Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
It’s probably futile on my part, but in support of Hachette in its death struggle against Amazon I picked a copy of Tina Fey’s Bossypants the other day. Futile, because I got it at my local free library kiosk; traded two books of my own for it.
The real reason I want to read Bossypants is that I’ve always thought that Fey would be perfect in the movie version of my forthcoming novel, Wish I Were Here. I wrote it with her in my mind’s eye (a thing I rarely do — write with a particular actor or actress already cast), so a lot of the dialogue might sound like her, even if most readers never know my little secret.
There’s also a starring role for Jude Law, but you learn that fairly early in the book.
Anyway, I’m only twenty or thirty pages into Bossypants and I’ve already laughed so hard I cried a couple of times. Not that I expect that reaction when people read Wish I Were Here. After all, Tina’s character is a physician, and I don’t think anyone wants a doctor who’s trying to make them gut-laugh through an exam. Sarah Phelan, the protagonist, is more witty than hilarious. I wouldn’t mind a doctor who makes pithy remarks while I turn my head and cough, so I’m hoping Sarah comes off as funny but discreet.
If anyone out there knows Tina Fey’s agent, pass along the number!
By the way, do you ever write with particular actors/actresses in mind? How’s that workin’ for ya?