I love “dream casts”, don’t you? Where we can get inside the author’s head for a few moments and see how they envisioned their main characters? Serena Chase stops by the blog today to tell us HER dream cast for her latest book Intermission.
We are starlight on snow. The reflection of something already beautiful—absorbed, reflected, and remade into something . . . more.
And this kiss . . .
This kiss is everything I’ve needed to say . . . and longed to hear.
Sixteen-year-old Faith Prescott eagerly awaits the day she will exchange her small Iowa hometown for the bright lights of Broadway, but her success-driven parents want her to pursue a more practical career, labeling “artsy” people—including their daughter—as foolish dreamers worthy of little more than disdain.
When Faith meets nineteen-year-old Noah Spencer she discovers someone who understands her musical theatre dreams . . . because he shares them.
Faith’s mother despises everything about Noah—his age, his upbringing . . . even his religious beliefs—and she grasps at every opportunity to belittle his plans to study theatre and pursue a stage career. When those criticisms shift further toward hostility, resulting in unjust suspicions and baseless accusations, an increasingly fearful stage is set for Faith at home, where severe restrictions and harsh penalties are put in place to remove Noah Spencer from her life.
But Faith has never connected with anyone like she has with Noah, and no matter how tight a stranglehold her mother enforces to keep them apart, Faith will not give him up. Behind the curtain, Faith’s love for Noah continues to grow . . . as does her determination to hold on to her dreams—and him—no matter how high the cost.
Intermission is a heart-wrenching contemporary YA romance set against a backdrop of musical theatre and family drama. With coming-of-age themes that honestly explore gray areas of moral dilemmas, this novel traces the path of one talented teen girl as she crosses painful thresholds of first love, faith, and betrayal to take the necessary steps toward adulthood, independence, and the dreams that set her heart on fire
Watch for my review of Intermission – coming soon!
SERENA CHASE is the author of the critically-acclaimed Eyes of E’veria series and a regular contributor to USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog. A lifelong performer who sometimes speaks in show tunes, Serena lives in Iowa with her husband Dave, teen daughters Delaney and Ellerie, and a 100-pound white Goldendoodle named Albus, who is the biggest star of her Instagram account. Connect with Serena Chase by visiting her website and signing up for her newsletter, “like” her official Facebook page to stay up-to-date on new release news, and enjoy her sometimes poignant, but more often chuckle-inducing random observations of life on Twitter.
Choosing the “Dream Cast” for Intermission
by Serena Chase
I’m always excited about the prospect of “casting” a novel… until I start doing it and realize that my beloved characters, while fully formed and three-dimensional in my head, may not have a real-life doppelganger. But here goes…
First person point-of-view protagonist Madeleine Faith Prescott (who goes by her middle name, Faith) could be played by Emma Rofkar (Miss Ohio Teen USA 2014) or possibly by actress/dancer/singer Kira Kosarin, but both girls would need their hair to be lightened a tad to reach Faith’s “cinnamon” shade of brown. (Sidenote: I read somewhere that Kira’s real-life parents are in the Broadway biz, which is pretty cool.)
For the romantic lead, Noah, there is a nameless model on my Pinterest board who, in my mind, embodies my vision of Noah Spencer perfectly. I mean PERF-ECT-LY. But I have no idea who he is! If I had to cast someone I could point to with a name, I think I might choose—and I can’t believe I’m saying this because this show drove me INSANE when my girls watched it a few years ago—Kendall Schmidt, who is best known as being a member of the band Big Time Rush—which was also the name of the band’s Nickelodeon series that drove me nuts.
Faith’s friend sporty, blonde BFF Jenna could be played by Sabrina Carpenter.
As Janet Prescott (Faith’s mom) I would cast Elizabeth Mitchell. She is very attractive, but in a sometimes “cold” and always “do-not-mess-with-me” way. For Faith’s dad, I picture Chris Noth, who I think would do very well as the emotionally absent, not-very-vocal Dr. Joseph Prescott. I’ve always pictured a blonde, blue-eyed version of Holland Roden (from Teen Wolf fame) as Faith’s sister Gretchen, but actress Olivia Holt might do well in that role, too. Faith’s wonderful older brother, Ryan, would be played well by either Brant Daugherty or Mike Vogel (if Mike dyed his hair cinnamon-brown and wore brown contacts, of course!) And Ryan’s fiancée Danielle would be played by the lovely Jurnee Smollett.
I hope you’ve clicked through the hyperlinks to get a visual for the names with which you are unfamiliar. Please visit my Pinterest inspiration board for Intermission to see more images that speak to this story and its characters!
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