RE: 20 Hours to Atlanta.
I admit to being influenced by the various Netflix I watch, and one of my characters was inspired by Kevin Corcoran of Copper, played by Tom Weston-Jones, a pretty man and a heck of a good actor. My character knows the dark side of the street, the deals and compromises that life sometimes imposes and yet is driven by a sense of justice and truth.
But I’ve been thinking that maybe I want a character with a bit more experience and hard times, one that would have the knowledge and often tarnished optimism of having survived going through hell on frequent flyer miles. Ian McShane has this kind of look, possibly what Weston-Jones will look like in 20 or 30 years.
The years a person spends marks them, and my characters bears a number of scars both on his body and his soul. I’m thinking an older man might make the story have more depth and traction.
How do you go about choosing your leading male?