Shooting Scars Blog Tour: Author Guest Post with Karina Halle



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About the Author:

The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she’s preparing for the zombie apocalypse with her fiance and rescue pup.

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Author Guest Post: 

Blog Post #2 Dream Cast for The Artist Trilogy

Casting these books is both easy and really hard. There are a few actors that I’ve had in mind for the roles of certain characters, so we’ll start with those:

The villain and Ellie Watt’s ex-lover, Javier, would be played by none other than the brilliant Gael Garcia Bernal. Gael is usually used in romantic comedies, but he has a dark, slippery side that would be needed to play the charming, sexually aggressive and deceptive Javier. Gael’s elegant and unique Hispanic looks actually inspired the character of Javier (no surprise that Javier’s last name is Bernal).



Gus is another character I saw off the bat as a certain actor: M.C. Gainey. You may remember him as Tom Friendly from Lost or Bo Crowder from Justified. Paunchy, gruff but still likeable, Gainey embodies everything that’s Gus, Ellie’s father-like figure from On Every Street.


For the role of the vicious drug cartel leader Travis Raines, I picture David Stathairn. I know at first glance he doesn’t look like a terrible man capable of terrible things, but if you’ve seen the sleek way he plays his villains in movies such as LA Confidential or The Bourne Trilogy, I think he’d more than pull it off. There’s something quietly sinister in this man’s debonair posturing.



Ellie is a little more difficult. In On Every Street, she’s 20 years old, blonde and naïve with an extreme case of vengeance on her mind. For that book I saw her played by a blonde Olivia Wilde and since Olivia makes a stunning brunette as well, she’d be great for Ellie as a 26 year old in Sins & Needles.








That said, I’d also see Ellie being played by Kiera Knightly, Rooney Mara or Olga Kurylenko (below)


Camden is the hardest person to cast by far. He’s tall and well-built with male model looks. But he’s covered in tattoos and wears glasses. If it happened that Brazilian model Caue Amaral could act, he’d obviously be my first choice – ever since I saw him I thought, wow, there’s Camden McQueen.


But because Caue is a model, not an actor, I think Colton Haynes would pull it off well. He’s got the good looks, the build, and the glasses. We just need a make-up artist to cover him up with fake tattoos, stat!



Ellie’s conflicted uncle, Jim, would have to be played by William H. Macy. Because this is just the type of role that William H. Macy would play!



For the role of Raul, Javier’s shady henchman, I’d go for an actor called Jesus Nebot. I don’t know who this guy is, but just looking at him gives me the creeps.


And finally, for Camden’s ex-wife Sophia, I’d bring in the lovely Eliza Dushku, who, ever since she played Faith in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has done a great job of playing really bitchy women.



About the Book:


Sometimes the right choice can be the deadliest.

When Ellie Watt made the ultimate sacrifice for Camden McQueen, she never thought it would be easy. But walking away with her ex-lover, Javier Bernal, in order to ensure Camden’s safety has brought a whole new set of dangers. With Javier’s plans for Ellie growing more secretive by the moment, Ellie must find a way to stay ahead of the game before her past swallows her whole.

Meanwhile, Camden’s new life is short-lived. Fueled by revenge and pursued by authorities, he teams up with an unlikely partner in order to save Ellie. But as Camden toes the line between love and retribution, he realizes that in order to get back the woman he loves, he may have to lose himself in the process. He might just turn into the very man he’s hunting.

Told in dual POV from Camden and Ellie.


 Stay tuned for the Shooting Scars review.

It’ll be up tomorrow!