In the course of doing research for my e-books, Ruby Sanders and Jared Anderson, I read the books, The Free State Of Jones, 12 Years A Slave, and Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl, and from the first stroke of my pen, I knew Matthew McConaughey would be perfect in the role of Newt Knight.
Of course, I had to change that name, Newt. It just did not fit with my image of Matthew McConaughey. When I think of Mr. McConaughey, I think of tuxedos, diamonds, and Lincoln cars. There is a jewelry store here Illinois by the name of Jared, so I used that to come up with the name Jared Anderson.
I KNEW HIM BY THE SOUND of his voice. I must admit that I was so intrigued by the thought of seeing him again that it set my heart racing and I forgot to stay hidden. I dared to peek.
Gone was the curious little boy with mousy brown hair, skinned knees, and big feet. The Jared who entered the Wilkes’ house was not a boy, but a full-grown man.
His body showed signs of hard physical labor. Even through the fine clothes he wore, you could see a well-muscled upper body with a narrow waist and long sturdy legs. This older Jared was as tall as my father. He had light brown hair with just a whisper of gold. His eyes were so blue they could have been cut straight from the sky. And his face was caressed with a tan from the summer sun and he wore an easy smile and seemed very self-assured.
I did, however, get one thing very wrong. Originally, I had Halle Berry as Ruby.
Eliza D. Ankum
Jared Anderson A Novel