Guest Post – Jeffe Kennedy – Dream Casting The Mark of the Tala Series…. Contest

May 4, 2015 Contest, Kensington, Tours 8

Please welcome Jeffe to the site today!!!  I asked her to tell me who she would love to be cast as her characters if The Mark of the Tala ever came to life….  In honor of the last in the series releasing later this month….  I’m making this all Jeffe day on the site with my review for The Tears of the Rose and The Talons of the Hawk posting later today plus a COVER REVEAL!!!! Keep an eye out…

Sometimes I get asked about dream casting my books and who would play my characters. I often don’t have good answers for this, because my characters are people in my head, vivid and alive, not actors. However, in my Twelve Kingdoms trilogy, I do have a pretty good idea of who would play each heroine and hero. With one exception.

In THE MARK OF THE TALA, Andromeda (“everyone calls me Andi”) is the middle princess and sees herself as invisible – the space between her unbelievably beautiful younger sister, Amelia, and her powerfully charismatic older sister, Ursula. But the important thing to remember about Andi is that she IS beautiful – in a quiet, dark and magical way. So I like Mila Kunis for Andi. She can be both unobtrusive and dramatic. For Rayfe, I admit the man in my head is very much like Loki as played by Tom Hiddleston in the Avengers movies. He’s got that brooding, sorcerous air, the aggressive determination and those hints of sweetness. You know when Loki has all that long black hair blowing around him? Yeah. That.

With Amelia in THE TEARS OF THE ROSE, it’s a bit more difficult to envision her. She’s the most beautiful woman in the Twelve Kingdoms and this is partly a divine and magical gift. Not quite human. So picking a human woman to represent her is difficult, but I see her as much like Isla Fisher. That color of red-gold hair for sure, along with that deceptively soft and pretty face. Ami has learned to be vain and frivolous – and later learns to use those ploys to her advantage – but she’s no empty-headed doll. For Ash, the White Monk, with his scars and healing abilities, I envision kind of a Kevin Spacey look – especially as he was in Pay It Forward. Maybe it’s the burn scars. It’s also that combination of lethal patience and innate gentleness.

In THE TALON OF THE HAWK, I see Harlan as much like Dwayne Johnson. Watching him in Hercules did it. Yes, yes – I know Harlan is very fair and Nordic, but if Dwayne did the movie, I’d totally vote for that change. Because he has everything else – the size, the muscles, the hardened warrior’s mien and the incisive intelligence no one expects from a guy who looks like that. It helps that Johnson is such a positive, supportive person in real life – exactly as Harlan is.

And now you know who I can’t quite give a known counterpart to: Ursula. Of course! Because Ursula is so much her own person. She’s tall, athletically slender, even to the point of being gaunt when she drives herself into the ground. Her nose is too hawkish and her jaw too strong for classic beauty, but her steely gray eyes are mesmerizing and the force of her personality shines through. She’s almost so much larger than life that a regular woman couldn’t play her. I dunno – any suggestions out there??

About the Author:


Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.


Her most recent works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera. A fourth series, the fantasy trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms, hit the shelves starting in May 2014 and book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and has been nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose, has been nominated for best fantasy romance of the year. A fifth series, the highly anticipated erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, released starting with Going Under, followed by Under His Touch and Under Contract.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.


Jeffe can be found online at her website:, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Connor Goldsmith of Fuse Literary.

Now… Jeffe being the AWESOME person she is …  I get to give away a print copy of The Talon of the Hawk to one lucky commentor in the US/Canada…  So – Can you help Jeffe with some suggestions for Ursula??

Comment by May 10, 2015 at noon US Central to be entered…  🙂

8 Responses to “Guest Post – Jeffe Kennedy – Dream Casting The Mark of the Tala Series…. Contest”

    • Steph

      No thanks needed! I am always happy to have you visit!

  1. ML

    She’s probably too pretty, but I would say Charlize Theron. She’s got the height, the steely glare, the strong jaw, and the ability to portray a strong personality. Yes, the hawk nose isn’t there. But I can’t imagine a Hollywood executive letting that get through, anyway. 🙂

    • jeffekennedy

      Ooh, interesting suggestion! I could see that. I love it when Charlize plays steely women. She’s good at changing her appearance, too! (We’ll make the execs let that through!)

    • Steph

      I like the idea and she’d be able to pull off the strength needed for Ursula.

  2. Timitra

    I’m gonna go with Angelina Jolie because she has the villainess role down to a science.