T.J. has loved science fiction or sci fi since he first discovered it as a child. A compulsive reader, writer, and day dreamer, in school his teachers would constantly have to reign his mind in to do his school work. Much like the child in the Calvin and Hobbs cartoons, he dreamed of being somewhere else on some grand adventure. Many times this included visiting other worlds with Spock and Captain Kirk or defending Battlestar Galactica in a Colonial Viper or X-wing using the Force as part of the Rebel Alliance. Even though he couldn't complete these missions outside his mind, he could share them on paper. Even so much as to write an entire episode of Battlestar Galactica (though he never attempted to submit his idea). It is logical to say that part of this book stems from his childhood. Mix these movies and television shows with classic books and poetry of Poe, Hawthorne, Alcott, Longfellow, and the Hardy Boys Mysteries and you get a small grasp of his mindset.
After three years of research and writing, and ten years (on and off) of re-writing, here is a possible answer in the form of the book Strong Delusion.