Watch the Video Pitch: EVE, MOTHER OF ALL LIVING:
Get to know writer Gary Billings:
1. What is your story about?
This is the epic story of Adam and Eve’s fall from paradise and the most logical progression of events that ensued based on the Genesis account.
2. Why should people know this story?
One reason would be to offer husbands and wives a story where the relationship deteriorated so badly that the husband’s favored son actually kills the wife’s favored son but in spite of that, because a bigger picture is brought into view, i.e. God vs the serpent, and because both parties do in fact love God, a beautiful resolution takes place. Love wins over hate. The story reveals that pride is largely to blame in many fractured relationships. This being a family movie, some scenes show the beauty of motherhood positively affecting children who in turn are part of the protagonist’s ultimate success. The seeming least are also great.
3. This story has a lot going for it. How would you describe this story
in two words?
4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?
Probably Franco Zeffirelli’s, “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” but more recently I have watched “The Devil’s Advocate” a lot.
5. How long have you been working on this story?
The original inspiration was off and on going back at least ten years ago. I began to work on it more steadily and seriously about two years ago.
6. How many stories have you written?
This is the first.
7. What motivated you to write this story?
The original inspiration came from the song, “In the Garden” by Cindy Morgan from her “The Loving Kind” CD, however I grew up mostly without a mother so when I found this woman (Eve) in the Bible and began to read between the lines, I saw things that inspired me to want to tell her story. Eva Cassidy’s song “Fields of Gold” also inspired me and my faith has played a part.
8. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
I love bicycling (I don’t like cars) and the outdoors. I also love people of all types, having lived in some other countries.
9. Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
Have a positive motivation and listen to music that affirms that motivation. Allow the development notes to sink in to your creativity.
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Narrated by Becky Shrimpton