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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 18 July 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – HARRY WEGLEY – GIVEAWAY WINNER

 

CHAT THURSDAY – AUTHOR INTERVIEW – HARRY WEGLEY – GIVEAWAY WINNER

“A climate of suspense and a forecast of stormy weather.”

“I grew up in one America and I’m growing old in another. Nevertheless, these are my times—our times, the times God has appointed us to. In a very real sense, we were born for a time such as this. Neither nostalgic reflection on the past nor fearful focusing on the future are productive.”

 

WINNER! WINNER!

 

Congratulations to

TRACY URSCHLER

Harry will be in touch with you to send your gift!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

L. Wegley served as an Air Force Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life, he worked as a research scientist at a national lab, publishing in the scientific literature, then developed Boeing computing systems for twenty years before he and his wife retired near Seattle where they enjoy grandchildren, the rugged coast in the Olympic National Park and where he crafts his stories. He is an award-winning author of inspirational thrillers and high-action, romantic-suspense novels.

 

https://www.hlwegley.com       

https://www.amazon.com/H.-L.-Wegley/e/B00B1XMR56      

https://twitter.com/hlwegley       

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4460203.H_L_Wegley     

https://www.facebook.com/HLWegley      

https://www.facebook.com/harry.wegley.1   

 

 

“Ours is not a time for retreating, cloistering, or just holding down the fort. It’s a time to risk making our voices heard when it may not be safe to do so. But isn’t that what the prophets of God did in olden times? Some were mistreated, but we look back at what they did and call them people of honor. Isn’t that who we want to be?”

GIVEAWAY

Harry is offering an e-copy of Slanted, or a paperback copy to a US reader.

… but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:15

 

 

#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Author Interview, Harry Wegley, Giveaway Winner, #WINNER

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BLOGWORDS – Thursday 11 July 2019 – CHAT THURSDAY – MANLY MAN BLITZ AUTHOR INTERVIEW – HARRY WEGLEY

CHAT THURSDAY – MANLY MAN BLITZ AUTHOR INTERVIEW – HARRY WEGLEY

“A climate of suspense and a forecast of stormy weather.”

“I grew up in one America and I’m growing old in another. Nevertheless, these are my times—our times, the times God has appointed us to. In a very real sense, we were born for a time such as this. Neither nostalgic reflection on the past nor fearful focusing on the future are productive.”

 

Please join me in giving a feathered welcome to Harry Wegley.

 

FAST FAVES

Cookout—chicken or bratsI love brats, but I’ll go with chicken

Coke or Pepsi – Pepsi, ice-cold on a hot summer day

Dogs or Cats  – Dogs

Eggs or Pancakes – Both, preferably served together

Fishing or hunting – Fishing, especially in small mountain streams

Vacation: mountains or beach – Beach. No better place to be on a sunny day

 

rem:  Hullo, Harry, and welcome to my little nest. Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

HARRY:  My wife and I were both raised near Grants Pass in Southern Oregon, beautiful country full of rivers, lakes, mountains and, of course, the coast. After 7 years in the USAF, we landed at a national lab in Eastern Washington, then moved to the Seattle area where we’ve lived for 33 years and where we retired.

rem:  A part of the country I’ve not been to. I hear it’s quite breathtaking and beautiful. Tell us three random things about yourself no one knows.

HARRY:  1) I was a men’s fastpitch softball pitcher for many years. 2) I was a decent racquetball player until I broke my right wrist, hyperextended my right elbow and had rotator cuff surgery on my right arm. (rem: ouch!) My right arm feels great now, and has full motion, but it also feels like it belongs to some stranger. 3) My wife and I have known each other since we were three or four years old.

rem:  Love that about you and your wife. Do you have a favorite Bible verse? And why is it a favorite?

HARRY:  1 Peter 3:15  But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you.

I studied Christian Apologetics for about 10 years. This verse has provided guidance and perspective when I’m discussing Christianity with other people and when my characters are doing so in my stories.

rem:  Powerful verse. What is our testimony if we can’t “give an answer” when asked! What is your favorite quotation and why?

HARRY:  I have so many favorites that I can’t choose. So I’ll pick my favorite writing-related quotation. I like this one because it emphasizes the two things I must strive to accomplish with each story I write, communicate biblical truth and do it in an entertaining way so that people will read it.

