By Kimberley Patterson
It's funny you ask this, because this is typically the first thing I imagine when finishing a manuscript. My dream cast would be as follows:
Kelly: The heroine in my new novel, The Three Month Plan, isn’t your typical drop dead gorgeous nineteen year old. She’s attractive, but shy, self-confident, and tired of failed relationships. She isn’t easily definable, but relatable. She was brought up by a loving family who instilled strong moral values in her life and always played the good girl role. It was an easy selection looks wise of who would play her. I chose Lucy Hale. Lucy is a terrific actress and can play both the average look and glamorous look Kelly needed. A close second to her was Lily Collins.
Jake Carter embodied everything that was the polar opposite of Kelly. Jake is your typical horny teenage boy, only caring about his next score. Girls throw themselves at him from every direction. He is gorgeous, with a nice body and overly confident. At the same time, he has some underlying issues which prevents him from changing his ways. I chose Zac Efron. Aside from the eye color Zac has the acting ability and looks to pull off both sides to Jake.
Brian MacMillan has been Kelly’s best friend since they were kids. He grew up in an unstable home with a father who ran off, and a mother bound for depression. Kelly was his saving grace. They were nearly inseparable, like brother and sister, until Jake Carter came into the picture. Brian is your typical surfer type, blonde shaggy hair, blue eyes and a surfer's body. As far as looks wise, there really wasn't a comparison. I chose Alex Pettyfer. I believe he has both the intensity and the softer side to pull off Brian's character.
Michelle is Kelly's best friend, and she is less conservative than Kelly. I wanted an actress who could pull off the wild side of Michelle, but also the sensitive side of her as well. Even though Michelle is instrumental in Kelly starting the bet, she also proves to be a great friend throughout the story. I chose Kaya Scodelario. Her hair would need to be more of an auburn color, and eyes green but I think she has Michelle's look very closely.
Paul - Brian's best friend (besides Kelly) and a true surfer. Paul is a fun loving, good looking guy who gets along with everyone, but Michelle. He has had a crush on her for a long time and she doesn't give him the time of day. For Paul I chose Xavier Samuel. With his board shorts and shaggier hair he fits the part well. He is also a bit older than Brian so this works well.
And last but not least Uncle Rick. I love this character so much, mainly because he was modeled after my own uncle (also named Rick). He is such a gentle soul, with a large heart. I wanted a seasoned actor who has those kind eyes that sparkle just a little, and who could play off a father figure as well. It is a toss up for me between two amazingly talented actors.
Or Jeff Bridges
I feel that either would be the perfect choice.
I hope you like all of my selections! I would be curious to see what the readers suggest for these parts as well. As we know, often what the author envisions is completely different than what the reader does.
Excerpt from The Three Month Plan
The boardwalk wasn’t as crowded today, but it was still early, and the fog hadn’t yet cleared even though it was afternoon. San Diego fell victim to June gloom every year, and it always seemed to wait until summer had officially started. The patio on the Breakwater Café was the perfect place to sit and people watch and crush on the surplus of college students. It was an eclectic mix of teenagers and twenty-somethings flecked with small families here and there, not to mention this was the only restaurant in the area that had a man-made wave machine. When the sand was empty and the weather still cold, this was a popular hangout. It had only been two weeks since I graduated from high school and I was convinced now that it was summer I’d have more options for a boyfriend.
“I just don’t get it,” I complained. “Sara Jennings has a great guy and she is awful.”
“You just have to be patient, Kel. It’s not like you haven’t had your share of dates,” my friend Michelle assured me, “Besides, you’re only eighteen.”
Michelle was right. It wasn’t for the lack of trying; it just seemed all the wrong guys clung to me like lint on velvet. I went through all of the stereotypes: the jock focused only on his next score; the quiet boy that couldn’t open up; I even dated a nerd that spoke in sexual innuendos. I was ready for a real boyfriend, somebody I could be serious with.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Michelle said, pointing in the direction I was staring. “Him?”
“What?” I smiled, taking another sip from my soda.
“No offense, but you do know he’s totally out of your league,” Michelle replied. I just ignored her and kept staring in his direction, admiring his short, dark hair. His eyes had a piercing blue quality that reminded me of the blue in the ocean. His casual demeanor showed in his flip flops, grey t-shirt and black and grey board shorts that hung low on his hips as he prepared to start the wave machine.
“Thanks for the vote of confidence,” I said, meeting Michelle’s gaze. “But, I bet he’d be interested if he knew my awesomely charming personality.” I grinned.
“Is that a challenge?” Michelle snickered. “You wanna make a bet?”
I just laughed and shook my head. “Um, no,” I said flatly. “I wouldn’t even know where to begin.”
“It’s not like you have anything to lose,” Michelle teased. “You don’t start your yoga training for another three months anyways.”
I replied wistfully, “But he doesn’t even know I exist.” I looked toward him as he continued to ready the machine and talk to the crowd that had gathered. He yelled for the people to form a line – his voice deep, sexy and made me flush at the sound of it.
“That is what it looks like, isn’t it?” Michelle said dryly, looking in the same direction as me.
