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The Last Zealot

Nineteen-year-old Emma Maclay has always considered herself painfully boring. That is, until she became a dangerous fugitive.

On the 25th anniversary of a global massacre, Emma’s life is ripped into pieces. Her secret faith is discovered, her grandfather—and spiritual mentor—is murdered, and Emma finds herself thrust into the dangerous life of a religious zealot. Trusted by no one, hated by all.  Worse, she stumbles upon the sinister plot her grandfather died trying to prevent: her city’s leader has found a way to “cure” religion and eliminate Christianity for good. 

Confronted by miraculous events she can’t explain, Emma and her two companions must fight to save an indulgent city bent on self-destruction.

Additional Information You Want to Know

If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve already read my proposal, so I’ll try not to bore you with the same information.

On this page, we’ll focus on the “extras” you’re probably curious about, such as the book’s influences, character development, and central themes.

Book Influences

Inspirations

I first started writing speculative fiction after I stumbled across Gilbert Morris’s Seven Sleepers Series. If you’ve never heard of this series, I wouldn’t be surprised. Considering Mr. Morris’s usual genre, this series is quite out of his norm.

The series focuses on seven friends that were saved from a nuclear apocalypse by cryogenic sleep. Once they awaken, they discover that the world has completely changed. Strange creatures roam the earth, civilization is all but gone, and a mysterious darkness is attempting to corrupt the world. The series is fantasy, science-fiction, and inspirational all in rolled into one brilliant package.

Think Edgar Rice Burroughs meets C.S. Lewis!

This series sparked my passion for speculative fiction. Unfortunately, with the exception of C.S. Lewis and Frank Peretti, this series was also the only speculative fiction I could get my hands on.

So, I began to write my own.

This series, Frank Peretti’s Present Darkness books, Ted Dekker’s Circle Series, and C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, deeply influenced the development of The Peacemakers Series.

The Characters

While my book’s primary audience is female Christian millennials, I wanted to create characters that reach readers of varying spiritual walks.

Raene, the jaded sinner searching for love in all the wrong places, judged harshly by the church. Jordan, the passionate, yet rigid Christian, and Emma, the new believer too scared to stand up for her beliefs. I think we can all relate to these characters at some point in our lives.

Throughout The Last Zealot and The Peacemaker Series, these characters will evolve and grow significantly. This metamorphosis is actually a major component of the series.

These characters will grow throughout the series, transforming into courageous individuals that do heroic things for God. And ultimately, transformation is what I want to resonate with my readers.

Central Themes

My ultimate goal is to entertain my readers while subtly challenging them with the book’s underlying central themes. I love superheroes, action, and white-haired demon clones…but at the end of the day, I think the message behind this book makes it memorable.

Pursuit of Happiness

I’ve planted my reader in the middle of a broken world–a world not that different from our own–where the pursuit of happiness reigns supreme. 

The Last Zealot should subtly challenge my secular audiences to stop and think about what a world without right or wrong truly looks like. If this endless pursuit of acceptance can actually lead them to the peace they’ve been searching for.

Christians Should be Firm but Always Point to Jesus

The secular world is looking for a savior. It’s so obvious. They create their own saviors every day in mainstream media, The Avengers, Katniss Everdeen, June Osborne from the Handmaid’s Tale…

I believe that society’s love for dystopian themes is a statement to the current political and ecological climate. Likewise, I also believe that society’s obsession with heroes is a testament to how desperately the world is searching for one.

Christians have a savior. We have a hero. Our purpose is to love the lost and show them the hero they’ve been searching for.

As you read The Last Zealot, you’ll feel the brokenness of the Elysia and how desperate Elysians are for true happiness. At the climax of the book, Emma realizes that Elysians are truly sick and Jesus is the cure they’ve been searching for. Once she realizes this, she is able to use the gifts that God gave her to lead these people to Him.