About the Book
Book: Lost in the System
Author: Nancy Jo Wilson
Genre: Christian Science Fiction
Release date: September 7, 2021
Jaded, 24th century grifter Smullian O’Toole has been sentenced to 1000 days of Life Modification Therapy. All is well until the glitch.
Smullian enjoys serving his prison term. Other than the daily upchucking, Life Modification Therapy is the sweetest sentence 24th century Earth offers. The system biotransposes his essence into a different 21st century person daily, whereas his body stays in the future. The therapy rehabilitates felons by teaching them the value of honest labor. On day 777, Smullian hears a disembodied voice utter, “Father to the Fatherless.” Thus, begins the mother of all system glitches that shatters Life Mod rules and regulations.
Instead of following the usual program, the system thrusts Smullian into the case of David Hawthorne, a missing teenaged orphan. The case cuts a little too close to home for the grifter, who has been on his own since he was twelve. As Smullian bounces from host to host, he realizes the glitch shows purpose and design. Someone, maybe the Father to the Fatherless, controls the situation, not the technicians at Life Mod. This someone peels back the façade Smullian has placed between himself and the world. Against his will, he begins to care about the kid and his older sister, Lydia. Each new host forces him to confront his own inner demons—as well as pointing him to David.
What initially seems the clear-cut case of a runaway—grows more ominous with every clue. Smullian knows he’s not the hero type. But he’s all David has.
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About the Author
Nancy Jo Wilson wrote her first short story in second grade and continued writing throughout childhood. In high school, she wrote for the teen section of the local newspaper and received a writing scholarship from the state of Tennessee. After high school, she moved on to the college of her dreams—Florida State University. The dean who spoke at the college orientation encouraged students to major in what challenged them, not what came easily. So, she pursued science, majoring in Biology Education, as well as Theater electives. She came to regret the decision, because her first love was always the written word.
She returned to writing in her mid-thirties. Through mystery shopping reviews and online writing challenges, she sharpened her skills. Many times, she earned the distinction of editor’s choice on Faithwriters.com. She published a few articles, but mainly focused on her blog, six5mom.com. She wrote her first book Escape the Amoz, for her oldest son and published it through Kindle Direct. It won second place for science fiction in the 2009 Do it Write! competition. Lost in the System, her current book hit stores in fall 2021.
Now, she balances ministry, writing, and homeschooling. A Jacksonville, FL native, Nancy currently resides in Thomaston, GA with her husband, younger son, dog, and three cats.
More from Nancy
Street signs often inspire my character names. Not kidding. Drive through downtown Jacksonville, and you’ll see many of the names from my first novel spelled out on those green rectangles. When I drove past Smullian Trail, a handsome, charming, fast-talking character popped into my head. I immediately thought, “He’s mischievous.”
Before long, I wondered what would happen if Smullian, who has no knowledge of Christianity, meets the holy God. What obstacles would Smullian have to overcome? How do you explain to someone who views love as a transaction that God is love? Lost in the System tackles the tough questions unbelievers ask about Christianity but wraps the heavy content in a fuzzy blanket of sarcasm and tongue-in-cheek humor. Science fiction may be the core of this story, but mystery, romance, and redemption fill it out.
I hope you enjoy this story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
- What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
That Bunco, the beloved dice game played by womens’ groups everywhere, started as a con artist scheme.
- How do you overcome writer’s block? Do you have any advice for others in finding their process to overcome it?
Change it up. If you write on the computer, write long hand. If you sit, use a standing desk. If you read mystery, read a romance. Do whatever you can to jumpstart your brain’s neural pathways.
- How did you come up with the title for your book?
The working title was Life Modification, but I wanted to choose a something that indicated the crisis involved in Smullian’s situation. So, I switched to System Glitch. However, that title didn’t allude the spiritual side of the story. Somehow, I came up with Lost in the System. The word lost refers to Smullian and David literally being lost, but also Smullian’s spiritual emptiness while creating urgency and hinting at computer issues.
- What is the most valuable piece of advice you’ve been given about writing?
Keep moving forward. Because finding time to write was hard for me, I’d end up in this cycle of rewriting and editing that stalled my progress. Another writer reminded me that editing can happen later. Instead, I should focus on putting fresh words on the page every time I sit down to write. I don’t think I would have finished the book without that advice.
- Do you participate in writing challenges on social media? Why or why not?
Due to circumstances that are unimportant here, I had a writing hiatus for over a decade. When I returned to writing, I needed to review and hone my skills. So, I did participate in challenges on a faith-based website. The comments from judges improved my work, and the mental exercise was invaluable. Now between blogging and my novels, I don’t have time to participate. If I did have spare time, I would enter them. Your writing only improves if you are writing! Challenges provide fresh ideas to keep you moving forward.
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