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Yes, I do cast my books in my head as I write them. My casting ideas don’t always make sense, sometimes I cast actors thirty or forty years younger than they are now, sometimes they aren’t even alive.View the trailer for Let It Ride, and learn more about the author and his work at John McFetridge's website and blog.
But I’ve worked a little in the movies and TV so when I’m writing a book I sometimes like to have things that I could never get on screen. I recently worked as a writer on the TV show, The Bridge, which will air on CTV in Canada starting March 5th and has been picked up by CBS in the USA (and 70 other countries), but no air date has been set. For that show we had six regular characters for each episode and six guest stars. We had two main standing sets and each episode shot three days in the studio and three days on locations. There was also some amount of night and day scenes that I never really understood.
So, Let It Ride has a lot of characters and a lot of locations. Some of the characters have been in my previous books and some are new to this one.
Of the new characters, the main one is Vernard ‘Get’ McGetty, a drug dealer from Detroit who joined the army and met some Canadians in Afghanistan shipping back huge amounts of dope. Get stayed in touch and in Let It Ride he comes to Toronto to make some deals. There are a lot of guys who could play the part. In my head it was a younger...[read on]
McFetridge lives in Toronto and works as a staff writer for the TV cop show The Bridge, airing on CBS this fall. He is the author of the crime novels Dirty Sweet and Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. See McFetridge's Author Snapshot at January Magazine.
The Page 69 Test: Dirty Sweet.
The Page 69 Test: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere.
Writers Read: John McFetridge.
The Page 69 Test: Let It Ride.
My Book, The Movie: Let It Ride.