Fiction Readers Who Ask 'Who Do You See in the Movie?' Get Their First Convention in Tempe, Arizona

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The fiction-based hobby of “fantasy casting” gets visibility and a boost from a fresh social media website dedicated to those who see beyond the page to a movie adaptation. The casual activity now has a home, where “casting authors” and “storycasters” can get a little closer to the vision that fiction gives them.

As part of a series of regional conventions, popular website Storycasting.com is sponsoring a free "AZ Storycasting Meetup & Signing" at the Changing Hands bookstore in Tempe, AZ on the evening of March 13th. Eight Arizona fiction authors and a crowd of readers and storycasters will discuss “fantasy casting”, sign books, and talk about books, actors, movies, and the future of their hobby’s community. Admission is free, and attendees will receive snacks, drinks, and a free logo t-shirt.

The lineup includes established and debut authors from across the state. Aprilynne Pike gathered a vocal tween/teen audience for her debut "Wings", and, with Disney showing interest, will talk about her newest book "Spells". Former Phoenix newspaper reporter Frank Fiore will sign his artificial intelligence thriller "Cyberkill", and wants Ben Affleck for the lead. Scottsdale author-speaker Marcia Fine signs "Stressed in Scottsdale", her third comedic novel satirizing her Arizona neighbors. Debut vampire novelist Shonnovan Mitchell signs her teen romance chiller "Emery", and originally wanted actor Travis Fimmel to play the smooth-but-scary teen lover.

Also appearing will be Dan Shaurette, a local podcaster whose work "Lilith’s Love" moved to print. Dan thinks Deborah Ann Woll would make a fine Lilith. Classic Arizona cowboy author Marsha Ward will discuss her works, and has said that Garrett Hedlund could play Carl from "The Man From Shenandoah". Romance novelist Angela Morrison gained a following with "Taken by Storm", and her appearance at the convention is part of her book tour for "Sing Me to Sleep". Local artist-turned-author Tom Leveen will sign his multiple-perspective YA novel "Party".

Storycasting is the only site with built-in actor photos and a casting/voting engine that automatically tracks the books and actors cast most often. Five publishers and nearly 200 individual authors have been using the site for their own promotions for more than a year now. In every genre, these authors have strengthened the links with their readers through the casting conversation. Although membership requires registration, the site is free and non-spamming.

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