Martha Williamson is the creator of Touched By an Angel and Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Touched by an Angel was on from 1994 to 2003. Since I was in high school and college during that time I only caught a few episodes every once in awhile. The show was really good and the type of show you could let your whole family watch. Touched by an Angel had wonderful Christian values and showed people the love and power of God. Signed, Sealed, Delivered came out pretty recently and I fell in love with the show from episode one. Getting a chance to teleconference with Martha Williamson, thanks to the Tampa Bay Bloggers and Grace Hill Media was such a pleasure. She has an amazing love for God and for sharing God’s message to the broken world.
Interview with Martha Williamson
I was able to ask the first question after she was brought on the line. I was nervous, but since I am such a fan of the show I had to ask if there were going to be more movies of Signed, Sealed, Delivered. For me it seemed like a lot of the story lines were being resolved and I was scared it was the end. Martha Williamson assured me it is not the end and she is currently working on the next movie. She said when you are doing a series you know when the next season is, when doing a movie you never know when there are more coming. They wanted to deal with the Holly issue especially since the fans asked for it to be resolved. Martha said she has written more, just finished filming the second one, and just started work on a third. Hallmark is very open for more.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love dealt with issues like divorce, and Martha wants to continue to push the envelope with topics like Afghanistan and other tough topics. It is important to write respectively of these tough issues and our faith. Her desire is to have a show that supports faith based family conversations about the issues that are current in our lives. These topics are not as overtly being addressed as they were in Touched by An Angel.
Another blogger asked Martha what message she was trying to convey with Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love. Martha explained that with Touch by an Angel peoples’ lives were changed by physical appearances of angels or by the direct Word of God because when you have angels you don’t have to believe because you see. Blessed are those who believe without seeing and this is the challenge now in the post 9/11 world. The attraction for this show for Martha was how to live a life of faith. You can see with the character Oliver O’Toole that he doesn’t shake people up can grab them by their collar and say do you repent. Shane, who is not the strongest Christian, is learning from Oliver how to live a life of faith. Martha said. “What Shane sees of Jesus at this point, is what she sees in Oliver”.
Another blogger asked are there any characters in the show that are similar to real people in your life? Martha said, “Absolutely”! Martha went on to share that one of the first shows she worked on was Facts of Life. They used to joke around on set that each girl was one part of a typical teenager. Martha, laughed, “In the same way, the 4 Postables are 4 different versions of Martha”. She feels as naive as Rita, has focus issues like Norman, kind of producer like Shane, and longs for the good ole’ days like Oliver. Oliver was also based on Martha’s father who was born in 1901, who was a deeply faithful Christian. He sang Great is Thy Faithfulness every morning and had such great mannerisms even though he went through a painful divorce. He was hurt by the church because of it and was even denied entrance into a choir. Oliver, even though his wife left him and ran away to Paris for 2 years, was willing to take her back because it is the right thing to do. He also trusted that if it didn’t work out, God knew what he was doing. Martha said, “It is harder write a script like this, than it is to have an angel to share the news. You don’t need the thunderbolts. What you need now is to encourage people to live the life they are called to live as reflected as a person of faith”. Martha also bought up that before Touched by An Angel, Christians on TV were portrayed very stereo-typically and were never just shown as Christians trying to live out their life to the best of their ability.
Another person on the call asked what motivated her to create the series Signed, Sealed, Delivered? Martha first says, “God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called”. God leads and she followed. Then she delves into the story behind the show and I personally love this story. Martha explains that a couple years after Touched by An Angel was over that she found some old fan mail. Stories about how the show changed their lives and lives that were saved. She realized her show really did make a difference. Even though these letters arrived “late” they really arrived on time. ***Light bulb moment*** The creation of the Dead Letter Office and Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
The last question of the call asked about age appropriateness of the shows. Martha Williamson explained that all of her shows can be viewed by any age. She had promised her children that. One time started working on something that wasn’t so nice and her children reminded her of her promise and she left the project.
I learned so much about Martha Williamson in this amazing interview. It is something I will always remember.
Now for an amazing giveaway I am allowed to give. I received 2 vintage TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL greeting cards. I am going to give them to one lucky person. Here’s the official description from Martha’s team: “The beautiful CD greeting cards are part of a limited edition greeting with rare images of the Touched By An Angel cast that each contain a CD single of a song that was featured in an episode of the beloved series. They were originally sold for $5.99 each and can no longer be purchased anywhere.”
Giveaway ends 6/24/15 and 11:59pm. US only and 18+. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to winning email, before another winner is chosen. Good luck!