From the Author
How did you come up with the title?
It comes from Thomas Jefferson's letter to William Smith, in which he argues that Americans must keep the spirit of resistance as a check upon tyranny. All governments tend toward greater control and less freedom. He called for armed resistance as the best guard against it. How long have you been writing?
Since I was ten years old. What authors have inspired you?
C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Stephen King, among others. I'm drawn to dark stories that pit good against evil in breathtaking, apocalyptic ways. For this series, I especially drew inspiration from Dostoyevski's Crime and Punishment
, Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged
, Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here
, and Pat Frank's Alas Babylon
. Where did you get the idea for the novel?
I've always wondered what happened to America. I knew something had gone wrong. Our country wasn't anything like what it had once been. Did something drive us from the vision of the Founding Fathers? And what would happen if we continue down this path? In the last few elections I saw how divided we were as a country. How long the fabric of our civilization will hold together? What will happen when it finally tears apart? Jefferson's Road is my prediction about all this. Who is your favorite character?
The characters are all based on "types" - bits and pieces of people I've known, and they are all very real to me. Peter is the hero, or perhaps the anti-hero, of the novel, but Martin has the best lines. Jerry is a lovable doofus who gets caught up in all this, and for that reason is all the more tragic. Grant plays the role of villain, but despite his lies, he is the most true to who he is. There's an air of mystery about him. You never quite know whether or not he's going to shoot someone. Do you want the President assassinated?
God no. I think that'd be an utter disaster for this country. But I do think that if change back to the Constitution doesn't come by the ballot, it will come by the bullet. Will freedom-loving Americans really allow us to become a socialist state or a Marxist dystopia? Someone will do something rash, and it'll all explode or, more likely, implode.
About the Author
Michael J. Scott is a Christ-following husband, father, preacher, teacher, poet, playwright, and writer. He is the author of the Jefferson's Road
, The Coppersmith
, Eye of Darkness
, Spilled Milk
, as well as the Christian action-adventure Jonathan Munro Adventures: The Lost Scrolls
and The Elixir of Life
He enjoys writing, reading, discussing politics, philosophy and religion, teaching, singing, martial arts, "Freestyle Kendo," acting, cooking, and shooting pool. He currently lives with his family near Rochester, New York. Online at MichaelJScottBooks.com