It’s been 7 weeks since Gradle Bird‘s publication, and many people out on the road ask who I would envision playing the characters on the big screen. Part of my writing process involves finding photographs, cinematic stills of the characters I envision playing each role. I print them out and tape them over my writing desk, and I look to them for direction, guidance, and emotion.

For the creation of Gradle Bird, my writing desk looked like this:

 

Sally Mann, one of my favorite photographers said, “Every image is in some way a “portrait,” not in the way that it would reproduce the traits of a person, but in that it pulls and draws, in that it extracts something, an intimacy, a force.”

 

Below, the cast of characters and the cinematic stills that pulled and drew on me, that extracted the force behind Gradle Bird.

 

 

Gradle Bird = Natalie Portman (V for Vendetta)

Leonard Lee Spivey – Sam Elliott (Thank You for Smoking)

Annalee Spivey – The Beauty of Xiaohe (I don’t think she’s been in any movies)

D-5 Delvis Miles The Lone Singer – the one and only, E-5 Evans Miles The Lone Singer, if there were an actor for Delvis, it would be John C. Reilly.

Sonny Joe Stitch – Ryan Gosling (The Place Beyond the Pines)

Ceif ‘Tadpole’ Walker – Daniel Radcliffe (The Cripple of Inishmann)

 

DID YOU ENVISION ANY PARTICULAR ACTORS WHILE READING THE NOVEL? IF SO, PRAY TELL.