Monday, September 30, 2013

10 Questions with Kadee McDonald

  I'm so pleased to welcome a fellow Texan to the Regency Redneck! The fun and fabulous Kadee McDonald steps up to answer my questions. Since she lives in the Land of Makebelieve (aka California), I've asked her about Hollywood.

1.      Easy question goes first. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Growing up in Texas, I was a world away from London and the beautiful English countryside. But I still loved all things British…the lilt of the language, tea & crumpets, the castles and country estates, the idea of a Royal Family who really knew how to throw a wedding (and have a baby!)  All these seemed like the ultimate fairy tale and they captivated me.

I’ve always loved history, so what would be more natural for me than to study British history? Even today, I could tell you more about the six wives of King Henry VIII than I could about most U.S. presidents.

2.      If you could pick one of your books to be made into a movie what would it be?

Marisa’s Choice, I think. It has romance, of course, a fairly large cast of characters, a badly-planned elopement scheme, a bit of intrigue, and a Happily Ever After ending.


3.      What would your theme song be?

That’s a tough one…maybe The Look of Love by Burt Bacharach would work for the movie. For me, personally, it’s usually something like Jackson Browne’s Running on Empty!


4.      Who would play your hero and heroine?

That’s even tougher…possibly Emma Watson as Marisa, although Emma is 23 now, I think, and Marisa is just 18. And Emma’s wearing her hair pretty short these days, which would be unusual for a young Regency lady. For William…Aussie hunk Chris Hemsworth perhaps? If you’re going to dream, dream big, I always say!


5.      Suppose it was a movie about your life. Hah. Didn’t see that one coming. Who would play you?

LOL…Roseanne Barr, perhaps?


6.      What movie can you watch over and over?

Sense and Sensibility, the Golden Globe-winning version adapted by Emma Thompson and directed by Ang Lee. I don’t think there’s a single line of dialogue in that film that I’d change.


7.      If you could adapt one novel (not your own) for a movie, which one would it be?

I’ve written screenplays, but I’m not sure I’d be at all competent to adapt a novel. But if I had to choose, though, I’d try to adapt one written by my critique partner, Nancy Lindley-Gauthier, titled Patriot: At Any Cost. It’s a sweet romance set against the backdrop of small-town life in World War II Maine, with lots of action and interesting characters.


8.      Have you ever done any acting?

Yes…every weekday I “act” like I’m thrilled to go to my day job! But, other than that, no, not really. I was an extra in one scene of a friend’s super-mega-ultra-low-budget docu-drama short film about 10 years ago, but you can’t even really see me in background…thank goodness. Still, my name is in the credits, but I think it’s only there because I brought home-made brownies that day for the cast and crew.


9.      Pimp it if you’ve got it. What’s new and next for you?

I just finished a short story “prequel” to Marisa’s Choice that I hope to be able to offer as a free e-book download soon, so that more readers can sample my work and see if they’d like to read the rest of Marisa and Will’s love story.


HOWEVER…I will pick a winner at random and give away an e-book version of Marisa’s Choice to one person who leaves us a comment on this post.


10.  Rejection haiku goes here. Don’t make me beg, okay?

Not even “pretty please, with a cherry on top,” huh? All righty, then, here goes nuthin’ :
Not for us, they say.
Hopes dashed by reality.
Time to start again.

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