Many authors, myself included, “cast” their books. It’s enormously helpful to choose a person or a combination of several people to help envision what a character looks like, their mannerisms and their voice. I thought I’d share the cast of Java Frost with you today.
In Java Frost, Amy Lane is a preschool teacher. She’s just turned thirty and, though she isn’t unhappy, she’s questioning where the adventures are that she imagined in her youth. As the story opens, she’s decided to treat herself to a trip to London over summer break but needs a part-time job to earn the travel money. She’s also Zooey Lockhart’s former babysitter and knew Patrick and Joe when they were younger too, before the Lockharts left Ashford Falls.
In my head, she looked like a combination of Amy Poehler and Amy Schumer. It’s a coincidence that she’s named Amy—I chose the name in advance of casting her (because I liked it with her identical twin sister’s name, Ava).
The hero of Java Frost, Ben Brooks, (who looks like a combination of a young George Clooney or Hank Azaria) is a cancer researcher, far more at home in the lab than coping with people. He is suddenly responsible for the care of his young daughter, Livvy, when her mom takes a month long research trip. While Ben is very capable of taking care of Livvy, he’s at a loss when it comes to playing and relating to the three year old.
When he meets Amy, Livvy’s preschool teacher, in Cupid’s Coffeeshop, he proposes she give him “playing lessons.” And then the real fun begins. Read the rest in Java Frost. Available here now!
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