About the Book
Book: Mojave Man
Author: J.W. Gilbert
Genre: Christian Fiction – Action/Adventure
Release Date: November, 2022
Mojave Man continues the adventure of Arcon Franklin as he seeks to escape the authorities demanding his containment. His rescuer, Elaina, flees with him to a survivalist compound that could end up being a trap. As a tenacious reporter edges closer to exposing Arcon, Jesus himself makes his desires known. Whether he likes it or not, Arcon’s foray into the outside world could be cut short. He may have to return to ArcPoint, whether they want him back or not.
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About the Author
John Gilbert Wozniak (JW Gilbert) grew up in an Oregon farm town. He retired in 2016 as an international data center cooling expert. Around the turn of the century, he began writing as a hobby. After years of expert guidance and a lot of editing, his ArcPoint trilogy is complete. His intent is to write books that are enjoyed by all ages—biblically accurate—with a touch of adventure, romance, and humor. JW has been married to his best friend Darlene since 1980. They are both retired and enjoy the hobby of creating lapidary jewelry. He is a member of Oregon Christian Writers, Mensa, ALLi, and the Tualatin Valley Gem Club.
More from JW
I became an avid fan of Christian fiction, especially after reading This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti. Working 12-hour night shifts as a data center technician, I had ample time on my hands. At one point I was devouring a book per night, but my favorite genre—action/adventure—was almost non-existent in Christian fiction. So, as is the case with many would-be authors, I decided to write the book I wanted to read. The setting? The future when Jesus is ruling the world, as told in Revelation chapter 20. My protagonist? Arcon, an adventurous young man from an isolated tribe of people. The premise? The people of ArcPoint don’t know that the outside world is safe and that Jesus has returned.
My first attempt at writing went well. I wrote my first draft in three weeks, edited it for six months, and landed a hybrid publisher with the final manuscript. The book garnered four- and five-star reviews, so I was pleased. (Not bad for someone who’d flunked English three times.) I was glad the reviews showed that the writing was good, but my readers were missing the message. I pulled it off the market.
For the past few years I’ve been honing my skills as a writer and reworking my ArcPoint story. There have been a few challenges. While researching, I found over a thousand verses in the Bible that sparked ideas for the time period I was writing about. Now the original book has become a trilogy, plus a prequel. However, traditional Christian publishers were not in the market for adventure stories, so I had to learn about self-publishing. And then, like a page right out of my prequel, the unexpected happened—a pandemic. I decided it would be best to put off publicizing until the entire trilogy was available. Now it is.
To see if the first book was ready to be self-published, I sent copies of Mojave Rift to Reader’s Favorite for professional reviews. It got five stars across the board. Then I entered Mojave Rift in their contest and won a silver medal. All the reviewers seemed to appreciate my inclusion of action, romance, and humor in a squeaky clean, fast-paced, futuristic novel.
I hope my ArcPoint series receives high scores from English teachers, but since I still don’t know a passive voice from a hole in the plot, we’ll see. Writing likable characters and adventure stories that run deep and inspire is something I enjoy. I’ve worked hard and it’s a thrill to get high audience scores.
BTW, did I mention the world-building for the isolated tribe in my story is set in America? Now that was a challenge.
Interview with the Author
- Which character did you connect to best in this book?
Arcon. Like him I used to swing from trees on a rope, and run across fallen logs. And at times I’ve struggled with doing what I felt God called me to do when others advised me it was wrong.
- Which part of the book was the most difficult to write?
Big Bear Lake Survivalist Camp. I had to figure out where to put it, how it was built, what people used it previously, who’s running it now, and how all that relates to Arcon and Elaina. Mountains of research for a small number of words in the book.
- What inspired this book?
Conflict. Those who read Mojave Rift loved it, but thought there needed to be more conflict. In this time period, Jesus is ruling earth, so conflict is limited. But I was able to create a fair amount in Mojave Man, I think.
- What is your vacation spot?
I’m a lapidary artist, and every year my wife and I get to teach a few dozen people how to find the beauty in God’s creation of rocks. Some are Christians I get to fellowship with, others atheists I share Christ with. It takes place in a remote area in the middle of Oregon with no internet or cell service.
- Describe your view as you’re sitting in your writing chair.
The ferns and hellebores lay flattened on the ground, victims of the drought—and an owner too busy to water them. But as the first fall rains drip off their leaves, they’re already rising from the dirt. They’ll soon be standing tall, partially covering the rugged rock wall beyond them, and no longer hiding the chipmunks that claim the area. Soon, the leaves will fall from the big leaf maple trees and reveal the numerous houses that are now hidden from view. For a few more weeks, I’ll enjoy the solitude.
- If you could have one book or piece of art or music on a deserted island, what would it be and why?
There are two answers to that. The wise choice would be the Bible. It’s large, and has a lot of stories that interest me. Plus, I will probably develop a hunger for the bread of life and living water. The practical answer might be the largest dictionary I could find. I’d read every page one at a time, then rip it out to make a fire.
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