Two Faced began in 2013 while I was in grad school for writing. I had this idea for a shadowy, behind-the-scenes god making a play to bring magic back to the world. A character modeled a bit after Nick Fury. My cohort hated the first few chapters I created. I struggled with it, but I couldn't abandon it.
I'd was heavily influenced by writers like Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, people who were taking myths and folklore and weaving it all together into these modern day epics. So over the summer, I dove deep into the character of this shadowy figure and he moved into the light and became Janos.
I'm a fan of a good anti-hero. The idea of this cranky, put-upon god trying to save the world charmed me. The more I got to know him and the boundaries he crossed, the more my world expanded outwards. Pillar of Heaven may have started nearly two decades ago, but the world wasn't firm until I wrote Two Faced. And as I fleshed it out, it felt like a natural progression to connect them. So you will see characters from Two Faced in The Second Pillar and moving throughout the rest of the Pillar series.
As a writer, the base of my job is to take a character and make them extremely uncomfortable. Then sit back and see how they respond. It is one of my favorite pastimes to put Janos in absurd situations. So, really, that's what this book is: me torturing a character for kicks and you being entertained with how he reacts. Enjoy!
If I had my way, this is who'd be cast in a movie of Two Faced.
Played by Oscar Isaac. The man has chops but, honestly, I'm in love with the beard he sported for Dune. As an actor that can deliver the full range of a complicated character, he'd be perfect for Janos.
I really like Andrew Garfield and there's something about his gawky, adorableness in Spider-Man that translates to Daniel Levin's unsure cuteness. Plus, he's got the right level of snarky to keep Janos on his toes.
Tati Gabrielle is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful women ever. But she portrays this sense of being capable at handling whatever is happening that comes with Holly's character.
Ian McKellan has already played a Holocaust survivor but there's no one better to play the desperate to redeem himself Zeda.
Physically, Joseph Gordon-Levitt does not fit the character of Mercury at all. No blonde curls for one. But looks aren't everything and Joseph possesses that perfect mix of mischievous and self-assured, serious and mocking that this role needs.
Conveniently, this photo already shows Rachel Weisz in a semi-Roman goddess outfit. I think she's a timeless beauty that would bring the soft sadness that Styx has to the role.
Man, the eyebrows on Will Poulter are everything! This guy carries a bit of menace to him and I think he can nail that frenzied energy that Prometheus has in the story.
In my humble opinion, Doug Jones is a way under-rated monster actor. For the demon Orobas, whether its body work or voice work, I want him at the helm.
Honestly, one of my favorite traits of Michael Fassbender is how many languages he speaks. That aside, we've seen him in enough roles to know he can pull off the judgy, angry, tortured role of Judgment.