“Besides,” I explained, “he probably has a ton of girls throwing themselves at him.” I sighed and looked down to my lap disappointed at my own lack of confidence.
“You can always ask Brian to introduce you.” Michelle grinned at me.
I felt the heat really fan my cheeks. “Nooo, I'd be way too embarrassed.”
Michelle looked at the guy again and said, “C’mon Kel, do you see how hot he is?” She lifted one of her perfectly shaped eyebrows. “Three months,” Michelle said, looking back towards me, smiling softly.
“Three months for what?” I asked, meeting her gaze.
“The bet. You have that much time to get him to date you,” Michelle replied smugly. “You can call it the three month plan.”
“You’re serious about that?” I laughed, but was cut short when I realized Michelle was serious. My expression quickly faded to a dull stare.
“I wish you could see your expression right now.” Michelle chuckled.
I paused at the silence, contemplating the challenge as I gazed in his direction. He was smiling to his latest customer who had entered the restaurant and climbed in line for the machine. Michelle had a point. I planned on making this a summer to remember. I wasn’t enrolled in college this fall since I had decided to take a year off before starting. And the yoga teacher training program didn’t begin until four months from now. “You know,” I replied with a newfound confidence, “I think that’s perfect.”
Michelle’s mouth fell open in surprise that all her prodding worked. “So in three months you will have landed him is what you are saying?” Michelle asked in disbelief.
“Yeah. One way or another,” I laughed. “I’m gonna’ do, wear, and say everything that I would imagine a guy like that would want me to do.”
Michelle grinned. “You’re crazy. A guy like that is gonna’ want you wearing nothing.”
“Very funny, Michelle.” I playfully slapped her hands from across the table. “But since you were so instrumental in creating this bet, I am going to need your help.”
“I was just kidding,” Michelle laughed. “Why am I getting dragged into this? You should ask Brian to help you.”
“Well, you certainly encouraged it,” I responded and looked at the guy again. “But you’re right, how else am I going to get into his head, without some guy’s input?”
“I’m sure his head isn’t the only place you want to get in to,” Michelle smiled. “Virginity is overrated anyways.”
My face flushed, “You’re a bad influence, and you know that, right? I’m not going to sleep with him.” I must admit my mind did have a tendency to drift to such things. I’d never allowed the guys I’ve dated get very far with me, but watching him had me fantasizing of pressing against his lean body.
“Of course. But you still love me anyways.” She grinned.
“Yes, yes I do. But that may change after this whole three month plan is over.” I cocked my head to the side sarcastically.
“Well, you had better get started then,” Michelle said. “And your first step might be getting rid of what looks like competition.” She lifted her head and looked behind me.
I turned my head slowly to see him casually talking with what looked to be a supermodel. She twirled her naturally curly long blonde hair around her perfectly manicured pink nails, while batting her lashes up at him. Her low cut, cleavage revealing top left little to the imagination as she pressed her chest against his. She was thin, leggy, and annoying already even though I had never met her. “Uhm,” Brian cleared his throat, startling me. “Do you want any more drinks?” He arched his eyebrow at me, and I realized I had been scowling. I swear he was meant to be a spy the way he seemed to sneak up on us. Brian was my oldest friend, and before we were friends I had a huge crush on him. He never knew, and I was too afraid to tell him and ruin our friendship. Now he was more like a brother to me, although a much cuter brother than I imagined I’d have. Brian worked here part time as a server. It was yet another reason we came here. He always gave us a great discount.
“Brian, thank God you’re here,” Michelle hurriedly said, “Do you know who that guy is over there talking to that girl?”
“Who, the new guy?” Brian replied, motioning the direction of the hot guy as Michelle nodded. “Oh, that’s Jake; he just started two weeks ago.”
Michelle looked at me and smiled.
“Jake,” I mouthed, a slight smile turning up my lip on one side.
Brian just laughed, “Sorry, girls. You might wanna’ get in line for that one. You see that blonde girl he’s talking to? That’s his girlfriend.” He nodded toward the Amazon girl. “And you see all those other girls in line. Well, let’s just say they aren’t in line for the machine.”
Crap. This isn’t going to work. I mumbled under my breath.
Horses were one of my first loves, and writing soon followed. As a child, I spent hours writing poems, and short stories (about horses). My parents realized that I was horse-obsessed and decided to buy me one after taking riding lessons for two years. I think they hoped that all of the hard work, and hours spent mucking stalls would help me give up this expensive hobby. They were wrong. Writing is still a passion of mine, although now I primarily write fiction. My first novel, Red Rock, was published in 2010, and big surprise, there are horses in it. My second novel, The Three Month Plan, was released August 2013.
Other Loves: My family, yoga, skincare and makeup, sushi, and raising money for pediatric cancer. I have two rescue dogs and would have more if there weren't zoning restrictions. I’m always trying something new, as I tend to get bored very easily. Thankfully, my love of driving around with the gas light on fuels some excitement. I love novels with happy endings, and am a hopeful romantic. My latest obsession is browsing Netflix, and I can name all 50 states in alphabetical order in under 30 seconds. Do I feel a wager coming on?
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