A powerful story without a biblical worldview is a great escape to nowhere. A spiritual message without an entertaining story is a sermon, not a novel.”  — Randy Singer

rem:  Oh, I like that! What’s the most random thing in your car or on your desk?

HARRY:  For many years I’ve had an exercise device with a spring-resistance button for each finger of one hand. It’s used to build up finger strength for playing guitar. I used it to rehab my left hand after an accident.

rem:  Ya, I could use something like that right about now; RA is wreaking havoc in my body, especially my hands. (I have a smallish stress ball I use to exercise with.)  If you could spend an evening with a fictional character, who would it be and why?

HARRY:  One character that comes to mind is Atticus Finch. I have a lot of questions for him. One would be how much he knew about Boo Radley prior to the incident with Bob Ewell. Also, Atticus seemed to have a lot of wisdom and understanding, but he didn’t always explain things so his kids could understand them. What were his reasons for that?

 

rem:  Good character, great questions for him! What do you think is significant about Christian fiction?  How has being an author impacted your relationship with Christ?

HARRY:  Statements my readers have made remind me that my words are impacting their lives, often in ways I might not have predicted. The need to communicate biblical truth clearly and not lead my readers astray drives me deeper into the Word, into Jesus’ life and to the Spirit’s leading so that my writing does no harm and does only good.

rem:  That is truly the calling of every Christian writer!  When reading, what makes or breaks a story for you? Your fiction pet peeve?

HARRY:  I want heroes and heroines that I like, characters that I come to admire.

One thing that has caused me to put down books and turn off audio books is a story that runs down rabbit trails, details in the lives of the supporting characters. I don’t want to know everything about them, and I don’t usually want their POV. Just give me the main characters’ stories.

rem:  Clean, clear, and precise, then. What are you reading right now?

HARRY:  I’m reading a fascinating book by American Journalist, David Kupelian, The Snapping of the American Mind. It has a lot of info that will seep into my next book series.

rem:  So relevant in today’s climate! What do you munch on while you write?

HARRY:  Recently, I’ve discovered that mint has some medicinal properties that I need. So I keep a container of starburst mint candies handy.

 

rem:  Love me some mint! ‘specially if it’s cloaked in chocolate…  You have quite fascinating background—two roles in the USAF, research scientist, and computer science. How did these ‘roles’ ‘roll’ from one to the other? And which was your favorite, and why?

HARRY:  Initially, the Air Force trained me to be an intelligence analyst, then gave me the opportunity to go back to college to get a degree in Meteorology. The degree gave me the position of USAF Weather Officer. After seven years, we made the decision to return to civilian life and that degree and experience landed me a research scientist position at a national lab. There I found myself writing a lot of computer code to crunch numbers and produce graphics to show to our research sponsors, often Congressional Committees, to justify research funding. Using computers, ranging from small to supercomputers, had become such a large part of my work that I entered a master’s program in Computer Science to increase my knowledge and skills. With sheepskin in hand, I jumped ship to Boeing where I developed large computing systems for more than 20 years. In hindsight, I prefer the academic setting and slower pace of the national lab—where I had my own office, library, and computer terminals—to the cubicles of corporate America. Though I got to do cutting-edge, computer-science work at Boeing, I loved the challenge of the research lab, where I took a nebulous problem, one never before investigated or solved by man, and used all of my scientific theory, numerical analysis skills, and often computer simulation to answer a question that would benefit American society and industry.

rem:  The mind boggles!! LOL  Seriously, though, I find this fascinating. My dad was a computer programmer back in the day, and I used to go to work with him and play with the key punch. In the midst of your stories of intrigue and espionage, you have your memoir. Share your favorite anecdote from that book.

HARRY:  While riding on my motorcycle, my buddy, Colby, and I found nearly a case of old, wet dynamite at a deserted logging landing in the mountains. We packed the smoking mush into a large paper grocery bag, wedged it between us and rode home on my bike, never realizing how volatile the stuff was. It was a good thing we didn’t take a spill on the way home, or we would have become two missing boys. We used the dynamite to systematically blow up an old, abandoned car in the forest. On our first attempt, we packed a large milk carton full of the nitroglycerin-infused mush, pushed in a blasting cap and fuse, put it all on the engine block, and closed the hood of the car. We set it off and it took us a week to find the hood. It had landed a quarter mile away. Dynamite is a bit like that old hymn, Sweeter as the Years Go By.

rem:  OY to the HOLY VEY!!! That is one explosive anecdote! Tell us a little about your writing journey.

