So as a relatively new writer I am forced to begin writing a blog. As this is my frist attempt at one I’ll just do a quick skip through all the get to know you nonsense by doing a Q and A so we can then get to the more interesting material.
What inspires you to write?
I get bored incredibly quickly and as a result I find myself creating characters, scenes and stories in my head while I pretend to pay attention to the world around me. I’ve done this for as long as I can remember so writing stories was inevitable. I wrote my first story when I was nine, but as it turns out it was quit the steaming pile so I won’t ever let that see the light of day.
What is your favorite genre?
I like almost everything except straight romance. I am a huge fan of horror and sci fi though. I love the original Dune series of books and while I was in Japan I found myself pretty fond of the Hellboy and the Conan comics.
What are you reading right now?
The Tibetan Book of the Dead, which contrary to most of the Hammer horror films will not let you summon the dead, nor does the Egyptian book of the Dead.
What are you watching right now?
I am still trying to get over the fact that Burn Notice has ended, but in the mean time I like to watch Archer, Mystery Science Theater 3000 reruns, Supernatural, Justified, Nightstalker, Grimm, Elementary and whatever slice of fried gold is floating across the Sy Fy channel that week. C’mmon Sharknado 2!
What is the funnest part of the process?
Sometimes the research is by far the most fun. Since I write about people who have a very wide skill set I have to at least try some of the things that they can do in order to be accurate. This means I spend time at the gun range, taking horseback riding lessons, doing defensive driving classes, or getting a pilots liscence for a helicoptor. Other times talking to experts on any given subject can be very interesting.
The writing itself is very gratifying and I do felt a great sense of accomplishment when a story is finished, but sky diving is more fun.
What do you do when you are not writing?
I’ve watched almost all of the Netflix catalogue, everything worth seeing anyway, but if I’m not doing that I’m usually doing research in some form. I split my time between working with a paranormal research team and doing ride-alongs with another group of experts. Whatever down time I have between those I spend reading through old books, case files, and journals for material to convert into stories.
Which three books would you take to a deserted island?
Idiots Guide to Surviving on a Deserted Island, Idiots Guide to Raft-building on a Deserted Island, and something funny.
Ok, so that’s about all I feel like writing about myself. Feel free to ask any questions you want. Now lets’ move onto to something more interesting, let’s cast the move “The Siege of Fort Brown”.
Tom: I’ve always picture Freddy Rodrigues as Tom. He’s slightly short, but we see that he is more than capable of kicking ass in Planet Terror.
Weston: When I think of Weston I see Timothy Olyphant, just normal looking enough to blend in with a crowd, but he can easily summon the intensity necessary to gun down a horde of zombies. His performance is Deadwood and Justified make him a perfect fit for a bloodthirsty gunslinger that likes his job way too much.
Captain Hawkins: Paul Bettany would work very well as someone that could lead and inspire his men in the face of an undead onslaught but still take the time to get pissed at Weston and take a swing at him. Bettany has proved that he can do action with movies such as Inkheart, Legion, and Priest.
Major Brown: Sam Eliot. All you have to do with Sam is put him in a costume and get him to scowl a little and he adds weight, dignity, and sheer awesomeness to anything he’s in. In addition to that his age and demeanor reflect a man that could command a fort on the edge of potencially hostile territory.
General Arista: To avoid the death sentence that is casting a white actor as any kind of ethnicity I’m going with Javier Bardom. Not only is he a fantastic actor but he has the looks to pull off a Mexican general. We saw how playfully evil he could be in Skyfall, and hopefully he can bring that same energy to the role of the dead general.
Sergent Apone: Though this seems like a small role, little more than a walk on for this movie, Apone does reappear in future stories. With that in mind I would like to see a strong character actor who wouldn’t eclipse anyone else. So I’m going with Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
Private Burke: Elija Wood. We’ve seen him act the entire spectrum from comedy to drama to action. With his work in Lord of the Rings, Wilfred, and Sin City he has clearly showed he can go from annoying, to irrational, to insane quickly and believable.
Elaina: Zoie Palmer is a reoccurring character on Lost Girl, and she has the ability to pull off the thousand yard stare of a whore ridden too hard while still retaining enough dignity to be a sympathetic character.
So that’s my ideal cast for the film adaption of The Siege of Fort Brown. Did that come close to what you saw in your mind while you read it? If you can think of better actors to play the parts please let me know. With that I am ending my first blog. Feel free to post questions, comments, or concerns on anything related to the story.