Readers have asked me what I think my characters look like. They’ve also asked what actors and actresses would play the characters in my books, so I decided to add this page to my website to satisfy my readers’ curiosity. I’m sure that your mental image of my characters is quite different than mine (in fact, these movie stars merely resemble my own mental images of my characters.)
Lieutenant James Augustus Atwater, aka “Gus”
Okay, so nearly every male hero looks like Colin Farrell, but—really—Gus really wears a khaki T-shirt, the resemblance between him and Gus is uncanny. Gus does not have a tattoo, however, and his hair has a tint of russet in it, but otherwise, they could pass for twins! Seriously.
CIA case officer Lucy Donovan
According to Hollywood experts, Megan Fox is “the new Angelina Jolie.” Since Angelina was my role model for Lucy but is now too mature to play Lucy’s part, I think Megan Fox will do. She’s certainly foxy enough!
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Here are the Myers-Briggs Personality Types of my lead characters. I use the Myers Briggs Typology Inventory to help me define my characters, so that they come alive! To discover your own personality type, take the free personality test here.
Hero Gus Atwater, the INTP Architect
Gus put aside his plans to become an architect when his father perished in the one of the twin towers on 9-11. Combating terrorism became Gus’s number one priority, and he became a Navy SEAL. To beat the enemy, he felt it necessary to “understand them.” Hence, he was drawn to the CIA and has been farmed out to them several times, including this trip into the jungle with Lucy.
Becoming a SEAL was not easy for Gus. Of all the guys on Team Twelve, Gus is undoubtedly the most intelligent. Before training to become a SEAL, he had never really worked out. But his determination to honor his father’s death gave him the wherewithal to withstand the physical rigors involved, and consequently, Gus has evolved into a hard-bodied action hero, as resilient and capable as any of his teammates.
Gus is a rational INTP, one of the toughest intellectual types to pin down. He lives in the world of theoretical possibilities, seeing everything in terms of how it could be improved, or what it could be turned into. Living primarily in his own mind, it has been hard for Gus to raise his awareness of the environment, a necessary skill for any Navy SEAL. INTPs are the “absent-minded professors”, who highly value intelligence and the ability to apply logic to theories to find solutions, but they aren’t always practical. INTPs do not like to lead or control people. Unfortunately, as a lieutenant, Gus doesn’t have much choice about being a leader. The INTP is strongly ingenious and has unconventional thought patterns which allows him to analyze ideas in new ways. This makes Gus good at intelligence. He thinks outside the box. A lot of scientific breakthroughs in the world have been made by the INTP. Famous INTPs are Charles Darwin, Rene Descartes, and Isaac Newton.
Heroine Lucy Ann Donovan the ISTP mechanic
Lucy is an equally complex protagonist. Unlike Gus, she is not a Rational being, but an Artisan, one who prefers to shape and manipulate the world through action rather than thought. The ISTP is still logical, but she learns by doing and she doesn’t get bored practicing her skills over and over again (like running. Lucy is a long-distance runner). Like Gus, she very interested in learning how things work, how terrorism works, so that she can put an end to it. But unlike Gus, she’s not interested in positing theories but rather in discovering practical solutions to put an end to terrorism. All ISPTs have an adventuresome spirit. They are attracted to motorcycles, airplanes, sky diving, surfing, etc. They thrive on action, and are usually fearless. ISTPs are fiercely independent, needing to have the space to make their own decisions about their next step. This is especially true with Lucy, who at first refuses to work at all with a teammate, Gus. ISTPs do not believe in or follow rules and regulations, as this would prohibit their ability to “do their own thing”. Gus is a bit like this, too, only it’s his own intelligence that he trusts more than his independence. ISTPs like and need to spend time alone, because this is when they can sort things out in their minds most clearly. They absorb large quantities of impersonal facts from the external world. They are very much aware of their concrete environment. That’s why Lucy always sees and hears things before Gus does. He’s lost in abstraction while she’s paying attention. ISTPs are excellent in a crisis situation. They’re usually good athletes, and have very good hand-eye coordination, however when under stress they may exhibit emotional outbursts and are famous for their tempers! Gus is much more mild mannered than Lucy is.
Lucy and Gus as Look-Alike Partners
Lucy and Gus share a Look-Alike Relation. Look-Alike relations tend to exhibit good collaboration especially when there is a mutual attraction. Gus and Lucy share common concerns and problems but their areas of expertise and confidence are never the same.