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Area author's novel, ideas inspire ABC series that comes to life Sunday

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The inspiration behind the new series "Resurrection" is all thanks to a local author. Jason Mott penned the novel "The Returned" and published it last September. Now it's inspired the new ABC show that premiers Sunday night on WWAY.

"The notion of a loved one possibly returning is something that's visceral in of itself," "Resurrection" star Omar Epps said. "Imagine having a second shot of having that relationship in your life."

The actor discussed his role as an immigration agent in the ABC series set to premiere Sunday at 9 p.m.

"People's loved ones who have passed away have suddenly begun returning," Mott explained during a visit to "Good Morning Carolina" Friday. "It centers on this couple, who are in their 70s, and they go to their door, and their eight-year-old son, who drowned almost 50 years ago on his eighth birthday, is at their door still eight years old just as he was."

Mott said he is thrilled with Epps and the rest of the cast bringing his characters to life thanks to Brad Pitt's production company.

"I saw the pilot," Mott said. "It's very well done, and I'm sure the rest of the episodes are as well, so I'm hoping people come to the show and come to the book and just enjoy the idea."

His idea is one critics call wondrous and unforgettable. It's no wonder he's already putting his talent for good ideas to use as he writes his next novel. You can keep in touch with Mott's progress on that book, which is yet to be titled, by checking out his website JasonMottAuthor.com.

Mott grew up in southeastern North Carolina and still calls the area home. He also has degrees from UNCW.

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I Can't WAIT

. . . to see it! The promos look awesome!