Only twice now, I've have my mind picture of the story's heroine altered by subsequent events.
The first time was with The Widow-Maker. I signed a film rights contract with a local company and they proposed an actress to play the part of Lexie. Initially, I was quite ambivalent, but then we reached the point of making a promotional trailer to attract funding and I watched her play a scene in character on the set and my mind picture shifted to the point where she is Lexie in my mind.
Such is the uncertainty of film production in Australia that the trailer remains unfinished and the future of the film is uncertain still.
The second time was when Gemini Judson produced her first mockup of the cover for "Her Brother's Keeper". We shortened her hair a little and added auburn highlights, but the girl on the cover is now Heather in my mind.