BAXTER FAMILY TV
Can you give us any updates about the Baxter Family TV series?
Roma Downey’s company Lightworkers Media has done a tremendous job putting together the first six episodes of The Baxters. I haven’t seen the final product, but the buzz is exciting!
Apparently, the leadership at MGM liked what they saw so much that they are working to create additional episodes. Overall there is a tremendous sense that this show will be huge, and that there will be content for many years to come.
At this point we don’t have an exact release date or information on the network or platform where it will air. But those details are coming soon!
What’s it like working with folks like Roma Downey and Ted McGinley and all the others involved?
Working with Roma and Ted is a dream come true. When I first started writing about the Baxters, my dad was still alive. He was my biggest fan while I was growing up, and he loved the Baxters.
One afternoon we were sitting by the pool and he said, “I think you should contact that Touched by an Angel actress and see if she can get the Baxters on TV!’”
I smiled and said, “Sure, Dad. Do you have her number?”
We both laughed and knew that it would take a miracle like the ones that played out on Roma’s early hit show for the Baxters to make it to television.
Now, every day that we’re working on this series I’m reminded of that long-ago time, and of God’s faithfulness. Roma is kind and genuine and determined that one day soon all the world will know and love the Baxters like she does.
Ted McGinley is–very simply–the quintessential John Baxter. I can’t imagine anyone else playing that pivotal patriarchal role. Ted is an excellent actor and the best dad ever on set. My heart is full with the goodness of God and all that is ahead!
How will the series serve the books? Is the plan to adapt the original books, or build on those stories in another direction?
The plan is to create twelve episodes per book, and to march straight through the content the way readers have been doing for more than a decade.
The series will begin with the book Redemption–my first Baxter book. Next will be a season on Remember, the second book, and so on.
In this way, viewers will experience the dramatic and often intense storylines that carry the books. At the same time they will be overcome with the faith and love this family has for each other–even in very difficult times.
BEING A CHRISTIAN AUTHOR
What do you consider the best thing that readers can do to support their favorite authors?
Awwww, sweet question. Well, first, I consider my readers to be friends–not fans. I care for them and pray for them, and when I meet readers at a signing event I am moved to think that God put a story on my heart, but He had their hearts in mind. Only He could do that.
I would love for the readers to pray for me, that I’ll stay focused on the stories God has given me to write. And that I’ll continue to find the balance that allows me to be a wife and mother and grammy to the family who loves me–all while still writing!
Also, on a practical note, I’d love for them to visit KarenKingsbury.com and sign up for my free newsletter!
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When We Were Young
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a standalone novel about second chances, featuring the beloved Baxter family and a young father who finds his whole world turned upside down on the eve of his divorce.
What if you could see into the future and know what will happen tomorrow, if you really walk out that door today? Pay attention. Life is not a dress rehearsal.
From their first meeting, to their stunning engagement and lavish wedding, to their happily-ever-after, Noah and Emily Carter were meant to be together. Theirs is a special kind of love and they want the world to know. More than a million adoring fans have followed their lives on Instagram since the day Noah publicly proposed to Emily. But behind the carefully staged photos and encouraging posts, their life is anything but a fairytale, and Noah’s obsession with social media has ruined everything.
Distraught, Emily reaches out to her friend Kari Baxter Taylor and tells her the truth: Noah and Emily have decided to call it quits. He is leaving in the morning.
But when Noah wakes the next day, everything is different. Emily is gone and the kids are years older. Like Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, bizarre and strange events continue throughout the night so that Noah is certain he’s twenty years older, and he is desperate for a second chance.
Now it would take a miracle to return to yesterday.
When We Were Young is a rare and beautiful love story that takes place in a single day. It’s about the gift of knowing what tomorrow will bring if you really walk out that door today.