THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Over the years, I have questioned my sanity on writing such a story as Summer Ray. After ten years, and six volumes later with the seventh one on the way, I was seriously starting to think I was driving myself off the beaten path. One thing I never did was reference the book before. When I sit down to write, the words just come out as they choose to do so. The story wrote itself. But, with all good stories they must have twists and turns, plots that create “roller coaster” emotions, parts the reader and viewer didn’t see coming and so on. Stories that grip the heart that cause people to want to dive in deeper; be it fiction, non fiction or a combination of both, are what I was after. But, throughout the years, I lost the heart of the matter and I questioned if I should continue.

When I started to change the font on the books to a “romantic novel” font, I started to feel encased in the story. I had to read them again in order to edit the books and I have to say, there is much I had forgotten. The new fresh eyes I needed, were my own. If I couldn’t believe in the story, how could others? The heart of the matter was lost because I hadn’t read the story in a very long time. I needed to refresh why I was writing the story in the first place. This is a labor of love, not just from me but from Father God.

Satan hates the story of Summer Ray because it exposes him in ways that other stories do not. It brings to light so much of what he has hidden in darkness and perhaps why the main character is Summer Ray. The mini-series is titled “Summer Ray The Redemption.” So, not only are we bringing to light the devil and exposing him, we are also shedding light on the truth of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is humanity’s Redeemer. The hardest part of this whole story, has been writing about demons. I had to research their names, their personalities and it was not fun. But, not every Christian can do that. I for one, happened to grow up in witchcraft, so I know a thing or two about darkness. I think C.S. Lewis had a similar issue when he wrote “The Screwtape Letters.” The man was a genius and I love reading his work.


We are mirrors whose brightness is wholly derived from the sun that shines upon us.”  C.S. Lewis

If there was ever an author that I was entralled by, it is him. He was a brilliant author. His Chronicles of Narnia, a make believe world, had a hidden message of redemption too. Aslan – the Lion signifying Jesus.

“I am [in your world].’ said Aslan. ‘But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.” 

I can even hear his voice from the movie. Swoon…! Such a beautiful story made famous the world over. There are times when I find myself wondering if our make-believe world of Summer Ray can reach people. Then I think of Narnia! Summer Ray is fantasy, mystery, romantic, drama, spiritual, wartorn and a whole lot of adventure. Its focus is redemption. After re-reading the books, I started to gain the momentum I thought I lost. I saw the heart of the matter again and I am exicted to be able to bring this world of Summer Ray both in the written word and digitally in a mini-series. When I looked at the above picture the first time I saw it, I gasped. When God shines His light on your project, then you know He has to be blessing it. Summer Ray has a very specific purpose and it is being risen up for such a time as this!

Juliana


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