by Lela Markham
Chaos changes everything!
Shane Delaney, a burned-out mercenary with a troubled past, returns home to small-town Kansas to heal his scars and quiet his demons, not planning to stay long enough for the townsfolk to reject who he has become. He never expected the town to need his deadlier skills.
When a terrorist attack on distant cities abruptly transforms life as they knew it, the people of Emmaus must forge their own disaster plan to survive.
“The first thing I noticed about this novel was the crushing human emotion that captivated me at the onset.”
“A very unusual read. I enjoy dystopian books a lot, and Lela Markham’s take on the apocalypse did not disappoint.”
“I finish this and I sit stunned by the realness of it all, of how this could actually come to pass, though I pray it never does. Markham weaves both brilliant storytelling and faith in her works and that is a combination that works phenomenally well for me.”
CIR: What inspired this book?
MARKHAM: The modern world we live in is fast becoming a scary place where it is believable that a terrorist attack could have widespread consequences. I wanted to explore what sort of transformative effect that might have on the nation as we know it and depict ordinary people picking up the pieces left by the elites’ folly.
CIR: Who is your favorite character and why?
MARKHAM: Jacob Delaney, the 95-year-old grandfather in the series, is my favorite character because he is spry, practical, wise, faithful, and a market anarchist. If a book series can be said to have a soul, Jacob embodies it.
CIR: What did you enjoy most about writing this?
MARKHAM: I always enjoy when characters become real and start to build a story of their own and allow me to record their experiences. I know those are the story lines that will touch readers most deeply.
CIR: Is there more coming?
MARKHAM: Yes, Transformation Project is a series, and I can’t really say how many installments there will be because I set an ending and then the characters kept revealing their stories to me. I’ll have to decide whether to end it as originally intended and live with (to me) an unfinished story, or continue it for as long as the characters keep going. The next book in the series – Objects in View – comes out in Autumn 2016.