March 10, 2014

LIV, FOREVER Blog Tour: Amy Talkington casts the character of Minerva + finished copy giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on the LIV, FOREVER blog tour hosted by SOHO TEEN.

Today our author Amy Talkington's guest post about who she would cast for the character of Minerva!
Also, I will be giving away a finished copy of LIV, don't forget to enter!

Author: Amy Talkington
Publisher: Soho Teen
Release Date: March 11, 2014
Genre: Paranormal/Mystery
Age Group: Young Adult

When Liv Bloom lands an art scholarship at Wickham Hall, it’s her ticket out of the foster system. Liv isn’t sure what to make of the school’s weird traditions and rituals, but she couldn’t be happier. For the first time ever, she has her own studio, her own supply of paints. Everything she could want. 
Then she meets Malcolm Astor, a legacy student, a fellow artist, and the one person who’s ever been able to melt her defenses. Liv’s only friend at Wickham, fellow scholarship kid Gabe Nichols, warns her not to get involved, but life is finally going Liv’s way, and all she wants to do is enjoy the ride. 
But Liv’s bliss is doomed. Weeks after arriving, she is viciously murdered and, in death, she discovers that she’s the latest victim of a dark conspiracy that has claimed many lives. Cursed with the ability to see the many ghosts on Wickham’s campus, Gabe is now Liv’s only link to the world of the living. To Malcolm.
Together, Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm fight to expose the terrible truth that haunts the halls of Wickham. But Liv must fight alone to come to grips with the ultimate star-crossed love.

***Author Dream Cast - Minerva***
by Amy Talkington
Minerva is a complex character. Without giving too much away, I can say that, at the very end of the book, we find out that she has some big (crazy!) secrets. So, we need an actress with many layers because there’s a lot more going on with her than we initially understand.

When we first see Minerva in the book, it’s a portrait painting of her. Liv decribes Minerva this way: “Her beauty was somewhere between Dora Maar and Mona Lisa—exotic and mysterious but elusive.” Age-wise, I can tell you she’s in her late 40s/50 (Minerva is a ghost and ghosts forever remain the age they were when they died).

You would think that as a screenwriter and director (my “day” job), I would picture actors when I write. But, oddly, I almost never write a character with an actor in mind (either in scripts or in Liv, Forever, my only book). But I do enjoy thinking about it after the fact (especially because we’re already working on putting together a movie version of Liv, Forever!).

Having said that, I’m realizing in retrospect that I kind of was picturing someone for Minerva. Helena Bonham Carter is pretty much almost exactly who I had in my head. She is British. She’s dark and mysterious but has a vulnerability. She can be intense and scary. And, she’s a fantastic actress.

Minerva has dark hair but this is very much her vibe. She’s intense but wounded.

She’s stunning and really looks like she comes from a different time (as Minerva does). Minerva died in 1875.

But also important that she can look scary and haunted.

I wonder who the readers picture. Anyone who’s read Liv, let me know @amytalkington on Twitter!

About the Author:

Amy Talkington is an award-winning screenwriter and director living in Los Angeles. Before all that she wrote about music for magazines like Spin, Ray Gun, Interview, and Seventeen (mostly just as a way to get to hang out with rock stars). As a teenager in Dallas, Texas, Amy painted lots of angsty self-portraits, listened to The Velvet Underground and was difficult enough that her parents finally let her go to boarding school on the East Coast. Liv, Forever is her first novel.

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  1. I would love to read Liv Forever because this is one of my favorite genre. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. If Minerva is compared to Helena Bonham Carter then it's a definite must read!

  3. The different ways Minerva can look is so intriguing. This is a TBR for sure. Thanks

  4. I am looking forward to how Gabe, Malcolm and Liv fight to expose the terrible truth that haunts the halls of Wickham and discover the dark conspiracy that has claimed Liv and many lives in Wickham! thanks for the great giveaway!

  5. I love the cover of this book! And it sounds so interesting! I'm really looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for the chance to win!

  6. This is an awesome giveaway, this book looks so, so good!! I'm excited!!
    These characters seem like they really have a journey ahead of them!! & I love the book cover as well.

  7. I love the cover and seems like a good ghost story.

  8. Jessica! I loved doing this post for your blog! thanks for hosting me!


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