Friday, June 15, 2012


Today I'm thrilled to welcome Lilian Darcy.
She has written an amazing 80+ books for Harlequin and been nominated for a RITA 4 times!

Last week the wonderful Liz Fielding had me as a guest on her blog to talk about "Saving Gerda", and somehow even though the blog post itself was a fairly serious musing on how I researched the book, in the comments section we drifted onto the rather more frivolous - and yet still critically important in every author's fantasy world - topic of who would play the characters from the book when they make it into a movie.

You can see why this is important, right?

Oh, excuse me, that's the phone. Better get it in case it's Hollywood calling...

It wasn't. Oh, well, never mind, I can still have all the fun of casting my book, without inconvenient reality stepping in. I mean, could my mythical producers really afford Johnny Depp?

In my fantasy world, absolutely!

I can see him very clearly in the role of Johannes, the shy, awkward and poverty-stricken artist who somehow doesn't know how good-looking he is.

Now, who do we pair him with, in the role of Sophie, who sees past the awkwardness?

Maybe Talulah Riley, who played Mary Bennet in the film version of "Pride and Prejudice" that featured Keira Knightley. She's looking a little older, now, than she does in this picture, otherwise she'd be too young for Johnny and too young for the role.

Then there's Kitty, who is really the main character in the book - beautiful, blonde, English and very well-bred.

How about Jessica Brown-Findlay from Downton Abbey? She could easily become a blonde.

Kitty's husband Christian is an important character in the story, although in many scenes he's a presence in the background. I like Hugh Bonneville for the role, but he'll need to be made to look a little younger than he does in Downton Abbey.

I like this picture of him, even though it's in black and white.

Finally, there's Gerda, the title character, and she's the hardest of all. I really struggle to go past the gorgeous photo of the girl on the cover of the book, but that was an old photo, and I suspect the model for it would be in her seventies by now. There is something haunting about her face, and yet she's clearly inherited her mother's beauty.

No, I really can't think of someone to play Gerda. She turns thirteen in the book, and children grow and change so fast, anyone who's out there now would be too old by the time filming took place.

Oh, there goes the phone again. Excuse me, I can't afford to miss that important trans-Pacific call...

Sigh. Still wasn't that big-time producer I'm waiting for. Never mind. The story is probably stronger in my own head... and maybe even on the page... than it could ever be on the screen.

Women's fiction and romance author Lilian Darcy has written more than eighty novels for Harlequin, Silhouette, MiraAustralia, and Mills & Boon. Under another name she has also written for Australian theatre and television. She has made many appearances on the Waldenbooks Romance Bestsellers list, and has four nominations for the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Rita Award.

You can buy SAVING GERDA here & here


Liz Fielding said...

Fabulous casting, Lilian!

PrincessFiona01 said...

Hi Lilian
Love your casting choices. Did a quick search for child actors aged six and found this little girl.

Lilian Darcy said...

Cute little girl! She looks about right, but of course she's too young, at six, and we can't tell how she's going to age. That was really noticeable with a couple of the actors in the Harry Potter movies - not the main characters, though, thank goodness. But there were one or two who just didn't look or perform right in the later movies.

(Okay, Lilian, stop taking this casting-the-movie thing so seriously!)

Kelly Hunter said...

Lilian, Dakota Fanning - she's my go-to child actor. Love the mix of vulnerability and wisdom she brings to things. Although she's probably an adult by now..;)

PrincessFiona01 said...

Heheh. I figured you would need someone who is about six now by the time the movie went into production. I agree about the ageing thing. Who knew Neville was going to turn into such a hottie?

Fiona McArthur said...

Love all of those actors. In the mood for a litle R&R now. Need a fav. Movie. Xx Fi

Nicola Marsh said...

I agree, Liz.

Especially Mr. Depp... ;-)

Nicola Marsh said...

Cute, Princess Fiona!

Nicola Marsh said...

Casting movie versions of our books is the best fun, Lilian.
Don't stop!

Nicola Marsh said...

Think she is, Kel.

But you're right, she was great as a little girl.

Nicola Marsh said...

Nothing like curling up (usually after meeting a deadline!) with a fave movie, Fiona.


Nicola Marsh said...


I take it you're a Downton fan?

I love that show for the characterisation more than the plot!

Lilian Darcy said...

I would love to be a Downton fan, but I never get to watch it! I really appreciate good acting, though. Kelly, yes, Dakota Fanning is great! But yeah, too old. I like Abigail Breslin, too, from "Little Miss Sunshine" but she's already fourteen. Just saw Emily Blunt in "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" (gorgeous movie) and thought she would be great as Kitty. Am now off to check some pictures of Neville from Harry Potter to see if Princess Fiona is right...

Nicola Marsh said...

Saw the trailer for Yemen when I went to another movie, Lilian, and it looked great!

Downton is wonderful. The plot isn't terribly exciting but the acting is superb.