In past weeks, I’ve used this Savvy Saturday page to answer fan questions. This week, I’m turning the answering over to you, for the simple reason that I don’t have good answers to these fan questions! I’ve given them my best shot, but I’d love to hear what you’d have to say. Leave a comment for me below, or on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/author.a.l.phillips. I look forward to hearing from you!
1. If The Quest of the Unaligned were to be turned into a movie, who would play Alaric and Laeshana?
First of all, I would love it if my novel were turned into a movie, but I have no offers or shows of interest from anyone in Hollywood. With that said, while I enjoy going to movies, discussing plots, listening to new soundtracks, and watching things explode, I’m afraid I don’t know enough about today’s actors to be able to put forward good suggestions for actors even if someone in Hollywood did want to make Quest into a movie.
I do know that anyone who played Alaric would have to be strong and able to handle action sequences, but also be able to act well enough to make his transformation from Tonzimmelian security chief to Cadaerian prince believable. Also, whoever played Laeshana would need to be strong enough in presence and voice to match Alaric and stand up for herself, but not abrasive and not a woman-warrior type. She would also need to be believably smart, but not know-it-all annoying a la Hermione Granger.
Do you have any suggestions or thoughts about possible actors/actresses for your dream version of the movie of The Quest of the Unaligned?
2. Who is your favorite character in The Quest of the Unaligned?
I really don’t have a favorite character. Alaric, Laeshana, and Naruahn are all very special to me, and I have things I love about each of them. I love Alaric’s no-nonsense approach to life and his confidence in the Tonzimmelian system. I love Laeshana’s patience, her eagerness to teach, and her passion for following the light. I love Naruahn’s exuberance, his ADHD attitude, and his trust and hero-worship of Alaric. I also really feel for Deshamai, and I loved writing Ruahkini and Gaithim.
Who are your favorite characters and why?
3. If you could be any of the four types of mages in Cadaeren, which would you be and why?
This is a really tough question for me, because I like aspects of all four sides of the Balance. Obviously, I’d choose to be an orah. If I had to be aligned, however, I really don’t know what I’d choose. Personality-wise, I’d probably be a shamai. I tend to not like change, and I enjoy following traditions simply because they’re traditions. I’d also love to be able to breathe underwater. However, the other three sides of the balance are also very tempting. I’d love to be an aesh, to be consistently innovative and to know for certain that things are true. I’d also love to be able to heal myself or others, and know that I could take care of people that way. And I’ve always wanted to be able to teleport myself (or my things!) from one place to another. So I really don’t know.
What about you? If you could choose which type of aligned Cadaerian mage you’d be, which would you choose and why?