Have you ever tried visualizing your characters as movie actors? I suppose it’s rather like “If my novel were a movie…” but really it’s more a means of finding an image that represents your characters’ looks and personalities.
I’ve spent some time looking for images that fit Hope and her friends. Sometimes an image will jump out at me; The image of Meryl Streep in the collage below is amazingly close to how I visualize Hope. In some cases I had a good idea of the actor who could represent a character. Then I only had to find a representative photo–and sometimes I wasn’t able to find one. Hattie and Albie aren’t perfect, but they’ll do until I find something better.
So…Here is my cast of characters for Hope. Who would you cast in the movie version of your novel?