Friday, May 24, 2013

Help me pick a picture to match my next Heroine!!

I love this part of the writing process! It's so much fun to connect the character I've created in my head with an actual physical representation.  I normally do this before I even write the story, when I'm in the design phase and after I've fleshed out the main characters. I then use this picture whenever I'm writing the story and will refer to it often during the writing process.

Last week I gave my incredibly talented Motley Crew a brief physical description of my heroine in my upcoming book, Herald of Grace. And here are the actresses they came up with. Now it's your turn to read the character description of the heroine and vote for which one you think best fits the description.

No prize involved, just the satisfaction of having your voice heard and helping me a GREAT DEAL by choosing my next heroine.

Okay here we go!
Juliana Dutton is 21 years old, with sea-green eyes, and honey blonde hair. She is tall for her age and has a slightly athletic build.  Juliana is a hard worker, determined, stubborn, and independent. When she puts her mind to something, she never backs down. Due to her father's illness, she has been forced to take over the family merchant business in secret because women were not allowed to run businesses in 1692. Consequently, she bears the burden of her family's support, of getting proper care for her father, and of dealing with a lazy, pleasure-seeking brother.  Regardless of what society says, she believes women are equal to men and her greatest fear is poverty and loss of freedom. Which is why she never wishes to marry and become subserviant to a man.

Now, which of these actresses do you think best fit Juliana??   And thanks!


Amanda Seyfried
Anna Sophia Robb



















Blake Lively
Carrie Underwood



















Emily De Ravin
Emily Blunt



















Hayden Panettiere
Jennifer Lawrence


















Jennifer Morrison
Saoirse Ronan

48 comments:

  1. Goodness, this is a hard decision! But I think I'd have to go with Jennifer Lawrence.

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  2. I think I like Amanda Seyfried best. She just looks more determined than the other women. I can actually see her taking over her father's business and then guarding the secret with her life.

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  3. Good morning, everyone! And good grief, this was very very hard to choose from, but I think I'll go with Hayden Panettiere...
    Callie

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  4. Fri May 24th,
    "Morning, MaryLu ... and to all the ladies who have blogged in ahead of me".
    I agree -- difficult to choose. But, I think my first choice would be -- Jennifer Lawrence (as I believe she has that "slight athletic build"; and my second choice would be -- Carrie Underwood. But truly, what magnificent choices !
    Thanks for having us be a part of this process.
    Have a good weekend everyone.
    Take care, and, God Bless,
    In Him, Brenda

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  5. My choice would be Amanda Seyfried.

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  6. I agree with Amanda Seyfried! :)

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  7. I like the idea of Jennifer Lawrence. She can carry off tough, tender and relies on her smarts despite her beauty.

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  8. Hi Cap'n.
    Firstly I must say, that I really know little or nothing about any of these ladies.
    I think I would choice Jennifer Lawrence as well. She has a no nonsense look about her! As well, she gives the impression of being very capable!

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  9. I think Jennifer Lawrence fits it best. She looks slightly athletic and determined. :)

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  10. Emily Blunt is my choice.

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  11. Morning Capt:)

    These be some tough choices, the crew gave you some great options for sure;) I think I would go with Emily De Ravin o my seond choice would be Jennifer Lawrence.
    Rebecca

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  12. Morning Capt:)

    These be some tough choices, the crew gave you some great options for sure;) I think I would go with Emily De Ravin o my seond choice would be Jennifer Lawrence.
    Rebecca

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  13. It is a difficult choice but in my opinion, Jennifer Lawrence best fits the tough & determined, not-willing-to-back-down look. ;)

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  14. My pick would be between Anna Sophia and Jennifer Lawrence; but I like Anna most because compassion seems to be evident in Anna's visage. =)

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  15. I don't see Julianne Hough, but that's who I first thought of. Second choice would be Anna Sophie Robb. Good luck!

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  16. First choice would be Amanda Seyfreid and my second choice would be Emily De Ravin.

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  17. After reading the description, Emily DeRavin JUMPED out at me. When I read the book that is who I will probably end up picturing...

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  18. Jennifer Lawrence, she has the tough thing down pretty well. As does Jennifer Morrison. One of them.

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  19. I have to agree with all of those who say that Jennifer Lawrence looks very determined and focused on getting things done.

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  20. Jennifer Lawrence - hello... Katniss Everdeen... that's her character in a nutshell.

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  21. Tough! It's between Amanda and Jennifer, but I think I would have to choose Amanda. Can't wait to see who you choose!

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  22. My sister and I voted on Jennifer Lawrence. :) We think she looks perfect for the description.

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  23. I'd say Jennifer Lawrence or Jennifer Morrison- they both portray strong tough characters well, who have to hide or repress any sweetness in order to achieve their goals. The other ladies you have as options seem to me to use their charm and sweetness more obviously.

    Hope that helps!

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  24. My first choice would be Emily De Ravin, but I also think Carrie Underwood could be Juliana Dutton.

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  25. Lots of great choices and the chance to help in this decision, thanks so much for the opportunity to participate!!
    My vote is for Jennifer Lawrence, I can see her as Juliana completely :)

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  26. I'd say Emily De Ravin.

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  27. Oh so many to choose .. I think I am going with Jennifer Lawrence. I believe she would fit your character.

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  28. Wow, what fun to be a part of choosing a picture for your heroine! Thank you for doing this Marylu.
    My 1st choice is Hayden...she has that sweet and innocent look, yet you know she would beat you down if she had to..lol

    My 2nd is Jennifer Lawrence

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  29. I would say Carrie Underwood.
    I think she would fit the tough and soft part and she is too pretty. :)

    Shelby Z.

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  30. I vote for Jennifer Morrison (1st) and Carrie Underwood (2nd).

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  31. I'm inclined towards Anna Sophia Robb or Jennifer Lawrence would be my first choices . . .

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  32. Amanda Seyfried!!She's a beautiful young lady, but she has a look that can be tough.

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  33. My first choice is Jennifer Lawrence, she has the look, slightly athletic build, and already played a character that supports her entire family (Hunger Games). My second choice is Emilie de Ravin but only b/c of the posted picture. For some reason, her picture seemed to match your description of Juliana.

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  34. I instantly thought of Jennifer Lawrence while reading your description. She completely fits the bill in my opinion. Then I scrolled down and saw her photo. Yes! Pick her :)

    Best wishes!

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  35. Amanda Seyfried is my favorite, closely followed by Jennifer Lawrence.

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  36. My vote is for Jennifer Lawrence as well!

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  37. Laura AKA Loves 2 Read RomanceMay 24, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    My vote is for Emily De Ravin

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  38. Emily de Ravin!

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  39. Jennifer Morrison!

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  40. Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Morrison, or Emilie De Ravin :)

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  41. Definitely not Amanda Seyfried to me.

    Jennifer Morrison and Jennifer Lawrence are good at strong, independent heroines, and they look it more so than Amanda, who just seems to look too weak (or something like that). "Never wishes to marry and become subservient to a man"--that sounds (and looks) like them. Of course, we know Juliana will do something like that at the end of the story, won't she? ;)

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  42. Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Morrison or Emily De Ravin. The best by far! All the others don't seem strong enough to me. Just their face and body language, even the characters they have played. Besides some of them look too aged to be that age too. I can't wait to read it!

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  43. Amanda Seyfried all the way! Even though I don't care for most movies she plays in I have to say that she is one talented person:) I also think she's very pretty without being over the top gorgeous!

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