T.J. McKenna lives in Colorado with his wife, three kids and a belligerent rabbit. He feels Puzzle Master is a natural step following his non-fiction work The Constitution at Your Dinner Table because like the Constitution, The Bible is a book that was meant to be read and enjoyed by everyone. It’s his sincere hope that through fiction his readers will be encouraged to pick up and read God’s Word.
What is your writing process?
First is the idea, they usually just hit me as funny thoughts or when two very different ideas or perspectives run into each other.
Writing itself tends to be a disorganized process with minimal outlining. That means I do a lot of revision but is also much more fun when elements of a book suddenly mesh in ways that I didn't see at first. So if there is something in one of my books where you say "I did not see that coming", it may be that I didn't either.
What do you read for pleasure?
I'm an eclectic reader. I enjoy light but data driven non-fiction in areas as wide as finance, science and law (think books like "The Millionaire Next Door' or "The Invisible Gorilla".
In fiction I like spy novels, fantasy (The "Lord of the Rings" never goes out of style), Christian Speculative, and Dystopian.
Cephas has traveled through time twice, but once again, time is running out. Armed with a new bio-toxin similar to the one that killed three billion people in the Final Holy War, The Corps is determined to wipe out anyone who refuses to accept their false utopia. To solve the puzzle, Cephas must find the missing pieces - which are scattered through his past, present, and future.
Declaring himself a Christian after the Traveler's Initiative was easy for Cephas, but living as a Christian is another matter. It's not even clear if 'Four' is his liberator - or his captor. Even Martha seems ready to condemn him for his past life as The Cult Hunter. Not knowing who to trust, Cephas struggles to put his life in Christ's hands and follow Christ’s command to him - “Feed my sheep.”
In 2202 A.D. the world has risen from the ashes of “The Final Holy War” to create a seemingly perfect, Atheistic society. Eighteen year old “Cult Hunter” Cephas Paulson has spent his young life chasing the few remaining Christians but when he’s sent on a high-stakes mission to end Christianity once and for all he finds that Final Holy War wasn’t as final as it appeared.