Hi! Deb Kastner here. One of the questions I’m often asked as an author is how my cover is made. At Harlequin they use what is called an Art Fact Sheet, which is several pages of details regarding characters, plot and themes, as well as three scene suggestions, all of which they may or may not use at their discretion.
Unlike other publishing houses, I don’t see my cover until it’s complete. Sometimes it’s close to what I envision, sometimes not so much. Sometimes I love it, and again, sometimes not so much. I always try to give the art department pictures of what I think my characters look like, mostly using Hollywood actors.
So I thought it would be fun today to share with you what my book The Cowboy’s Surprise Baby (out now!) would look like if cast into a movie.
Hero Cole Bishop (Bradley Cooper)
Heroine Tessa Applewhite (Cassidy Freeman)
Redemption Ranch owner Alexis Grainger Haddon (Jennifer Morrison)
Redemption Ranch owner Griff Haddon (Jack Davenport)
Boy’s Counselor Marcus Ender (Sam Claflin)
Jo Murphy Spencer (Sharon Gless)
Frank Spencer (Terry O’Quinn)
So what do you think of my choices? I think if I wasn’t a novelist, I think it would be fun to be a casting director.
And FYI, Marcus has his own story in my November Christmas novella The Cowboy’s Yuletide Reunion, which is paired with a novella by Arlene James in Yuletide Cowboys.
The Cowboy’s Surprise Baby is available now!