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Linda Rios Brook, President of the RiosBrook Foundation, believes the answers to issues of social justice and righteousness lie in the proper alignment between the church, the market place, media, and entertainment. She is a sought out speaker and teacher on matters relevant to cultural restoration. Linda is married to Larry Brook, who is the Executive Director of the Riosbrook Foundation.
Linda, thank you so much for being a guest on my blog today. I watched the video where you discussed the concepts behind The Deliverer and Lucifer’s Flood and I was fascinated. For those who haven’t seen the video, can you provide an overview of the novels?
Lucifer’s Flood is the story told by an angel who was standing in the wrong place when the war broke out in Heaven and as a result was accidentally cast to the Earth with one-third of the angelic realm who followed Lucifer. The angel won’t tell his name because he is so humiliated. His assignment on Earth is to observe the interaction between God and humanity and report to Satan. All the while he is attempting to find a way back to Heaven, so he is keeping a diary to build a legal brief should he ever get a hearing before the Court of Heaven. The back story is how we came to have these diaries. They were delivered to Samantha Yale, a professor at the University of Jerusalem whose specialty is languages of antiquity – by a mysterious man named Wonk Eman. The time period covered in this book begins with the war in Heaven and ends with the birth of Moses.
The Deliverer picks up where the first book ended. This book spans the time between the birth of Moses and the death of Joshua. At the end of the book we get our first clue that there is much more to Samantha Yale than whom she purports to be.
The third and fourth books: The King and The Redeemer will be released in 2010 and 2011.
I’ve heard writer’s say that they’ve had to enter into prayer before writing scenes of a dark nature. Did you find that you had to do the same and were there any battles with spiritual warfare?
I don’t believe these books have a dark nature. They tell a story about the relationship between God and humanity in the redemption of a lost world. Lucifer was thrown out of Heaven to Earth, which he destroyed. This is an account of the recreation in Genesis 1 and God’s sovereign decision that the Earth would be redeemed through the creation of mankind. Satan knows that whoever rules the universe will ultimately be decided by who rules the planet. He also knows how the end of his rule will come about – “the seed of the woman shall crush your head.” He knows how, but not when. Therefore, he hates all people but fears only one – the one who can fulfill this prophecy. Satan’s only avenue to escape his judgment is if the person is never born or neutralized if he is.
As the books progress, No Name (the fallen angel) learns to manipulate Satan through his arrogance and foolish pride. As a result, Satan becomes much more of a caricature of evil than a powerful arch-demon.
If there was warfare, it came in the struggle to publish the books without resorting to the clichés and westernized interpretation of the Bible demanded by several other publishing houses. Although the books are fiction, the resource material used is not.
I understand you’re the president of the Riosbrook Foundation. Can you tell us a little about the foundation?
Several years ago when my husband and I sold the television station we owned in Minnesota, we formed the RiosBrook Foundation – whose purpose is to collaborate with other parties in the creation and distribution of multi-media content that advances the understanding people have of God and themselves: who we are and why we’re here.
In addition to being a writer, you’re a speaker, a teacher, an ordained minister and the list goes on and on. How do you manage it all? Tell us your secret.
Prioritize and focus.
A few weeks ago, I was talking to a couple of writer buddies and I told them about my need for a quiet environment when I write. Can you describe your writing space and the atmosphere that helps you create?
I write in my office either at Covenant Centre International in Palm Beach Gardens Florida or in my home office where I am frequently interrupted by a white, fluffy dog named FanciGucci. I need an environment where I can hear the characters talk.
If you had to list three things you know now that you wished you knew when you first started writing, what would they be?
(1) The importance of dialogue in telling the story (2) the reader can only know what I tell him or her – don’t make the assumption he can read my mind and know what I meant to say but didn’t (3) how readers can become emotionally attached to a character. For example, No Name (the angel) has an inferiority complex, is prone to clumsiness, not a slave to conviction and cannot understand why God allows humanity to get away with things the angels were never allowed to do. Every person can in some way, identify with the experience of No Name. Therefore, some who have read both books have come to love “the little guy” as they often refer to him. Therefore, they are becoming concerned as to what is going to happen to him in the end. This presents a theological issue of no small proportions.
My readers all know how much I enjoy a funny story. When you’re in the mood for a good comedy movie, what movies are guaranteed to make you laugh?
If the movie has a dog or a talking animal in it, I will laugh. My husband has an outrageous and infectious sense of humor and laughs loud and long at all kinds of humor. Going to the movies with him is guaranteed to make me laugh.
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