As I mentioned in one of my previous blogs, movies have always been an important part of my life. This was probably more the case when I was a young boy in the 1950′s than it is today. There are many good, and even great, actors and actresses who stand out in today’s cinema. When I began putting my stories down on paper a few years ago, I don’t know why I was surprised that the stories I wrote played as movies in my mind, but that’s how it always works for me.
In my thriller, The Monkey Toy, it even went further than that. As I started to develop the character of Amanda Pardeux, it became apparent only after a few sentences, that I was visualizing actress Kathy Bates, (one of my favorites), as Amanda. This character portrays a middle-aged woman who has information regarding the alleged 1947 cover-up of the Roswell, New Mexico incident, that she has kept secret for many years. This information answers questions about a mysterious object that is found present day, on an uninhabited Korean beach.
Admittedly, a particular actor or actress does not come to my mind for every character in my stories. It’s just on occasion that the light turns on in my head and I visualize the character that I’m writing about as a certain actor or actress.
I guess it’s every writer’s dream that the story they’re writing will make it to the silver screen. In my case, if such a miracle ever happens, I would have to insist that Kathy Bates play the role of Amanda Pardeux. Any other actress would be unthinkable!