“Out of Africa” with Catherine McKenzie

Saturday, August 8, 2009.   Photo/Robert J. Galbraith).Introduction by Gail Allison

She has written four novels, three of which are international bestsellers (and let’s be honest…it’s only a matter of time before the upcoming novel achieves that status). They have been translated into several languages, including French, German, Czech and Polish.  Oh, and in her spare time? She’s a lawyer. She also happens to be Canadian like me (yay, eh?), as well as one of my favourite authors.

Catherine McKenzie’s novels are so much fun to read, and always hit the right chord. I know I’ve recommended her books to quite a number of people, and no one has come away disappointed yet. She’s also super-accessible, which is absolutely amazing. She’s on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as at her own website. Oh, and she’s a regular contributor to Huffington Post, through which she started a reading club on Goodreads this year: a challenge to read books on the NYT bestsellers list.  I kind of suspect she’s perfected time travel too, and somehow has created 35-hour days for herself in which to do all these things.

The best thing about her, besides her amazing writing talent, is that she is so supportive of other authors…especially newbies. She had a mission a while back to make books into bestsellers. Recently, she has been championing The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison and is hosting a $50 Amazon gift card giveaway to bring even more attention to this new favorite novel of hers. (Giveaway ends May 19th, so head over there ASAP!)

Today, she’s here to cast Forgotten, in case it goes to the big screen and directors need some ideas.


Canadian cover

My most recent novel is Forgotten, about a women who goes missing in Africa for six months. When she returns, she learns that everyone believed she was dead and her whole life has moved on without her.

Movie Cast:

1. Emma — Emma is the main character in the novel. I could see Reese Witherspoon playing her. Emma is smart and vulnerable at the same time, characteristics that Reese has displayed in many roles, but best in Walk the Line.

2. Dominic — The man living in Emma’s apartment when she got home, I imagined him as and named him after Dominic West, the lead actor from The Wire. Also acceptable would be Clive Owen, because, um, he’s Clive Owen.

3. Sunshine — Emma’s mother’s best friend, she’s a little off beat. Melissa McCarthy could play this role; she’s Sookie from The Gilmore Girls.

4. Craig – Emma’s boyfriend before she left on her trip. His heart is in the right place, but he doesn’t know what he wants. I could see Ryan Reynolds in this role. Would be nice to see him play the guy who doesn’t get the girl … or does he?

5. Sophie — Emma’s office nemesis. It would be fun to see Anne Hathaway play against type and be mean for once.

US cover

US cover

Thanks to Catherine for sharing her casting choices with us! We look forward to reading her next novel, Hidden, as soon as it becomes available! (Another benefit of living in the same country as Catherine is that Canadians get to read this a lot sooner than US residents.)

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One Response to “Out of Africa” with Catherine McKenzie

  1. I love Catherine, too! I just got an ARC of HIDDEN and it’s been taunting me because I don’t quite have time to read it yet! Excellent post 🙂

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