Welcome back, H L. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
For the past 2 or 3 years, I’ve felt led to write about issues in American society, culture, and government. Until God shows me he wants me writing something else, that's where I plan to focus. Writing about the erosion of our freedoms, especially religious freedom, and related issues, has allowed me to draw heavily on 10 years of self-study in Christian apologetics and Christian worldview. Writing novels is not how I originally planned to use my apologetical studies, but it seems to be where God is leading me.
I believe you’re putting it to good use. Tell us a little about your family.
My wife and I recently celebrated our 50th anniversary with a two-week vacation in Maui, hiking beaches, snorkeling with turtles—a well-deserved rest after selling our big house and downsizing to a townhouse half its size. We have three children, all grown and married, who have given us seven wonderful grandchildren. All of us live in the Northwest.
Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
My writing has cut deeply into my reading time. I find myself struggling to squeeze in time to read books to review for other authors and to read books from authors who write in my genre. My reading is mostly within the genres I write, thrillers and high-action romantic suspense.
What are you working on right now?
My current WIP, which I'm editing and polishing for submittal, is an espionage thriller with roots in the Cold War era and deadly tentacles reaching into the present, endangering an innocent young woman's life.
Sounds wonderful! What outside interests do you have?
My wife and I both love beach hiking. If we can’t make it to the beach, we walk the local trails where we live, near
Seattle. Whenever the forecast says sunny and
warm, we head for the outer Olympic Peninsula and hike the rugged shores of the
Pacific. And whenever we manage to save enough for travel, we head for Maui, where we snorkel and walk miles barefoot in the
sand. We’re also involved in small group ministry through our church.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
The primary settings for my stories usually are places I love and know well. For example, the Olympic Peninsula, Whistler, BC, Crooked River Ranch in Central Oregon, and Lake Chelan in
Washington. Sometimes, I set a scene at a particular location for
special effects, such as depicting irony. In book one of the series featured in
this post, I set a fierce battle scene near Steelhead
Falls on the Deschutes
River in Oregon
to contrast the ugliness of man's creation, war, with the beauty of God's
creation, . Steelhead
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
I would love to have the chance to tell Charles Darwin about the universe we've discovered inside the cell—something he was oblivious to—especially about the discoveries made since the invention of the electron microscope—RNA, DNA, and their encoding of physical specification. By
Darwin’s own admission, I believe what we
know today would cause him to abandon his faulty theory. I think he would look
in disbelief and horror when he hears how his theories have been forced upon
billions of people based upon the philosophical preferences of the
“intellectually elite” rather than on science and facts. As to why Darwin—maybe it’s just
wishful thinking that changing the past might change the present.
That might make a good novel. A Christian time traveler and Darwin. What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
I wish I had realized that I needed to learn the craft of writing fiction and about story structure, before I wrote my first novel. It would have spared me a lot of pain and frustration.
Unfortunately, most of us go through that. What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
Over the past year, which included selling our home of 31 years and moving, after I suffered a back injury on day 1 of the move, I've learned how truly blessed I am to have a beautiful, caring, unselfish, and courageous woman as my wife for the past 50 years. While I lay helpless in a zero-gravity chair, she almost single-handedly packed and moved us from a 3,500-sq-ft home to a 1,700-sq-ft townhouse. Young men, if you’re fortunate enough to find a slender, freckle-faced, heart-on-her-sleeve Irish girl who loves the Lord, marry her.
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
First, learn the craft. Second, determine what you're passionate about—often this is a God-given passion—and third, write about that.
Tell us about the featured book.
I'm featuring Chasing Freedom, book 3 in my Against All Enemies trilogy. Chasing Freedom is the prequel, but was written to be read last. It's the story of a young woman, an international scholar, whose family flees to the
US because of death threats from a
drug cartel. It's also the story of a disgraced Olympic decathlete who wants
his honor back, and who risks his life to give the young woman and her family a
chance at life and liberty as they battle both the drug cartel and an
immigration system that has lost sight of the intent of American asylum laws.
Please give us the first page of the book.
Why had Papa picked this rundown, isolated restaurant to rendezvous with her? The Sinaloa Cartel's personal vendetta against him had frightened them all, but
Redding, California, was a thousand driving miles from their home
Surely her family was safe here after fleeing to the U.S. from the border town.
Alejandra Santiago steered the compact car she’d rented in
Corvallis into the parking lot of the small restaurant on
the outskirts of Redding.
Above the mountains to the north, the top of Mount Shasta
glowed pink in the fading twilight of the sweltering July evening. What little
light remained revealed speckled white walls of a building in dire need of
In his brief phone call, asking if Allie could drive down from the university to see them, Papa had mentioned threats made in
Nogales against him and
some against her little brother, Benjamin. The cartel was good at intimidation
and threatening Benjamin would certainly accomplish that.
Allie, tell me again how this drug kills the germs.
As Benjamin's voice replayed in her mind, she pictured his large brown eyes expressing wonder at each new biological fact his sharp mind assimilated. But even her pharmacy program at
couldn’t supply enough medical facts to satisfy his ravenous appetite for
knowledge. Oregon State
She loved her family dearly, but Allie adored Benjamin. If the cartel tried to hurt him, she would shoot them all herself.
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Facebook author’s page: https://www.facebook.com/HLWegley
Many of my readers have friended me and use my FB profile page:
Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/harry.wegley.1
Thank you, H L, for sharing this book with us. I’m eagerly awaiting my copy.
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