Friday, 31 January 2014

Fantasy Cast Friday - 'Offside!' by Jamie Tucker Dougan.

It's that time of the week again when authors retreat into fantasy land and imagine what it would be like if their books were to be made into movies/TV dramas. Just who would they cast as those all-important main characters?

Yes, it's Fantasy Cast Friday! And this week I've got my lovely friend and fellow author Jamie Tucker Dougan with me as he picks his dream cast for his latest release 'Offside!'

Read on to find out a little bit more about Jamie, and to see just who his 'Offside!' fantasy cast would be...


Author Bio

Jamie Tucker Dougan is a 40-something indie author and blogger from East Ayrshire in Scotland. He enjoys blogging about random things and writing short stories with an adult romantic theme.
His first short story, Grande Plage, was released in July 2012 and reached number 1 in the Amazon DE Free Download chart in August 2012. It was followed soon after by his second short story, Always Running Away which included the little bonus story, A Bus Journey.

In September 2012, Jamie released The Rubicon Trail, a fictionalisation of a real life adventure in America. It has been a Top 5 best seller in its category.

Jamie is currently working on a series of novellas, the first called Offside! They are about fictional footballer Shane Henderson whose love life becomes as complicated at the offside rule in football. The first part in the series was released just before Christmas 2013 and the second part, called Playing Offside will be released in spring 2014.

Away from writing, Jamie works in a busy car & truck dealership in his home town and is a loving husband to his partner of 22 years and loving dad to his two young sons. He enjoys watching football, motor racing and walking.



Book Blurb - Offside!


Teenage best friends Shane Henderson and Mia Rodrigues had the same dream, to be professional footballers. Mia followed her dream to America. Shane followed his to the football team he supported, Milton Keynes Rangers. And so life took them on different paths, different journeys. But sometimes paths cross... and they did briefly for Shane and Mia... and their teenage friendship became something more. 

Offside! is the first in a series of novellas about Shane's journey along his path. And at times, that path sometimes gets more complicated than the offside rule in football.

Shane Henderson isn't a typical footballer. Nightclubs, casinos, fast cars and faster women are not his style. He prefers the quiet life and cosy nights with the woman he loves. It's a pity that woman doesn't want the same thing.

A secret involving Shane's new wife and his brother isn't all it first appears to be and an explosive confrontation in the last game of the season begins to reveal the real truth about someone Shane thought he knew.

Not everyone plays by the rules!


The Cast


Shane Henderson ~ Every story has a main character. The main character in Offside! is Shane Henderson, a professional footballer in his early 30s. Since his teens, he dreamed of being a footballer, just like his dad, brother and uncle. But his footballing abilities were overlooked by his parents, who had little time for him when he was young.

It’s not until his family move to another country that his abilities are noticed by the father of his new best friend that he begins to follow his dream.

Shane leaves school and gains a place at the footballing academy of his favourite team, Milton Keynes Rangers. Almost a year later, he makes his professional début.

He is not a typical professional footballer though, preferring a quiet life at home rather than fast cars, faster women, nightclubs, race tracks and casinos. So it probably wasn’t a good idea to fall in love and marry a fame hungry, attention seeking ex-Page 3 model.

Over the course of the Offside! Series, revelations will see Shane’s heart and head pulled in different directions and his love-life become more complicated than the offside rule. We also follow bits of his career playing for Milton Keynes Rangers, local rivals Daventry United and back to the club he loves the most.

The visual muse for Shane is Eric Szmanda, best known for playing Greg Sanders in my favourite TV show CSI.

Mia Rodrigues ~ Mia Rodrigues, the pin-up girl of womens’ soccer. Beautiful, talented and a sensible head on her shoulders, so it’s no wonder that away from the football field she is also a successful model, part-time lawyer and owner of a successful entertainment agency.
The only daughter of Brazilian World Cup winner Pepe, football has always been in her blood. Her dream of being a top player came true when she headed for the USA at 18 years old. That was after being spotted by a daily tabloid newspaper and her modelling career taking off. But all she wanted to do back then was play football. Her footballing career was cut short though in her late 20s. So she moved into coaching and eventually management, becoming the first female manager of an MLS team in America. She has her sights set on a bigger league though… The Premiership.

