Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Soulless Are Coming: Casting A Trilogy

Today I'm thrilled to have friend and YA author, Crystal Collier stopping by to tell us about casting her Maiden of Time trilogy. How cool is that? Over to you, Crystal.

Casting is especially difficult for me because I'm a SUPER visual person, so when I create characters, I have a VERY specific image in mind. It's almost impossible to find a match. Because of that, there are no easy-fit actors or actresses for my characters. (Contains spoilers for those who haven't read MOONLESS. Get your copy October 13, 20, 27, 31 or November 7 for FREE.)

Villains first (because they're so stinkin' interesting):


(Olivia Little...but a unique angle on her.)

Bellezza is driven by only one motive: revenge. She has no qualms with killing or initiating a war to get what she wants, and she especially enjoys head games. With unique abilities to travel by mist or kill with a scream, she's a formidable foe. 


(Amos Oz and Skull Face)
(Before and After)

Amos has been one of the Soulless for centuries, slowly decaying but unable to die. Since the battle between the Soulless and Passionate began, he's been leading a faction of the Soulless to undermine the Passionate and take absolute control of his kind.

Now to the Outcasts (who are equally as awesome):


(Katie McGrath)

Sarah is a total flirt and Alexia's (the lead's) best friend/aunt. She's also recently become one of the Soulless, and went into hiding. Lighthearted, vivacious and occasionally unladylike (despite her noble upbringing), she is always the heart of the party. 


(Jamie Bell)

Miles is a friend, protege and sidekick to the leader of the Passionate. He has a gift to "see through other's eyes." Because of that, he's been feared and avoided by most the Passionate. His parents became Soulless when he was 4 (enemies to the Passionate who hunt them on moonless nights) and he hears them calling for him every new moon. Loyal to the death, he's a timid soul who truly and deeply desires to do what's right, willing to sacrifice everything for the greater good. A recent turn of events made him too dangerous to remain among the Passionate.


The Soulless are coming.

Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she’s forced to unleash her true power.

And risk losing everything.

Book 2 in the Maiden of Time trilogy.

Meet the characters for yourselves by getting the books HERE,
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Thank you, Crystal. I loved seeing something of the world you've created. Like you, I'm a visual person. I like to create picture boards for my books, either on hard copy or on Pinterest. It's a great way to both inspire and brainstorm.


  1. Very interesting character model choices, Crystal. They are definitely bold and unique in the images you've chosen of them. I'm like you - a total visual. I need to see it before I write it. Loved the post! Thanks for having Crystal here, Ellie.

    1. Thanks, Sherry. As much as I love my characters, I always hesitate to show other people how I see them. My hubby constantly disagrees with me about what the look like, but meh. I'm the author, right?

  2. That's a fascinating approach to visualising characters. The books sound very cool, too.

    1. Thanks, Simon. It's important to have a vision, eh?

  3. Ellie, thank you so much for having me here today. You totally rock!


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