'm sure Pierre's good points far outweigh his cocky attitude, and I will be rooting for him.

Thanks for the giveaway! rachaeldalquist(at)yahoo(dot)com

Liz Johnson said...

Jessica Chastain!!!! I ADORE her! I have to write a red-headed heroine just so she can be cast in the role. She's incredible.

Sorry...this post was about the book. Which, of course, looks amazing! But definitely, definitely I'd go with Jean. That might have something to do with me not loving the actor for Pierre's character. :) Which doesn't really count.

But that Brett Tucker, is adorable. Thanks for sharing!

bn100 said...

Pierre because he sounds fun

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Traci Myers said...

I prefer Jean for his loyalty. I'm afraid Pierre will only break her heart.

Emma said...

I think I'd prefer Jean....not only because he'd Brett Tucker, and I have a special place in my heart for him as an actor, but also because I take loyalty very seriously.


Jody Hedlund said...

Thank you so much for stopping by today, everyone!! I'm so glad you all came!

And a big thank you to Rachel for having me today!!

Elyssa said...

I think I'd choose Jean, because he sounds like he truly does have a special place in his heart for Angelique.


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Anonymous said...

I haven't read the book yet, so I have limited information, but personally I would likely prefer Jean. I appreciate steadiness, responsible, and devoted. However, I think Angelique must follow both her heart and her head to be happy. She must determine who she really loves and if she can be happy with him long term. A happy marriage over the years needs both components.

Unknown said...

Pierre sounds fun. Being handsome helps:)

Unknown said...

From what I have read in this post, I think I prefer Jean. And that actor is definitely handsome. Can't wait to read this book.

Carol Garvin said...

Interesting to read of Jody's 'casting' process. I'd be rooting for Jean. I prefer the steady, loyal type... but mmmm, that Pierre is deliciously handsome! ;)

I still don't have a copy so would love to win one: caroljgarvin(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Jean because of his loyalty to America and Angelique... Stable and hardworking!!

susanlulu said...

I pick Jean. I like loyalty in a person.

Kelly O. said...

I have to go with Jean as well. Bad boys can be fun but they usually leave a lot of heartbreak in the end! kosterbind (at) gmail (dot) com

Jody Hedlund said...

I'm really enjoying reading all of your answers!! So many of you are rooting for Jean! You'll have to let me know which of the men you preferred once you read the book! :-)

Patty said...

Haven't read the book yet, but based on your brief description and the photos I think I would choose Pierre!