When I work, I have photos of all my main characters on my wall in front of me. Some of them are just images I found on a stock site, like this one.
This is my image of Cassie Martin. Cassie is 28 years old and was born and raised in Northern Wisconsin, on a farm near the college town of Clear Water. Wanting to get off the farm, instead of attending college in her home town or going ALL THE WAY to Madison, (gasp) she really went off the reservation and got a degree in journalism from the Northwestern University in Chicago.
However, after spending four years at Northwestern and then four more years as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune, Cassie returns home to her brother’s farm in Wisconsin. She’s sold a historical novel set in medieval times and wants to write full-time.
Of course, she has to have some income and she works weekends at a local, higher end Italian restaurant. This is where Cassie meets our heroine, Aaron Reegan.
The image that’s hanging on my wall for Aaron Reegan is not a stock image, but one of actor Gerard Butler. After seeing Mr. Butler play Secret Service Agent Mike Banning in “Olympus has Fallen” and “London Has Fallen,” I felt he really personifies ex-Delta force member, Captain Aaron Reegan.
Aaron is thirty-eight years old, and has worked at a top-secret facility along the Mississippi River, between Minnesota and Wisconsin for two years. What’s the exact nature of the top secret facility? I’ll give you a hint… Time Travel! (Bet you’re not surprised.
One reason I like Mr. Butler is that he is older and seems a bit weary. I felt he fit well with the persona of the injured veteran Aaron Reegan.