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Meet the face behind the pages

Jeff Mckenna resides in a peaceful Southern Utah town amidst the red rocks that make up National Parks like Zion and Arches. He loves mountain biking over the brightly colored sandstone that surrounds him, as well as new trails he finds when he goes on cross-country RV trips with his wife. Along with reading entertaining historical fiction novels, Jeff believes a great way to learn to love America is by exploring her beautiful landscape and visiting cities and states from sea to shining sea. 

Jeff's love for his country is what has fostered his love for writing. Uncovering America's history can be messy, but Jeff dives in with both hands to uncover what lies hidden in our nation's past. He loves to reveal forgotten heroes and help them come alive for young Americans as they race through the pages of his historical fiction novel, Saving Dr. Warren... "A True Patriot"


Jeff would love to hear about the American heroes you've discovered as you've dived into history! 


DAR Founders Medal Recipient 

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The Founders Medals were established in 1995, and is awarded to recognize citizens who have given unselfishly of their talents, time and themselves to their community, state or nation. In 2021 Jeff McKenna was nominated for the award by Utah's Color Country Chapter, and in December was awarded The Ellen Hardin Walworth Founders Medal for Patriotism from NSDAR. This medal honors an adult who has displayed outstanding patriotism in the promotion of our American ideals of  “God, Home, and Country” through faithful and meritorious service. Jeff has largely done this through his selfless dedication to instilling patriotism in young Americans, most notably in a literary and educational setting. 

Jeffery J. McKenna's Reading List




Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, 1943


Bunker Hill, by Janet Tinney, 2000


The Secret of Sarah Revere, by Ann Rinaldi, 1995


My Brother Sam is Dead, by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier, 1974




Dr. Joseph Warren Biographies


Dr. Joseph Warren – The Boston Tea Party, Bunker Hill, and the Birth of American Liberty, by Samuel A. Forman, 2012


Life and Times of Joseph Warren, by Richard Frothingham, 1865


Founding Martyr – The Life and Death of Dr. Joseph Warren, the American Revolution’s Lost Hero, by Christian Di Spigna, 2018


Joseph Warren – Physician, Politician, Patriot, by John Cary, 1964




History of Boston in 1770s


Rebel and Redcoats, by George F. Scheer and Hugh F. Rankin, 1957


In Their Own Words – Paul Revere, by George Sullivan, 1999


Bunker Hill – A City, A Siege, A Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick, 2013


Paul Revere and The World He Lived In, by Esther Forbes, 1942


Now We Are Enemies – The Story of Bunker Hill, by Thomas J. Fleming, 1960


1776, by David McCullough, 2005


Patriots – The Men Who Started the American Revolution, by A.J. Langguth, 1988


Igniting the American Revolution 1773-1775, by Derek W. Beck, 2015


The Battle of Bunker Hill, by Scott P. Waldman, 2003


Paul Revere and Freemasonry, by Edith J. Steblecki, 1985



September 11


No Day Shall Erase You – The Story of 9/11 as told at the National September 11 Memorial Museum, Michael R. Bloomberg and Alice M. Greenwald, 2016


The Survivor Tree: Inspired by a True Story, by Cheryl Somers Aubin, 2011

The Little Chapel That Stood, by A. B. Curtiss, 2003



World War II


With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, by Eugene Sledge, 1981


Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 – Commemorating 75 Years, Time Magazine – Special Edition, 2016


The Battle of Okinawa – The Blood and the Bomb, by George Feifer, 1992



The Adams Family


John Adams, by David McCullough, 2001


Adams National Historical Park – Quincy, Massachusetts, by Caroline Keinath, 2008


John Quincy Adams, by Harlow Giles Unger, 2012



Books on Writing


The Elements of Style, by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White, 1979


On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King, 2000

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