The Indians say a story stalks a writer. Watches, waits to see if you’re worthy of telling it. Then it comes to live in your heart for a time, and it’s your responsibility to work very hard and learn enough to give the story the voice it deserves. If you fail to do the legwork, the story will never give you its truthful ending… I wonder if that’s why so many books enthrall us til the end, and then they let us down?
Paint the Wind not only lived in my heart every moment of the five years of writing and researching it exacted of me, it has never left me for a moment since. The story stalked me, leading me to many extraordinary learnings and expansions of the spirit -how to handle a six-shooter – guns, Apache medicine ways, silver mining, ritual magic – just a few of them. Its characters moved permanently into my heart, where they remain almost as family members, to this day.
Now, there’s a really good chance that Fancy, Hart, Chance, Magda, Jewel, Ford and the rest will make it to the Big Screen! I’ve always dreamed they would, so I’ve been searching for years for the perfect cast.
Over the years, so many of you have written me, about the actors you’d like to see populate this movie, that I’d love to stage a Virtual Casting Call… asking all who care to, to share their thoughts on who’s the perfect actor to bring the major players to life. Let’s brainstorm the best of the best, together! I’d love for you to make your suggestions for the cast of your dreams (and mine!) either here in the comments or on Facebook. For those who’d like a little refresher about the major characters, there’s a quick set of crib notes below.
Paint the Wind still sells like crazy, especially now that it’s in Kindle, Nook and iPad as well as print, so thank you, thank you all for having kept my story alive in your hearts for so many years! I hope to see you all on opening night…
Paint the Wind
Tempestuous, feisty, vulnerable… and far too beautiful for safety. Fancy Deverell wants it all – love, power, money – and she’ll get it, too, if she doesn’t let her heart get in the way.
The Gambler: Chance
Sensual, handsome, smart… anyone can tell Chance McAllister is a born winner. His luck is legendary, like his prowess in bed, and he’s just enough of a rogue to be just what Fancy wants.
The Artist: Hart
Hart McAllister’s paintings will hang in the Louvre, and Geronimo will call him brother… but it won’t mean a damn to him if he can’t have Fancy.
The Teacher: Atticus
Once a Yoruba wizard, now a slave. What did the Gods intend for Atticus, when they handed him Fancy to raise and to love?
The Gypsy: Magda
Magda knows magic… not the kind for the gullible folk who come to the circus. The kind that has cost her the Universe, and left her to ransom her immortal soul.
The Madam: Jewel
The world is a tough place for a whore, but Jewel has made the best of a bad hand. She understands what it means to lose… she just didn’t know she’d lose more than her heart could bear.
The Gunfighter: Ford
Outcast. Loner. Honorable man. No one could shade Ford Jameson with a pistol… what could possibly make him bury his sixguns?
The Prospector: Bandana
Tough as a wagon wheel, wise in the ways of gold and silver… and a few more things, to boot. Bandana McBain has sacrificed everything to the lure of the Mother Lode. And not even a mine disaster can keep him from one last heroic gesture.
The Dwarf: Gitalis
Dark secrets and a brilliant mind, in a body too small to catch the brass ring. But there’s nothing small about Gitalis’ courage… or his heart.
The Chinaman: Wu
Laundry is a far cry from revolution, but not for Wu. Perhaps the Gods have saved him for some special purpose… He knows the cure for Opium addiction, but the addicts never want to pay the price.
© Cathy Cash Spellman/The Wild Harp & Co. Inc 2012