[Note from Frolic: We’re so excited to have author Sarah Morgan guest posting on the site today. She’s sharing her dream cast for her latest novel, The Summer Seekers. Take it away, Sarah!]
I’m a visual writer. I ‘see’ scenes as I write them, which means that it isn’t a big jump to then imagine the book as a movie (and doesn’t every writer dream of having their book made into a movie?). By the time I’ve finished my draft I’m usually day dreaming about casting, and clearly I’m not alone because when a book is published readers are always quick to tell me who they’d like to see playing those characters on the screen.
The idea for my latest book The Summer Seekers came to me three years ago, which is unusual for me. Generally I don’t know what I’m going to write next until I sit down to write it, but the character of Kathleen popped into my head fully formed and I fell in love with her right away. Kathleen is a feisty eighty-year-old. After a run-in with an intruder in her cottage by the sea, her daughter wants her to move into a residential home. But Kathleen has other ideas. She craves adventure, and her encounter with an intruder is the motivation she needs to finally take that epic road trip across America that has long been on her wish list. Kathleen is a strong character, capable and humorous, and my pick to play her in the movie would be Dame Judie Dench. She’d bring strength and determination to the role (think M in the James Bond movies!), but also warmth and vulnerability (I loved her in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and wisdom by the bucket load.
Kathleen can’t embark on an epic road trip without help, and her driver and companion is Martha, who is in her mid-twenties. Martha’s not the world’s best driver, but she decides this will at least give her plenty of practice. And besides, how much trouble can one eighty-year-old woman be? I had so much fun developing the character of Martha and exploring her growing friendship with Kathleen. The chemistry between these two would be important in the movie, and my pick for Martha would be Sarah Hyland, who is hilarious as Haley in Modern Family. Trap her in a car with Dame Judie and I’m sure sparks and humour would fly.
And then there’s Liza, Kathleen’s daughter, who wants to keep her mother safe and would dearly love to see her housed in a residential home where no harm can befall her. When Kathleen embarks on her adventure, Liza has her own mid-life crisis and decamps to her mother’s seaside cottage. My pick to play Lisa would be Reese Witherspoon. She’s one of my favourite actresses, and she brings nuance and complexity to every part she plays. I loved her performance in Little Fires Everywhere and also Big Little Lies and I think she make a perfect Liza who is struggling with separating her own needs from being a wife and a mother.
So that’s the casting sorted! Now I just have to hope someone will decide to make the movie. I’ll be waiting by the phone.
About the Author:
Sarah Morgan is a Sunday Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She has sold over 18 million copies of her books, and her trademark humor and warmth have gained her fans across the globe. Her books have been translated into 28 languages and have earned her starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Library Journal.
Sarah lives near London, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves spending time outdoors, walking or riding her mountain bike. She frequently stops to take photographs, much to the annoyance of her family.
The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan, out now!
Kathleen is eighty years old. After she has a run-in with an intruder, her daughter wants her to move into a residential home. But she’s not having any of it. What she craves—what she needs—is adventure.
Liza is drowning in the daily stress of family life. The last thing she needs is her mother jetting off on a wild holiday, making Liza long for a solo summer of her own.
Martha is having a quarter-life crisis. Unemployed, unloved and uninspired, she just can’t get her life together. But she knows something has to change.
When Martha sees Kathleen’s advertisement for a driver and companion to share an epic road trip across America with, she decides this job might be the answer to her prayers. She’s not the world’s best driver, but anything has to be better than living with her parents. And traveling with a stranger? No problem. Anyway, how much trouble can one eighty-year-old woman be?
As these women embark on the journey of a lifetime, they all discover it’s never too late to start over…