I was born in Cardiff, South Wales although I left to study law at the University of Bristol, England. Four weeks before graduation I fell in love, and stayed. Ten years later I convinced my crazy, wonderful fire fighter husband to move back to Cardiff with me where we live with our two equally crazy sons. Juggling work, writing and family doesn’t leave a lot of time, but curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a bar of chocolate for family movie night is definitely the best part of my week. “The Hurricane” is my debut New Adult Novel.
--If Hollywood came calling, who would you want to be cast in the roles of your characters?
This is such a brilliant but difficult question to answer because everyone has a completely different idea in mind when they’re reading a book about who the characters look like. Danny Driscoll is the easiest choice for me. I would definitely cast Liam Cunningham as Danny. Although much younger than the role he’d be playing, he’d be brilliant as the ball breaking trainer. Brit Robinson (The Longest Ride) would make a great Emily. I can totally see her as strong but nervous. My only concern is that Em is Welsh and she’d have to pull off a very natural and convincing British accent to make it work. I’ve cast Alexander Cheeseman (English rugby player) for Kieran before because the actors I’d like to see, like Cam Gigandet, would probably be too old for the role. I’d love to see Kaya Scodelario as Nikki but Tommy really stumps me. He really is someone who’d be difficult to cast from a picture.
One thing you’ll notice about my book cover is that I’ve deliberately not shown O’Connell’s face because I wanted to preserve the reader’s sense of imagination, so they can picture their own hero. When I think of Con I always picture Daniel Conn, the Australian rugby player. Although I could happily watch him on screen for two hours, he’s not an actor. So I’m sure that a casting director would roll their eyes and me and completely ignore my unhelpful casting suggestions. A few of the reviews I’ve seen contained character castings and I loved these, because my readers are always better at character casting than I am. The truth is that if Hollywood ever really called, apart from Danny Driscoll, I’d probably suggest a relatively unknown cast. The characters, and their chemistry and relationship with each other, are the core of this story so if the casting is wrong, the plot just won’t matter. For me, it wouldn’t matter so much what the actors looked like, but how well they captured the essence of each personality that scored them the role.
Emily McCarthy is living in fear of a dark and dangerous past. A gifted mathematician, she is little more than a hollow, broken shell, trying desperately to make ends meet long enough to finish her degree.Through an unlikely friendship with the aging, cantankerous owner of an old boxing gym, Em is thrown into the path of the most dangerous man that she has ever met.Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell is cut, tattooed and dangerous. He is a lethal weapon with no safety and everyone is waiting for the mis-fire. He’s never been knocked out before, but when he meet Em he falls, HARD. Unlike any other girl he’s ever met, she doesn’t want anything from him. Just being around her makes him want to be a better person.They are polar opposites who were never meant to find each other, but some things are just worth the fight.
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