One of the fun parts of writing a book is imagining who the cast would be if it was adapted for film or TV (hey, I can dream, can’t I?) I usually do this after the book is finished, but occasionally I’ll see someone on TV and think to myself that they would make an excellent *insert character name* This happened last year while I was watching Mr Selfridge and I thought that Amy Beth Hayes (Kitty Hawkins in Mr Selfridge) would make an excellent Clementine in Everything Changes But You.
When I was writing the first draft of the book and I came to the scenes with Martine, her dialogue came to me in the style of Eva from Coronation Street (played by Catherine Tyldesley), which has never happened to me before. It was quite bizarre, but of course I’d have to cast Catherine Tyldesley as Martine now!
The rest of the characters were matched up later. If you look at the cast, you may think I’ve just poached most of the actors from Coronation Street. And you’d be right. I can’t help it – I’m a northern girl with northern characters!
Ally: Lucy Griffiths
Gavin: Tom Ellis
Kelly: Paula Lane
Jason: Marc Baylis
Martine: Catherine Tyldesley
Clementine: Amy Beth Hayes
Francine: Anna Maxwell Martin
Be careful what you wish for...
Ally Richmond is dreading turning thirty and bidding farewell to her youth. And when her husband says he wants to start a family, she begins to panic.
Is this all that life has to offer from now on? Popping out babies and growing old gracefully? She wants a life crammed with glamour and spontaneous adventure, not one full of dirty nappies and night feeds.
When Ally makes a silly birthday wish for a new, exciting life, her wish is granted.
But when Ally is presented with the freedom and opportunities she craves, she soon realises this new life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and that there really is no place like home. But can she find her way back - or is she stuck in this new reality forever?