Two things make a pretty awesome post


First, anyone who’s ever stood within earshot of me for more than 30 seconds has heard me say that Child of Fire was named to Publishers Weekly’s Best 100 Books of 2009 (hmm, the formatting for that page looks to have been borked at some point, possibly by a change in themes).

Well, Game of Cages didn’t make this years list, but Genreville editor Rose Fox did give it an honorable mention in the fantasy category.

A close but no cigar! Hey, I’m happy to make Miss Congeniality for a book where the protagonist lays into a crowd of people with a length of pipe. Thank you, Rose!

Second, the Twenty Palaces book trailer begins shooting in less than two weeks, and I have permission to link to the photo of the actor who’s been cast as Ray Lilly. Here he is.

What do you think? Does he look like your vision of the character?

8 thoughts on “Two things make a pretty awesome post

  1. Greg

    He looks a bit like more of a “nice guy” than I pictured. I think the cover art for the books also gives me a different idea of how Ray looks. How close do you think this actor and the cover art are to how you picture Ray?

  2. The funny thing is that I never picture the character’s faces as such. When I write I have the text in my head, along with emotions the story’s supposed to evoke, along with very rough visual schematics.

    So I don’t know. I don’t really visualize him in a way that I could compare or contrast with a real face.

  3. Greg

    Huh… I’d guess that it also doesn’t make a lot of sense to have the narrator in a first-person story provide a really detailed portrait of what he/she looks like (unless there’s some kind of frame story and it matters to it, I’d think).

    In most of what I’ve written (not professionally; I only write nonfiction articles for my day job) I’ve avoided detailed descriptions because I was working on screenplays and comic scripts, where somebody else handles the visual details. I usually just decide on a character’s hair color, height and build.

    Seems like writers either have an exact image of the character (I’ve read of some who model a character’s appearance after someone famous) or a very vague one.

  4. In fact, having a character describe themselves physically is a cliche in fiction, and usually not handled well. (“I looked into the mirror at my striking blue eyes and…)

  5. Sometimes these Hollywood casting types really nail it. I think he is pretty well spot on. Ray can’t be ugly after all but neither can he be a pretty boy.

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