Today we are so lucky to have Lori Goldstein with us to talk about her upcoming release, BECOMING JINN! Check out her dream cast below and don't forget to enter the two giveaways at the bottom!
Forget everything you thought you knew about genies!
Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit.
To the humans she lives among, she’s just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she’s learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny.
Mentored by her mother and her Zar “sisters”, Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. As Azra uncovers the darker world of becoming Jinn, she realizes when genies and wishes are involved, there’s always a trick.
I know many writers who cast the characters in their books before they start writing. It helps them to get a handle on who these individuals are and gives them something to focus on while drafting. While I do extensive profiles to understand who my characters are before I jump into their lives, the one thing I don’t do is hunt for photos of them. As I reader, I’ve always preferred to picture the characters in my mind (I’m a read-the-book-before-seeing-the-movie kind of gal), and this has stayed true for me as an author.
Now that I’ve finished writing book 2 in the Becoming Jinn series, I feel a bit more free to begin picturing real-life people as my characters. And yet, that’s still not all that easy for me. So instead of doing a traditional dream cast, here I’m doing something a bit different and casting Becoming Jinn’s main characters all from Game of Thrones. (Hey, they’ve both got magic so the transition might be easier than you’d think…minus the beheadings, of course.)
I’m currently doing a second binge-watch of all seasons before the new one begins, and it’s clear that the immense cast of Game of Thrones is ripe for the dream cast picking! And so, here we go: Becoming Jinn’s main characters cast entirely from Game of Thrones.
With long dark hair and a defiant streak, Azra could easily be played by Oona Chaplin, otherwise known as Talisa, Robb Stark’s wife. Strong, intelligent, and not afraid to speak her mind, Talisa is a perfect Azra.
With messy, sandy-brown hair, green eyes, and glasses, Henry is the boy next door. He’s Azra’s loyal best friend, always looking out for her. Thomas Brodie-Sangster who plays Jojen Reed, Bran’s protector, would make an excellent Henry.
For the tall, black-haired Nate with killer abs, Game of Thrones offers up a bounty of choices. Though he’d need a haircut and a shave, my choice for Nate would be Kit Harington or our beloved Jon Snow (who better not fall the way of the rest of his Stark family this season!).
Petite on the outside but fiercely strong on the inside, Emilia Clarke could easily embody Laila, so long as she keeps the blond wig she dons as Daenerys Targaryen.
Azra’s Jinn rival, Yasmin, has a sharp tongue and an even sharper mind; manipulative with a knack for getting under Azra’s skin, Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell is spot on.
Azra’s human rival, Chelsea, has a boldness and attitude that fits Rose Leslie’s Ygritte, though she’d need to trade in her red hair for some buttery blond locks.
In addition to Laila and Yasmin, three other Jinn girls make up Azra’s Zar: the red-haired Hana with an eye for fashion, who screams Sansa Stark, played by Sophie Turner; boy-crazy Mina who evokes Sibel Kekilli’s Shae; and the less-than-magically gifted Farrah, who could be played by Hannah Murray’s Gilly.
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Special Giveaway: Any Game of Thrones, Song of Ice and Fire paperback
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