I realize you’ll probably not believe this, but the final draft of book #2 is almost done! I guess I’m having similar feelings that I had with book #1 re: ‘it’s not really done just yet’ which is why I haven’t mentioned much about it this year. So, I was a bit surprised today when I found some motivation to work on some cover looks (I had another crack at these in March 2017, if you’re interested to see).
As usual, I thought I would share with you, for feedback and other general comments. I’m trying to figure out how to get rid of the overwhelming ‘blueness’ and other overlapping colors. I’d like things to be a bit simpler/easy to read. Also, in the interest of a series, I realize this is only close to the first cover in that it’s vaguely ‘historical.’ For all the evidence out there, books should look like they belong together, but I guess I’m kind of a ‘wait and see’ and I can always do a collection of covers once they are are all finished and published.
Well, hey, looks like I’ve got some mojo to spare for my other books! Major Pain is a standalone marching novel (my last…so far…in the genr, should you be interested.
Well, of course I had actors in mind while writing this novel! As this was such a fun project with Life After Joe, once again, I thought I would give this a go. And naturally, I watched BBC’s Victoria as part of my research (and am very much looking forward to the next season – squee!). While I did read a number of biographies on Queen Victoria, it was interesting to see people from history brought to life.
Anyway, as Victoria is most notably absent in my novel, here’s my cast:
Camren Bicondova (Queen Juliette)
For reasons unknown, Camren has always been in my mind when picturing Queen Juliette. Juliette is a young, independent woman, and Ms. Bicondova (to me) would make a great choice should the Queen ever make it to the screen.
Jude Law (Askew)
Perhaps in a bit more dapper fashion than his look as Watson, I genuinely think Mr. Law would make a fine version of Queen Juliette’s Lord Steward.
Jesse Williams (Prince Estevan)
In my opinion, tall, dark and handsome princes should always look like this (In my fictional world, I would age him down to about 25). He speaks a number of languages, is quite well written, and gifts unicorns. Le sigh.
Alex Pettyfer (Captain Jonathan Cranleigh)
Our Captain of the Queen’s guard has a difficult job, trying to keep up with Queen Juliette
and ignore his feelings for her in the process.
Kat Denning (Isabella, The Black Queen/Lady Thief)
Ariana Vail (Miss Helena Westbury)
Of course I’m going to have an American running around! Helena is a smart and enthusiastic friend of Juliette (someone she definitely needs in her life).
Romann Berrux (Quick)
Every Queen needs a reliable page she can count on, and Quick is no different.
Of course, the next two books will reveal additional cast members (and I only included the principal cast here), but I wonder if there were any actors you particularly had in mind when reading The Queen of England: Coronation?
Some of these songs were important
my obsession during the writing and editing process, others just remind me of Juliette or the cast somehow:
- Royals, Lorde
- Everybody Wants to Rule the World, also…Lorde
- Trying to Throw Your Arms Around the World, U2
- Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon, Urge Overkill
- Englishman in New York, Sting
- Only Love Can Hurt Like This, Paloma Faith
- Daddy Lessons, Beyonce (although I like the CMA version with the Dixie Chicks)
- Mess, Ben Folds
- Closer to Fine, Indigo Girls
- The Distance, Cake
- One Time, Marian Hill
- Mad World, Vitamin String Quartet
- And of course, God Save the Queen
I’d put this on Spotify (or similar), but there are some restrictions living in the UAE. Recommendations are always welcome!