Now that we’re in the third book of the series and the characters are established. I thought it might be fun for you to see if your image matches the characters I tried to portray. So without further ado, I present to you the cast of “A Cast of Stones,” “The Hero’s Lot,” and “A Draw of Kings.” Visit me on facebook and share your imaginings after you’ve taken a peek.
I modeled Errol after my son, Patrick. He was still living at home back then and I thought he had the face and build to match my character. He’s been a good sport. He even agreed to compose the theme music to the book trailer that we uploaded to Amazon. Patrick is now a grad student in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas.
I thought Gwyneth Paltrow had the crisp features I wanted in my princess, but my wife has green eyes and I thought that would go better. I really like green eyes.
The role for Errol’s mentor was a massive no-brainer. I don’t care what movie you want to make, it will be better if Liam Neeson is in it. Of course, he’s holding a sword and in my books he prefers the staff. Psshh. Details.
This is a picture of Martin Luther. This was another of my inside jokes in the book. Martin Arwitten was modeled after Martin Luther who nailed his theses to the Wittenburg door. Get it? I crack myself up sometimes.
Stanley Tucci is one of my favorite character actors. After the first book was published, people kept ribbing me. “Martin and Luis.” Of course, they were my favorite comedy duo when I was a kid, but I really didn’t mean to do that. At least, I don’t think I did.
Named after baseball player John Kruk. Even in a baseball uniform he has that slightly irritated “I think I’ll just beat you up for bothering me” look to him. I loved writing dialogue for him, Rokha, and Lord Waterson. People who wield sarcasm well are incredibly funny to write for.
While the easiest character to picture, Liam was the most difficult to write. He had to be two-dimensional and yet I wanted people to be able to understand him. After “A Draw of Kings” has been out for a while, I may even go back and explain why. Though if you read the ending very carefully, I’m sure you’ll see it.
This is Rutger Hauer from his early days when he did “Blade Runner” and “Ladyhawke.” I thought he made the perfect role model for a cold, emotionless Watchman. I kept the hair as part of the description as well.
Adele and Radere:
Yes, I modeled the herbwomen after Granny Clampett of the Beverly Hillbillies. They all would have like each other, I think.
I can’t remember where I got this picture from, but I remember I did a search on women in the military and when I saw the woman in the foreground I knew I had a perfect match. From the color of the hair to the shape of the nose to the full mouth, it was perfect. Rokha doesn’t wear Ray Ban’s though. That’s one of the drawbacks to writing medieval fantasy, no cool sunglasses.
And lastly, one of my favorites:
No way could I pass up the chance to include Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) in the story as the world’s deadliest swordsman. Why it would be…inconceivable!
A Draw Of Kings by Patrick W. Carr
Book 3 of the The Staff And The Sword series Genre: fantasy
About A Draw Of Kings:
Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, much is changed on their return. In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and his intentions are to marry Adora to bring an heir.Source: Info in the About A Draw Of Kings was from the press kit from the publicity team.
With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war–and at growing risk from the armies of Merakh and Morgol.
A dangerous mission to free Errol succeeds, but the dangers facing the kingdom are mounting with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw near. Will the revelation of Illustra’s next true king come in time or will all be lost?
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Meet The Author:
Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.