 

HARRY:  Writing always came easy to me, and I published in the scientific literature while working as a research scientist. As retirement approached, I began thinking I might try writing a novel, but I’d never written fiction before. So first, at my kids request, I wrote my memoir, my childhood adventure stories I had told my kids and Grandkids. It was such a fun project that I wrote my first novel, a Christian high-action romantic suspense story. I wrote most of it in a week, cold turkey, with no writing classes or writing craft books. When it was critiqued by a writing instructor, I realized the writing was terrible. It took several classes and 3 rewrites before that book won a contract after I pitched it at a Christian writers’ conference. That book turned into a contracted 4-book series. Then I struck out on my own, self-publishing. I’m starting on my 14th novel, my 10th self-published story.

rem:  That’s a great journey! I love how Father God takes the individual threads of our lives to create something totally new.  Where do you write: In a cave, a coffeehouse, or a cozy nook?

HARRY:  My favorite place to write is anywhere I can sit in the sun. Summer is my most productive writing time, 10 times more productive than in the gloomy Seattle winters. I’ve written nearly a million words while sitting on our deck in the sun.

rem:  Sounds like ya got some feline blood in your veins! What are your top 3 recommendations for a new writer? What 3 things would recommend not doing?

HARRY:  If you’re a novelist, study the craft of fiction before you write that first draft. Make sure you understand good story structure and why it resonates with the human heart. Study characterization, how to write characters your readers will love, identify with, and root for while they learn the lessons God will teach them over the course of the story. Join a critique group. Christian writing, like living the Christian life, is done in community.

Don’t start writing a complete novel until you have studied the craft as I previously mentioned. Don’t have high expectations for your very first first draft. And don’t be disappointed with the criticism you receive from the first critiques of your work. As a weatherman in the Air Force, I developed a thick skin that helped me immensely when manuscripts came back blood red with comments and corrections. So don’t be thin-skinned.

rem:  It’s certainly not an easy profession—but oh! so worth it! How do you choose your characters’ names?

HARRY:  If ethnicity is important, I go to the lists on the Internet and browse for a likely name then choose one I like. If it’s not important, I tend to choose names that I like and which bring to mind people I knew and liked. But for the villains, I must confess that I sometimes use thinly disguised names of people I didn’t much care for. Sure hope none of them are reading this post.

rem:  Harry, that’s awesome! LOL  Do you think of the entire story before you start writing?

HARRY:  I know most of the story before I start writing. But, most of all, I know my main characters—their strengths and weaknesses, the lies they believe about themselves, lies that hold them back from being the people they were meant to be. I know their personal histories, their dreams, fears, and deepest desires of their hearts. Until I know these things about my characters, I don’t have a story, I just have a lifeless plotline that’s nothing more than a history textbook.

rem:  Oh, I like that. I, too, write to my characters, taking dictation as it were, with them telling me what to write…  Tell us a little about your latest book? What is your current project?

HARRY:  My latest release is a story called Slanted. It’s a character-driven, romantic suspense story about a conspiracy by a big tech company to control American politics, elections, and the presidency in order to change the course of our nation away from its roots as a constitutional republic. (rem: um, this is fiction, right???)  It released a couple of weeks ago and has spent about a week on the Amazon best-seller list for Christian Mystery and Suspense.

My current project, still early in the research phase, is an epic drama about what could happen with the strong division in our nation. A second civil war wouldn’t be at all like 1861. (rem: no it surely wouldn’t)  The war would be fought on different battlefields—cyberspace, courtrooms, Congress, capitols, and it would have only limited military action. Secession would be informal and fragmented with no clear boundaries as there were between the North and South. In some cases, it would be neighbor against neighbor, county against the state, states against other states. Our national infrastructure would be fractured and unsustai—that’s probably enough to give you a flavor for the plot. The story brings several characters from my previous novels together to try to keep the American spirit alive and stitch the nation back together. It’s a great cast and, of course, a new hero and heroine will emerge who must learn the lessons the story has for them. This will be a multibook series.

rem:  I love when previous characters walk into a new story! What is YOUR favorite part about the book or why do you love this book? Why should we read it?

