Been away. Whoops.

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Good day! Morning as is here or afternoon or anywhere you’re at!

I haven’t posted a lot. Been reading, been editing, but that’s neither here nor there. I am up to chapter 21 in Deuteronomy. Forge on!

First, thanks to everyone following not just here but reading through my exegesis of the OT–without me checking in with pastors (totally my bad). I do like going through it with fresh eyes, and pray that my understanding is correct. And… I welcome correction. That said, Deuteronomy 21 is cool. I read it yesterday and today re-read and it was so clear in prophetic of the fulfillment of the Messiah. Long? Probably. HERE: v 15-17 – the 2 wives represent the Jews and the Gentiles. If the husband loves one and not the other, yet has 2 sons, one from the loved, and one from the other and doesn’t care for the 1st born of the unloved wife (I see this as the Jews, the chosen people– I could be wrong), the father is to give the firstborn the double portion– and the Jewish firstborn is the SIGN of the father. Let that sink in… both ways. The Jewish nation is the chosen… Jesus is the first-born and in His words He said He was sent first to the house of Israel -the chosen. Next v 22-23 The rebellious who hate God were put to death for hating God (stirring up violence, idolatry). Oh, how harsh! How? Hung (Hebrew: impaled) on a tree. Cursed outside the city. The ones who hate God (both Jew and Gentile). So how was this so prophetic? Let me count the ways. Jesus was cursed by the firstborn for calling Himself God, putting Him into the hatred and rebellion and idolatry). Why crucify Him? He was accused (false testimony) of inciting violence thus incurring the wrath and death by the Romans (Gentiles, and very cruel). He was prophetically hung on a tree, impaled, and cursed (FOR EVERYONE, Jew and Gentile). Last.. the body was never to be left on this tree overnight. Does anyone see what I see?

I want to talk about the Beatitudes, too, the words of Jesus in Matthew 5.

The Beatitudes are so convoluted by both believers and non-believers. Is Jesus even talking about the physical? Nope. His words within the beatitudes speak the very words of salvation. 1. blessed (HAPPY) are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of God. Whoa. Not the poor, but the one who recognizes they have fallen (sinned). 2. Blessed are those who mourn (weep over their sin in recognition and confession of sin) for they will be comforted (that word, comforted is the same in Greek as is the Holy Spirit!). 3. Blessed are the meek (humble enough to turn – repent from sin) for they will inherit the earth (all of God’s treasure). 4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (seeking salvation through Jesus’ righteousness, not ours) for they will be filled (with the very heart of God) 5. Blessed are the merciful (our forgiveness toward others) for they will be shown mercy (from others). 6. Blessed are the pure in heart (follow by the Holy Spirit, not by good works) for they will see God (face to face!) 7. Blessed are the peacemakers (bringing God’s word, His peace to others) for they will be called sons of God (they are willing to share all of God’s bounty with Jews and Gentiles). 8. AND THE ONES NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT– blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness (ie prison, torture, death) for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (reiteration of #1! 9. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice (???WHATTTTT.. Like WHAAATTT??) and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven for the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Reiteration of #7–sharing the good news is not met with all love light and sweetness Sometimes but look at today. What group is the most persecuted in the world? Christians! We are now called ISIS! yikes. Persecution is coming and rather than taking offense, we need to remember these words ie rejoice and be glad. He goes on to say that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Why did He add this here? Because salt and light change the environment. By walking in the world ie BEING of the world we haven’t shared the changes in our hearts not even #1. And last, He said He came to FULFILL the law– meaning none of the above can be accomplished by your will alone.

You have to see your sin, admit that you fall short, that you confess with your mouth, heart that Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead, and you will be saved. (Romans)

Works are not involved. It’s through Faith by Grace that God GIVES you so no one can boast. Grace, by the way, is getting what we do NOT deserve.

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Interview with DJ Williams

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by Claire O’Sullivan

 

DJ Williams

 

I’m pleased to let you know I snagged an interview with DJ Williams, the author of The Auctioneer (which was très cool, along with a copy of the book) which is right here. Sorry, not the book, but the cover… 

The Auctioneer DJ Williams

Here’s the link to purchase it:

‘The Auctioneer’ by DJ Williams ↵ 

Claire: Hi DJ. Thanks for giving this interview and it’s a pleasure to chat with you. I can’t wait to talk about your new book, The Auctioneer. First, I have to hear about your background and your bio– ‘with the DNA of a world traveler.’ Can you tell me a bit about that? 

DJ: My parents were missionaries in Hong Kong where I was born. I was fifteen when the family moved back to L.A. I’ve been in Los Angeles ever since. Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to travel to many countries, but it was when I found myself in Zambia along the Zambezi River that I realized my dream of storytelling from the age of eight after reading Treasure Island, was the next step of my journey.

Claire: Zambezi! That’s where the Zambezi River was flooding just this month. How incredibly devastating. What you saw and experienced shaped your first novel, The Disillusioned. How so? 

