Saturday, February 18, 2006

How I Met Robert Whitlow

945186: The ListThe List

By Robert Whitlow / Thomas Nelson / W

As a struggling young attorney fresh out of law school, Renny Jacobson is pining for the day he can afford the luxuries of the partners in his Charlotte firm. And with news of his father's death and a secret inheritance, Renny's life is sure to change forever. But the clandestine society that provides the inheritance soon threatens to change him in more ways than one. Renny's life--and the life of the woman he loves--depend on supernatural deliverance from the curse of The List.

I heard an interview last week on Family Radio 90.5FM by Jim Stevens with Robert Whitlow (go to for an audio of the interview). Having read all six of Whitlow's novels, and being a book reviewer, I was pleased to know that a movie was being made of The List. The film is in pre-production, even now as I'm typing, not far from my town of Wilmington, NC.

I e-mailed Mr. Whitlow to express my congratulations to him and inquired about additional filming. So far, they've filmed a lot at Orton Plantation. He e-mailed me back and said they would be at Fort Jackson today doing some open filming of a Civil War battle re-enactment being held there. So I pack up my coat and umbrella and headed down there today.

After an hour or two of meandering the rolling hills of the Fort grounds, I finally spied a group gathered in the old ruins of an Anglican church there, and stepped in to find Mr. Whitlow and his entourage, and Gary Wheeler, producer of the film having a meeting of sorts about the movie. Then they had a wonderful prayer time, submitting every detail to the Father's control.

After the crowd disbursed, I got one of the group to call over Mr. Whitlow for me so I could shake his hand. He was so kind, and remembered my e-mail, too. I'm quite an introvert, so I didn't inundate him with questions, but at least I did meet him. I plan on tagging along next week with a friend of mine who does hair and makeup for productions here in Wilmington while she's on the set of The List. If this happens, I'll be sure to add an update.

Look for the movie (limited release) the end of this year or early 2007.
Also, visit Mr. Whitlow's cool website, and buy one of his fantastic legal thrillers!

(Photos-Above: Robert and friends talk just outside the Anglican church ruins - he's got on a yellow cap. Below: Crew filming the battle re-enactment.)


  1. Very cool, Karri.

    I just finished reading JIMMY the other day. I e-mailed Mr. Whitlow to congratulate him on being the first male author to reduce me to a sobbing wreck. In a good way. :-) Jimmy has a very emotional ending.

  2. KC, that's very cool. I got to spend about an hour on the phone with Robert for his Novel Journey interview. The man is so humble and funny. He was by far the funnest interview I've done to date. I can't wait to meet him in person.

    Thanks for sharing that.

  3. Hi Karri,

    I'm new to blogging and just discovered your site. I'm not a writer but I love to read Christian Fiction. Robert Whitlow is one of my favorite authors and I'm excited to hear about his upcoming movie. My sister in-law lives in Wilmington. I'll be sure to tell her about the filming. My favorite book by Robert Whitlow is The Trial. I'll check back with your site soon.