S8~ Novel Q&A’s

This week’s sandbox was a shorter question and answer session about my novel — including a movie casting!  😀  Enjoy and comment (if you want)!

Q.  What song would be the film score for your story?

A.  The song I want for this story would probably fit better in the credits than as the actual score because its powerful lyrics deserve more central attention. I really want “Alive” by Natalie Grant because it so perfectly captures the “Only” theme and Jesus as, “the Lamb of God Who rolled away the stone in front of every grave.”

Who but You, could breathe and leave a trail of galaxies and dream of me?
What kind of Love is writing my story till the end with Mercy’s pen?
Only You.

What kind of King would choose to wear a crown that bleeds and scars to win my heart?
What kind of Love tells me I’m the reason He can’t stay inside the grave?
Is it You?
Standing here before my eyes, every part of my heart cries
Alive! Alive!
Look what Mercy’s overcome; Death has lost and Love has won!

Alive! Alive!
Hallelujah, risen Lord, the only One I fall before;
I am His because He is alive.

Who could speak, and send the demons back from where they came with just one Name?
What other heart would let itself be broken every time till He healed mine?

You –
Only You
could turn my darkness into dawn; running right into Your arms

Alive! Alive!
Look what Mercy’s overcome; Death has lost and Love has won! 

Alive! Alive!
Hallelujah, Risen Lord, the only One I fall before I am His because He is

the promised King,
the Baby Who made angels sing,
the Son of Man Who walked with us, healing, breathing in our dust
the Author of all history,
the Answer to all mysteries
the Lamb of God Who rolled away the stone in front of every grave!

Alive! Alive!
Look what Mercy’s overcome;
Death has lost and Love has won
I am His because He is alive. 


Also, this song makes me think of the story of Jairus because the Christian drama group I am part of has a very powerful mime to this song.  The mime follows Jesus ministry, death, and resurrection, and the raising of Jairus’ daughter is part of it.

Here’s a video of it — sorry about the pews in the way.  😦

A few notes on watching a mime —
When a person spins, they change character — happy, angry, sad, blind, guard, etc.
Purple sash= Jesus
This one goes back and forth between crucifixion scenes with instrumental music (from Batman, I think) and scenes from Jesus’ ministry with ‘Alive’.  😉

Q.  What book would be your main character's favorite?

A.  Since the setting of my novel is not a time when a lot of books were written, it is a little hard to say. In light of this, I think Jairus’ favorite thing to read would be something in the Old Testament (back when it was the only testament).  And I think that his favorite book of the Old Testament would be Deuteronomy because of its theme of the law and of God’s character.

Q.  What TV show(s) would they watch?

A.  Well, TV’s had not even been imagined in Palestine c. 25 A.D., Jairus really would not watch anything. If he did live in modern times, I can confidently say that Jairus would not have cable; he would probably only watch the weather channel and maybe an occasional PBS special on history.

Q.  Perhaps do a celebrity casting. 
Which famous Hollywood actors would portray your characters 
best in a movie?

A.  Because I am not very familiar with actors and actresses, this part took a lot of research to figure out. And because my characters are all Jewish or Roman, pretty much all white Hollywood stars were ruled out.  I ended up with a random selection of characters from all over the place.

Jairus:  Hugh Jackman


From Les Miserables and Night of Museum (though I have not seen either movie), I thought he would make a good Jairus.  Jean Valjean is a serious role with a lot of inner conflict and deep emotions, and if he could play that, Jairus’ role should fit nicely.  Just give him a tunic and a full, neatly-trimmed beard, and he is ready to go.

Keturah:  Maia Morgenstern


She is a famous Romanian actress who plays Mary, the mother of Jesus in The Passion.  When I saw her picture, her calm, yet wise expression made me think she would fit the role well.

Abihail:  Mary Nesbitt


I had a hard time finding child actresses who looked like they could fit the part of Abihail.  In the middle the Internet searching, I remembered Bard’s daughters in The Hobbit movies.  When I looked them up, I decided the younger one, Tilda, would work as Abbi.  Mary Nesbitt, the actress, is North Irish, but her innocent look combined with her ability to be both serious and loving, reminded me of her.  If you just braided her hair to hide the lighter brown wisps and dressed her in a tunic and sandals, I think she could do it.

Mordecai:  Richard Armitage


Famous as John Thorton in North and South and Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit, I think he has the fire and resolve to play Mordecai.  All he needs is some darker eyes and a Middle Eastern tan.


10 thoughts on “S8~ Novel Q&A’s

  1. Love the song you chose! It fits really well! Great comments about the books and tv, too! Hugh Jackman was the perfect choice! He played a very convincing emotional Jean Valjean and could do the same for Jairus. Just looking at Maia makes me think of a motherly figure. Mary Nesbitt would make a very sweet Abihail! Richard Armitage would be a very strong and fire-filled Mordecai!

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