DJ: I don’t want to give away the entire story but it does revolve around human trafficking. It wasn’t until a few years after those three days on the Zambezi River, that I finally sat down and began writing what would eventually become The Disillusioned. I didn’t tell a soul, not even my wife! I finished the first draft and sent it to executive writer/producer Judith McCreary of Criminal Minds, CSI, and Law and Order: SVU. She was gracious enough to read the book, with the caveat that if it was terrible that only the two of us would know it existed. When she called me back a week later she gave me the thumbs up and a year later the novel was published.

Claire: Your readers are certainly glad you talked to Ms. McCreary! You also have been involved in music, production and directing. That kept you busy. I understand you have directed episodes of The Restoration Road with Mitch Kruse. 

DJ: Yes, I was part of several indie record labels, and later worked at an entertainment company in Los Angeles, before branching out on my own to produce and direct. I’m currently in production on Season 16 of The Restoration Road with Mitch Kruse, as well as developing other projects for film/television.

Claire: I’ve watched The Restoration Road and a videocast with Mitch on his site, with a picture of two rows of classic cars in the background. Was Mitch an inspiration to The Auctioneer?

DJ: Mitch and I have been friends for nearly twenty years, beginning shortly after he sold his auction business. He is one of the greatest auctioneers of all time. With the many stories he’s shared over the years, he was definitely an inspiration to spark my crazy imagination.

Claire: It’s not cut from the same cloth, plot-wise as The Disillusioned and Waking Lazarus. You have some very colorful characters and a terrific twisty/turny plot.

DJ: I’m always working to become a better storyteller, and when Chase Hardeman emerged in my imagination I knew this series was going to be a departure from my first two novels. It’s a different world, more along the lines of Jason Bourne meets James Bond meets National Treasure with plenty of thrills, chills, and espionage. I also wanted to write characters that could go the distance, i.e. Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, Jason Bourne, so that the world would evolve with each novel.

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Claire: The Auctioneer is a fast-paced novel that grabs you in the first sentence until the last. That last line was killer so I must know, will there be a sequel?

DJ: I’m in the first draft stage working through the details of the plot and developing the characters so readers will go deeper into the world that began with The Auctioneer.  

Claire: Excellent news! For our writers, are you a planner, panster, or plantser? And any other tips for writers?

DJ: While I wish I could say I’m a planner, the reality is that once I sit down to write all the plans seem to disappear as the story comes alive on the page. So, I’d be more of a pantster. Storylines and characters evolve and take me along the adventure. Now, I will say that I do know how the story begins and ends before I write a single word. If not I’d be writing with no end in sight.

Claire: You went the independent route, right? 

DJ: Yes, I used resources from Reedsy where I found a great cover designer and publicist. With my past experience building businesses and entrepreneur DNA, I’ve found that it’s become the best outlet to get my stories to the world. Now, when the right time comes there may be an agent or a publisher who partners with me, but for now, I’m proud to be an indie. The Auctioneer launched in February 2019 and has quickly climbed the charts on Amazon Hot New Releases, ranking #21 (Espionage Thrillers), #22 (Vigilante Justice) and #30 (International Mystery & Crime).

Claire: You have a great imagination and ability to weave a tale, and your background is so varied, I definitely can see why your books shot to the top. I already purchased The Disillusioned and‘Waking Lazarus, so it looks like I’ll be emailing you for another interview. I can’t thank you enough for your time to see into your brain, and where you get your inspiration. 

DJ: This was fun, and I’m looking forward to hearing how you like The Disillusioned and Waking Lazarus.

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I had a great time interviewing DJ. Now, let me first tantalize you with a bit of The Auctioneer. 

Starting off, as a writer, DJ makes every word count in a well-written, tightly-packed action thriller. A great way to see action, dialogue and setting with the ability to bend rules. If you’re writing a thriller, crime fiction, underworld intrigue, grief, loss, betrayal, mystery, and a clean read, you’ll enjoy The Auctioneer. This novel’s difference is in how his main character overcomes not really understanding his father’s world to understanding it perfectly within the setting of priceless classic cars in underworld trading and solving a murder all at the same time. And, there’s a hint of romance. 

As a reader, The Auctioneer is a pure thrill ride. A young man takes on the mantle of his much-loved father. Chase Hardeman is the son of an ethically-challenged auctioneer and one-time politician. The ex-special ops soldier returns home after his father’s death, only to realize things were not bad. They were worse. Not simply his father’s shady business dealings, but things at home are about to take a turn. 

Within these pages, you’ll find a complex page-turner with twists you won’t see coming. Chase’s life is in constant danger because of the… oh wait. I hate spoiler alerts, so… that’s all about you get for now.

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For a link to ‘The Disillusioned’

And to ‘Waking Lazarus’

A portion of his work goes to the Wounded Warrior Project. You can read more about DJ Williams here: djwilliamsbooks.com

 

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