Mia is also Shane Henderson’s best friend, having known each other since their teens. But their relationship goes deeper than just friendship. They have feelings for each other and have, in the past, crossed that line where friendship becomes something else. Will the paths of their lives cross again?
The visual muse and inspiration for Mia is model/actress/entrepreneur/TV presenter Kelly Brook.

Lewis Henderson ~ Every story needs a bad guy. The bad guy in Offside! is Shane’s big brother, Lewis. But is he really the bad guy?
Like Shane, Lewis is also a professional footballer. Nearing the end of a career mostly spent playing in Italy, he moves to Shane’s former club on loan. Always the blue eyed boy to his mother, he has an estranged relationship with his little brother. But in a strange way, he cares for his younger sibling which is why he does something that breaks his brother’s heart.
The visual muse for Lewis is Emmerdale’s lovable rogue Cain Dingle played by Jeff Hordley. Cain is a bad boy but you just can’t help liking that bad boy. Just like Lewis when you realise why he did what he does to his little brother.

April Flowers ~ April Flowers, new wife of Offside!’s main character Shane Henderson. A woman he loves very much but a woman with a secret… a few secrets. The former Page 3 model turned TV sports reporter and lads’ mag pin-up girl is not as sweet and innocent as she appears.
She’s an attention seeking drama queen who loves the limelight. Very much a WAG but not the kind of WAG happy shopping in the best shops and eating in the best restaurants.  She’s the opposite of Shane, who shuns attention and tries to live a quiet life away from the media spotlight. April attracts the media. In Offside! though, she’ll wish she hadn’t.

Revelations that April has been playing “offside” set the scene and as the series progresses, we’ll find that not everybody is playing by the rules and April is not the only character playing “offside”.
The visual muse for April is former Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallet. Like Roxanne’s character was in Emmerdale, April looks sweet and innocent but is also a bit of a man eater and heart breaker.

Sam Black ~ Sam is Shane’s former teammate in Offside! and by the time the story reaches its third part, teammate again. They are also best friends having joined Milton Keynes Rangers’ Youth Academy together. Sam is also Mia Rodrigues’ cousin. But that doesn’t stop Shane often confiding his feelings for Mia in Sam.
Sam also has a big dislike for April, and often tells Shane his opinion of her.
I’ve cast Home & Away star Steve Peacocke who plays Darryl ‘Brax’ Braxton. Not because they are similar characters but because when I wrote the first line in Offside! mentioning Sam, Home & Away was on TV and Brax was on the screen.

Shelby Cooper ~ Shelby only has a minor role in Offside! but in the second part, she has a major part. However, I’m not giving anything away about the second part yet, so you’ll just have to see how major a part she has and how it affects the series.
I’ve cast Person of Interest star Sarah Shahi who plays Agent Shaw (spoiler alert UK viewers) as Shelby for two reasons. One is that Person of Interest is my current favourite TV show. The other is that during breaks from writing ‘Playing Offside’, I binge-watched Person of Interest and because I did, I couldn’t get the lovely Ms Shahi/Agent Shaw out of my head. So she became the visual muse for Shelby.

Other characters from the Offside! Series, some minor and some yet to be introduced...

Dario de Luccio ~ Daventry United manager. 

Another character that has a minor part in Ep1 but a major impact on what’s going on in Ep2.
I’ve cast a real life former footballer as Dario – former Rangers and Blackburn Rovers player Lorenzo Amoruso

Chip Agassi ~ Mia’s race car driving husband. He’ll make his full début in Ep3. 


I’ve cast Coronation Street bad boy Marc Baylis (Rob Donovan) as Chip.

Dale McKechnie ~ Shane’s ex-girlfriend from his schooldays and early part of his career. Mentioned throughout the series but makes her proper début in Ep3. 
I’ve cast another Coronation Street star as Dale – Samia Ghadie who plays Maria Connor.


There are more characters I could cast but the ones I’ve listed here are characters that have visual muses, faces I picture in my mind when I’m writing the Offside! Series.
Twitter - @JamieTDougan

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Thanks so much for taking part, Jamie, and for such a brilliant Fantasy Cast Friday!

Fantasy Cast Friday is back next week with the fabulous Mandy Baggot, and her dream cast for her new release 'Made in Nashville'. Don't miss it!


1 comment:

  1. Thanks again for having me on your blog Michelle :) x

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