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Dwell on these things

Recently, I did an interview with our local bookstore. It was a fun time especially since I got to share a bit of the gospel in a secular realm. But that’s for another post. One of the questions that she asked me was, “If my five books for The Independence Islands were turned into a movie or a TV series, who would play my two main characters?” I see authors sharing images of this very thing – actors who would play their characters, but I struggled long enough that, thankfully, a customer walked in while I was trying to come up with an answer.

I don’t watch TV. I don’t really watch movies – I think this year already I have maybe viewed five movies that I had never seen before. So, to answer this question, I really had to search for actors that fit the description of Scott and Beth. I went to my Pinterest board for Scrumptious Independence, hoping that maybe I had selected two of them already and I just forgot. I wasn’t quite as lucky, and the one actor in the pin board may not have actually been my selection for Scott but he was the only man there. That was Keanu Reeves. Now that I think about it, my villain in that book might’ve actually looked more like Mr. Reeves than Scott. But it is what it is now.

Who would play Beth, you might ask? I selected Lily Collins. I don’t know why but she seemed to look the closest to the woman on the cover of the book.

What show should I compare my books too? and what actors would play my characters? are always the hardest for me to answer for the very reason I stated above. When I tell readers that I don’t watch television, they’re surprised. I know it’s a normal way of decompressing for most people. For me its sleeping or reading, depends on how much work I’ve been doing throughout the day or how busy I was being a mom.

Why don’t you watch television?

Simply put, I’m tired of the garbage and the over-politicizing social issues and the over-romanticizing evil behaviors and…the list continues. When I was watching a show it was supposed to be sci-fi and some of the elements we’re too real and too close to the truth, I was immediately turned off. I found myself wondering, “If fiction isn’t far from reality, what kind of sick twisted minds are coming up with some of these stories?” Now, this isn’t a dig at people who like those kind of shows and movies, but for me it’s something that I feel like I need to avoid.

It says in Philippians, chapter 4 verse 8 “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable – if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise – dwell on these things.”

If I am not finding this kind of material, or even close, I try to avoid it. Does it mean I no longer have fun? Not at all. It just means that I find something different more valuable. As someone who is not only a Christian author, but also a teacher of the Word, I need to dwell on these things.

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