If we were making a movie version of my novel,
What’s Left, who would you cast as her grandmother Bella?
This would be a big juicy part, starting with her romance with Nicky in the war years. And don’t overlook her working mom action with five kids in tow. By then, nearly everyone in town knew her.
A large Queen Anne-style house with a distinctive tower something like this is the headquarters for Cassia’s extended family in my new novel, What’s Left. If only this one were pink, like hers. (Manchester, New Hampshire.)
In the (highly unlikely) movie version of my novel,
What’s Left, who would you like to see as her best friend, cousin Sandra?
Of course, that also means thinking of her blended genetic heritage and who could embody it.
A large Queen Anne-style house with a distinctive witch’s hat tower something like this is the headquarters for Cassia’s extended family in my new novel, What’s Left. If only this one were pink, like hers. (Claremont, New Hampshire.)
In the still-in-my-dreaming movie version of my new novel,
What’s Left, who would you cast as her great-grandmother Maria?
She’d have to be a firecracker, for starters.
Maria Pappas serving the “perfect Greek luncheon” in Tarpon Springs, Florida, June 27, 1947. (State Library and Archives of Florida via Wikimedia Commons.)
In Cassia’s family’s past, there may have been scenes food like this.
If we were making a movie version of my new novel,
What’s Left, who would you cast as her vibrant aunt Nita?
Remember, she’ll have to have short red hair. (Well, I guess we can cut it or dye it, if that helps you decide.)
Cassia’s family restaurant has me looking more closely at the ones around me. (Lowell, Massachusetts)
Oh, if my new novel,
What’s Left, were being made into a movie, who would you cast as her uncle Dimitri?
Remember, he has to possess Adonis good looks — and wit to match.
In the novel, Cassia invokes a blessing for toads — well, maybe its more of threat to anyone who harms one. (Photo by Judy Webb.)
Nearly every novelist of the last half-century, at least, must have had moments of dreaming of a screen adaptation. (And, yes, nearly every one that was adapted was never as good as the book. Oh, well.)
As a critical aside, we’ve seen too many novels that were thinly disguised screenplays. Yet while my new novel was created as a purely literary effort, I’m impressed by great cinema.
If we had a movie version of
What’s Left, who would you have play Cassia’s aunt Pia?
She’d have to project so many dimensions!
Greek Orthodox icon of the Virgin Mary of Mount Athos (and details) created by Father Vasileios Pavlatos in Kefalonia, Greece using the technique of Pyrography. (Via Wikimedia Commons.)
Cassia’s roots included inspiration like this.
Imagining a movie version of my new novel,
What’s Left, who would you like to see portray Cassia’s great-grandfather Ilias?
He’ll have to be gentle, wise, even shrewd, as well as an excellent carpenter.
Baklava Kymi, Greece, photo by Mari Beika via Wikimedia Commons.
In the family, Cassia may have had food like this.
In the (still imaginary) movie version of my new novel,
What’s Left, who would you cast as Cassia’s great-grandfather and his brother — our Aristotle and Pericles (Ari and Perry)?
The man behind the counter of this diner in West Frankfort, Illinois, is its proprietor, Gus Vardas. Photo from Kim Scarborough via Wikimedia Commons.
In my novel, the family restaurant could have been like this.