HARRY:  My favorite parts of Slanted are the snarky, snippy dialogue during phone conversations between the hero, Hunter, and heroine, AJ, who, by the way, don’t meet face-to-face for quite a while. Hunter is the guardian of eight-year-old Sam, who he hid when hired killers began chasing them. When he came back, Sam was gone, and a witness to the incident said a woman who might have been high sped off with Sam in her car. So when AJ calls Hunter to tell him she has Sam, it does not go well. (rem: OH MY!)

Why should anyone read this story? It’s an entertaining story that reveals what is actually happening to you as you use search engines on the Internet.

rem:  Snarky dialogue is some of my favorite dialogue. Please give us the first page of the book.

HARRY:

This interview might blow up in your face, dude.

Hunter Jones’s right foot tapped out a snappy rhythm on the floor of the studio while he tried to shove the vexing thought from his mind.

Radio host, Zach Tanner, fiddled with his headphones, twisted knobs, and moved sliders on an impressive looking mixing console. “Are you ready to do this, Hunter?”

Was it wise to introduce his research in a live radio interview—to state that the biggest search engine on the planet was run by some corrupt people trying to steal people’s autonomy and possibly an election? But surely there wouldn’t be any real danger from the interview.

Some bright boys from MIT ran the company he was about to implicate. They were not members of organized crime. No one would kill him for his accusations. Lawsuits and injunctions, on the other hand …

“Zach to Hunter. Where did you go? You ready, buddy?”

“I’m ready.” His voice wasn’t convincing, even to himself, and it drew a curious glance from Zach.

Hunter would be on the air live, albeit only to a local audience. And he did need to test the waters before he told the world about his research findings which could cause legal heck to break loose in the life of Hunter Jones.

Now he had Sam to consider. He couldn’t afford to spend weeks or even days in court when he was the only stabilizing force in Sam’s life. Eight-year-old Samantha had had enough changes in these four months following her mother’s death.

And her guardian, Hunter Jones, would not let the coming media storm or anything else upset Sam. If anyone attempted anything that hurt her in any way, Hunter would break their scrawny necks … in the figurative sense, of course, unless—

“We’re on in ten seconds.” Zach adjusted Hunter’s mic.

 

rem:  Well, of course, I must now have this book! What is one take-away from your book(s) that you hope readers identify with?

HARRY:  I hope Slanted convinces readers that every time they enter search terms in their browser and press enter, the query results are controlled by algorithms designed to steer them to conclusions that likely go against their deeply held beliefs. Besides outright censorship of unwanted voices, there are at least eight other methods employed to help a person think they are making up their own mind about issues but, in reality, are steering them to a predetermined conclusion. It’s not ethical, but no authority has yet made it illegal. So beware!

rem:  Nothing like a little “innocent” mind control, eh? Anything you’d like to add?

HARRY:  Thanks so much for hosting and interviewing me!

rem:  My pleasure, Harry. Thank you so much for chatting with us at my little nest today!

 

https://www.hlwegley.com       

https://www.amazon.com/H.-L.-Wegley/e/B00B1XMR56            

https://twitter.com/hlwegley       

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4460203.H_L_Wegley     

https://www.facebook.com/HLWegley      

https://www.facebook.com/harry.wegley.1   

 

GIVEAWAY

Harry is offering winner’s choice, a printed or Kindle version, of Slanted. (Sorry, print book to U.S. addresses only.)

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway will begin at 12:oo A.M. on Thursday 11 July and end at 12:oo A.M  on Thursday 18 July. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

RAFFLECOPTER

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“Ours is not a time for retreating, cloistering, or just holding down the fort. It’s a time to risk making our voices heard when it may not be safe to do so. But isn’t that what the prophets of God did in olden times? Some were mistreated, but we look back at what they did and call them people of honor. Isn’t that who we want to be?”

 

… but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” 1 Peter 3:15

 

 

#Blogwords, Chat Thursday, Manly Man Blitz Author Interview, Harry Wegley

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