It was just a little over a year ago when my mother and I started talking seriously about the idea of her revising an old novella of hers into a full-length novel. And now . . . that novel is not only written but also published and available for all of you to read! I have to pinch myself sometimes to believe it, but it's true.
I am so thrilled to be hosting this blog tour, celebrating the launch of Until That Distant Day, my multiple award-winning mother's finest, most compelling, most beautiful novel yet. You can read my review of it on Goodreads if you like. And be sure to take advantage of the .99 Kindle special, which runs through the whole week of this tour! I hope all of you will enjoy spending the next week getting to know Jill Stengl and her story a little better in this "interview" tour. Each blogger got to ask her one question, and her answers are surprising, insightful, and hilarious by turns! (Yes, I got to sneak a peek at all of them in advance.)
To start things off, I decided to ask a lighthearted sort of question. It's one I always struggle to answer myself, so it's a bit unfair of me, I'll grant you. But I was curious to know what she'd say! So I asked her: "Who would you cast to play the main characters in the movie version of Until That Distant Day."
Here's what she had to say:
Jill Stengl: I never “cast” my characters while writing a book, but it was fun, although slightly frustrating, to try to cast them after this book was complete.
Frustrating because nearly every actor I could find to play either Doctor Hilliard or Saint-Jude Fillion had blue eyes! And red-haired actors suitable to play all the various Girardeaux proved nonexistent—I settled for fair-skinned actors who could convincingly dye their hair and eyebrows.
You (Anne Elisabeth) suggested Romola Garai for Colette Girardeau DeMer, and I found this lovely photo of her in period clothing . . . and with red hair. Perhaps Colette wore her hair in such an ornate fashion for the masked ball?
Alex Pettyfer has suitable features to play Pascoe Girardeau—just picture him as being short and red haired!
Chris Evans works well as Étienne Girardeau. He has the right boyish face and the big shoulders of a blacksmith.
Claude Girardeau was harder to find. I’m not entirely satisfied with Simon Woods to play him, but close enough.
|Except . . . he needs dimples!|
I like this actor, Josh Bowman, in the role of Saint-Jude Fillion.
Adrienne needed to be young and delicate-looking. I like this actress, Saoirse Ronan, to play her.
Doctor Hilliard is supposed to be tall and lean with dark eyes and angular features. Picture Ralph Fiennes with brown eyes, and he is just about right.
Last, but certainly not least, Leonie Hilliard. I needed a tall, slender girl with angular features, icy gray eyes, curly dark hair, and a wide mouth. Ruth Wilson has the sulky look, the mouth, and the eyes—she will do rather nicely. Here she is in the role of Jane Eyre.
These are the major characters in Until That Distant Day. If anyone can suggest other actors to play these roles or others I haven’t mentioned, I would be delighted to see them!
Thank you so much, Mumsy, for indulging me. I really love this list of casting. In my opinion, Ralph Fiennes makes an ideal Doctor Hilliard . . . and there is no one ever in the history of movie making who could play a better Colette than Romola Garai.
All right, dear readers, that's it for my post . . . but the tour is only just begun! Do follow the links listed below to see more questions and answers along the way.
Until That Distant Day
Launch Tour Schedule
May 13 – Giveaway Winner Announced
And be sure to enter your name in the giveaway! My mother is offering a delightful prize for one lucky winner: an autographed print copy of her new novel and a tin a of Harney and Sons "Paris" tea!