Monday, November 09, 2009
Male on Monday : Matthew Settle
Donna Alward explores the "real" side to her current book casting - actor Matthew Settle.
When I went shopping for a new hero, I had a pretty good idea of what I was looking for. He didn't need to be a cowboy, but he had to be able to pull off the jeans and boots look. He needed dark hair, enigmatic eyes, a soft voice but an underlying steel. You would think that knowing all of this, I would have a good fix on my hero anyway (who, by the way, is named Wyatt Black).
But I'm a visual girl. Especially at the beginning, when I'm looking to anchor the story. I like that touchstone until the story takes on a life of its own. Even then, sometimes I'll find myself recalling my casting, how that person might move, how they might sound, and it really really helps.
TV Credits include guest roles on ER, Brothers and Sisters, and currently he's playing Rufus Humphrey on Gossip Girl. He also played Bo Goodnight in Nora Roberts' Blue Smoke.
I made this collage that I now have on my desktop as I'm writing my WIP - what do you think?
Donna's new release is A Bride for Rocking H Ranch in Montana, Mistletoe, Marriage, hitting store shelves on November 10! You can check out an excerpt on her webpage at www.donnaalward.com .