Inside the Characters: Reinventing Claire
_Authors are frequently asked if they had to cast the characters of their books, who would they pick? While my image of the characters in Reinventing Claire can't quite be matched, and every reader may have their own image in their mind, if I had to cast the ideal actors for their roles, these would be my picks!
_Claire, the star of the show. I found myself thinking of Katherine Heigl as I wrote Claire’s story. Claire’s vibrant yet sometimes awkward, gorgeous and simple, funny but down to earth. The girl next door with a bit of flare. She’s the second of three sisters, but not at all left out in her loving, yet overbearing family. She thought her life ideal; beautiful house, fantastic career, great marriage with an adorable husband, Charlie. Then in one breath life slapped her in the face. She lost her job and her husband on the same day. She probably held the record for the most first dates ever, and isn’t any better dating after her divorce than she was before she got married. But in fear of becoming the crazy cat lady, old and alone, she forges on with this being single business, and finds out she’s not half bad at it after all.
_Holly, the older sister. Without a doubt, I think of Marisa Tomei. She’s quirky, deep, loveable, funny, and easy to relate to. Holly is the sensible sister, the one who too often slips into the motherly role and wants to fix your problems for you. But don’t tell her so or she’s likely to do something drastic just to prove you wrong. She’s a happy soccer mom, but will gladly ditch the mini van and hit the bar to be with her sisters.
_Sam, the youngest of the three sisters, is definitely the spunky one. She’s addicted to single life, casual sex with any man that strikes her fancy, and changes her hair color as often as she changes underwear. She’s the one who urges Claire to stay in the mix of online dating chaos, and find the beauty of being single. Marriage, to her, is a death sentence, and will claw your eyes out before you get her into a puffy white dress.
_Charlie, the ex. Charlie never gave Claire a chance, never told her he wasn’t happy, and didn’t even know why he wasn’t happy. But whatever it was he thought was wrong seemed to vanish when he met Monica, the woman he left Claire for. He happily marries his mistress and wastes no time starting a family with her. But after he slips the ring on her finger, he realizes the life he left is really the life he craves. He's sick of all Monica's melodrama and aches to be back in the arms of his first wife. But can he convince Claire to give him another chance?
_Mac, the guy who makes Claire consider love again. He’s an old co-worker of Charlie’s, now divorced, trying to adjust to life as a ‘weekend dad’, and has no idea what he’s doing when it comes to dating. He’s ready to give up, get a dog, and eat his way into misery. Until he runs into Claire. He’s afraid he’s slipped into the dreaded ‘friend zone’. He's terrified to trust his heart and try his hand at love again, but when he's with Claire he doesn't want to let her go, and he doesn't want to be just a friend. And just as Mac thinks he's found 'the one', Charlie steps back onto the scene and threatens to ruin everything.