Friday, January 2, 2015

** Once a Marine by Loree Lough: Red Carpet Edition! **

We Talk to Ourselves…a Lot! by Loree Lough and Cerella Sechrist


Readers often ask “If your book became a movie, who do you see in the starring roles?” Well, for a couple of ‘talk to ourselves a lot’ authors like Cerella and me, that’s permission to go wild! And, since Once a Marine releases in a few weeks, we’d like to take y’all on a quick trip to Tinsel Town, where you can step inside the velvet ropes of the red carpet and meet the “stars” in person!




First, we’d like to introduce you to our fictitious guest host, the always personable Charlie Flowers, whose reputation for interviewing stars is unrivaled. Thanks, Charlie, for agreeing to take charge of the microphone for us!


CF: My pleasure, ladies! And without further ado, let’s spend a few minutes with Taylor Kitsch, who earned the male lead in Once a Marine. Taylor, as a native of Canada, was it easy stepping into the role of Coloradan Zach Marshall?



Taylor: Not at all. Denver and Vail are two of my favorite cities, so this was the perfect match. CF: Were there any similarities between this character and, say, that of Tim Riggins in Friday Night Lights? Taylor: Not really. Zach was older, wiser, a Marine who’d seen three tours in Afghanistan, while Tim was a high school kid…a savvy kid, but a kid all the same. If they had anything in common, it was a certain stubborn toughness that made them do things that weren’t easy.

 CF: What was it like, working with your costar, Bridget Moynahan?

Taylor: Pretty much as you’d expect. She’s gorgeous. Smart. Funny. Personable. If they make a sequel, I’m on board! CF: Speaking of Bridget, here she is. So tell our viewers, Bridget, how the role of Summer Lane was similar to your character as a D.A. on Bluebloods…. 


Bridget: At first glance, Summer is a completely different kind of woman. When the story opens, we realize she’s been the victim of a brutal attack. It takes a while, but as the plot unfolds, she shows us she’s made of some pretty sturdy stuff. 

CF: Thanks to Taylor’s character, Zach? 

Bridget: Not entirely. As a martial arts instructor, he’s a conduit, no doubt about that. But Summer needed to dig deep and find the strong woman she’d been before the attack to make everyone realize she was a survivor, not a victim. 

CF: Which did you two prefer…filming on the Denver ranch or in Vail? 



Taylor and Bridget: Both! Bridget: I’m not a very good skier, but I love Vail. Who wouldn’t? It’s a beautiful town. 

Taylor: If I had to choose, I say the ranch. Loved the horseback scenes. Especially when it snowed and I got to play hero to ‘she forgot her hat’ over here.  

Bridget: Who said I forgot? 



CF: So you two had close relationships with your families in this movie. Did you have a favorite parent? 

Taylor: Tom Selleck plays a great dad on Bluebloods, and the same was true for Once a Marine. His character was a little bit Frank Ryan and a little bit Jesse Stone…perfect for a rancher. And what guy would mind having Cheryl Ladd for a mom! 









Bridget: Tony Dennison was a great dad, even though he isn’t old enough to be my dad in real life. His character was nothing like the role he plays as Andy Flynn on Major Crimes. As for my “mom?” It was a true joy working with Teri Garr. She was equal parts silly and nurturing. Don’t tell her I said this, but I had a hard time not seeing her as Dustin Hoffman’s goofy girlfriend in Tootsie! 




CF: I have it on good authority there will be a sequel, and that you’ll both play small roles in the second installment. Any news about the relationship between Zach and Summer you care to share with our viewers before I let you go? 

Taylor: Nope. 

Bridget: Well, Charlie, I guess that’s a wrap! 

Charlie: She’s right, folks! Tune in next month—Friday the 13th!—when Cerella and Loree will surprise you with proof that the date is anything but unlucky! 


 
About Loree:

With nearly 5,000,000 books in circulation, best-selling author Loree Lough's titles have earned numerous 4- and 5-star reviews and industry awards. She splits her time between her home in Baltimore and a cabin in the Alleghenies (where she loves to show off her “Identify the Critter Tracks” skills). The release of Once a Marine (#1 in the “Those Marshall Boys” series for Harlequin's new Heartwarming line) brings Loree’s number of books in print to 104! Loree loves to hear from her readers and answers every letter, personally. Visit her at Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and www.loreelough.com!



About Cerella:

Cerella Sechrist lives in York, Pennsylvania with two precocious pugs, Darcy and Charlotte, named after Jane Austen literary characters. She has won various competitions and a scholarship for her writing, which include devotionals, full-length plays, and novels. She divides her time between working in the office of her family’s construction business and as a barista to support her reading habit and coffee addiction. Her novels exhibit her love for both the written word and food in fiction. You can find her online at her website www.cerellasechrist.com where she pens “Literary Fare: Fiction & Food”, a blog for readers.

23 comments:

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    1. Can you see me now, sitting in a directors chair that says LOREE across the back! LOL (Hey. If I'm gonna dream, might was well dream big, right!) LOL

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  2. If I wasn't so happy in my own world, I think I would like to live in your novel, Loree!

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    1. I know how you feel, Kate! I often wish I could step into the pages, ala Alice in Wonderland and... Well, that's between me and the novel's hero! LOL

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  3. I never met anyone who looked like Taylor when I skied. Sigh. Love the peek at the characters that will be in my head now when I read your book.

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    1. I hope you'll think their personalities fit, too, Roz!

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  4. Love the movie stars you picked. I'll take Tom Selleck anyway I can get him. lol.

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    1. Don't tell Larry, but Tom (in my fantasy world, he asked me to call him that!) has always been top of my hunka-hunka list, too! LOL

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  5. I'm still in love with all the details you put into this one, Loree! Love the cast, the settings, the story, everything about it! :)

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    1. Aw, thanks, Cerella! Brainstorming with you is a good thing...a very good thing!

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  6. Love the cast, too! Patricia will have to fight me for Tom Selleck. I love the notion of a victim of violence coming back into her through a hero who (it sounds like) doesn't really rescue her, but teaches her to fight for herself?? Anyway - sounds great. Anxious to read it.

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    1. Make that - coming back into her own!

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    2. You're so right, Muriel! Good thing Summer is a scrappy li'l thing, because she really has to fight hard to get back to her pre-attack life!

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  7. This is such a clever way of introducing your book. It really makes me want to read it now that I can picture the characters so clearly in my head.

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  8. I would love to read this but I can't get past the picture of Taylor. I love him. I loved him in Friday Night Lights. Tim Riggins. Oh my. xoxo

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    1. I loved him in that one, too, Amy! In fact, that show was the first time I'd seen/heard of him. I have a feeling he might just grow into a Tom Selleck kind of guy if he keeps his nose clean (literally and figuratively)!

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  9. What a fun post! I love this cast of characters!!

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    1. I like this bunch, too, Britney! So who has Spielberg's number! Let's get this thing done! LOL

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  10. Thanks for another fun post! Loving this whole series of posts from you and Cerella!

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  11. I will see Taylor as I read the book. He is SO much better than the guy on the cover!

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    1. There y'go, CdA! I'll do the same thing!

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  12. I too love your intro to the characters in your book. Your's is the better choice. The cover model doesn't look like a Marine. I'd take the ranch over Vail any day. Your book sounds like another for my TBR pile.

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