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Discover a New Favorite Read

By Kathleen McClure | August 2, 2020

  Find your next favorite author, today! Now, more than ever, it pays to remember that reading is beneficial to both neural and emotional health. Plus, it’s the ultimate stay-cation experience. You can go anywhere, as long as there are pages to turn. The only downside is that deciding what to read can lead to …

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Casting a Novel: Fortune’s Renny Boucher

By Kathleen McClure | June 9, 2020

When You Least Expect it, Expect it… Words to live by, or at least they are for one Renny Boucher, who we meet in  The Longest Shard (now availabile on Kindle Unlimited). To avoid spoilers, I dare not say much about Renny, beyond the fact that casting a truly effective  foil for Gideon was tough. I wanted someone who …

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Casting a Novel: Fortune’s Horatio Alva

By Kathleen McClure | May 23, 2020

All the World’s a Stage At least it is to Horatio Alva, ex-con, grifter, and actor-manager of The Queen’s Rogues. Horatio’s presence on the Fortune stage has been ancillary, so far, but his time is coming, as readers will get to know him better in the  The Longest Shard (avialable on Kindle Unlimited May 31, 2020). From the …

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Casting a Novel: Fortune’s Lekan

By Kathleen McClure | April 14, 2019

In Fortune’s Fool, Gideon is faced with a number of adversaries, but one in particular shares a lot of formative DNA with Gideon, which makes him the most dangerous of Gideon’s enemies. For such a role, a certain amount of gravitas was required, and for Lekan to accomplish what he has accomplished prior to meeting …

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Casting a Novel: Fortune’s Colin

By Kathleen McClure | April 21, 2018

Heavy for Hire Colin (no surname at time of writing) first appears in Outrageous Fortune as the partner-in-crime to Mary (also no surname), a grifter. Where Mary is all charm and effervescence, Colin is more basic. Rough around the edges but good at what he does. And what does he do? He follows orders. Any orders. …

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Casting a Novel: Zodiac’s Fayla Szado

By Kathleen McClure | May 4, 2017

Szado Play Where do you go when you need a powerful woman? A woman with secrets? A woman with poise, cunning and an exquisite level of control, both physically and psionically? Where do you go when you need to present someone who makes men’s minds deep six and,  as Harry thought in the novel, is …

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Casting a Novel: Fortune’s Tariq Al-Karim

By Kathleen McClure | December 12, 2016

Smooth Criminal Casting shadow trader Tariq Al Karim for Outrageous Fortune was one of those rare cases where the actor informed the character. I mean, I knew I was writing someone with intelligence, charm and a hefty dose of menace, and who I could believe was in charge of a crew of shadow traders (those …

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Casting a Novel: Fortune’s Freya Ohmdahl

By Kathleen McClure | October 14, 2016

From Stolichnaya, With Love It’s possible that when the Ohmdahl triplets made their first, rambunctious appearance in Soldier of Fortune, I was thinking of casting this actress. For sure, whenever I’m writing them now, this is who comes to mind. I mean, you need a six foot plus ass-kicker with a heart (and hair) of …

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Casting a Novel: Fortune’s Mia

By Kathleen McClure | October 14, 2016

Finding the perfect dodger, a foil for Gideon and a vibrant character in her own right, was tough. I don’t watch a lot of shows with 12-to-14 year-olds in them–Mia, like most dodgers, has at best a rough idea of her birthdate–so mostly I was creating from scratch. It didn’t take long to form a …

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Casting a Novel: Fortune’s Tiago Hama

By Kathleen McClure | October 14, 2016

Step Aside Dr. McDreamy   Somtimes, casting comes as a surprise even to me. Take the case of Tiago Hama, the medical student who makes his first appearance in Soldier of Fortune. It was a surprise because it wasn’t until I was watching an episode of a particular BBC1 series that it struck me, this …

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