Mention of "The Renewable Virgin" elsewhere started me wondering:

Barbara, have you ever had an actor or actress in mind when you create a character?

I sort of saw Sharon Stone as Kelly in RV....and, probably because she did a creditable job as a female law officer, I can see Frances McDormand as Marian.

I am pretty sure Peters never pictured Cadfael as being anything like Jacobi, wonderful as he is....nor did Dexter visualize anybody like John Thaw for Morse (the TV and book characters are actually quite different in several respects).
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