Today Harry Wegley joins us. He is offering to give away either a printed copy or a Kindle version of Chasing Freedom. Please leave a comment below for a chance to win!
All About Harry
H. L. Wegley served as an Air Force Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life, he worked as a research scientist, publishing in the scientific literature, then developed large-scale computing systems for Boeing for 21 years before retiring near Seattle with his wife of 50 years. He is a multi-published author with a 4-book inspirational thriller series, a 3-book political thriller series, 2 nonfiction books, and several more novels on the way. You can count on his books having a climate of suspense and a forecast of stormy weather.
How to Connect with Harry
Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MAXJQWJ/
Web site: http://www.hlwegley.com
The Friday Five with Harry
- What inspired your latest story?
Immigration is a big issue in our nation, but there’s a side to it we don’t hear much about. There are good people, people who are already Americans at heart, who flee to the USA for asylum, but come from nations that our system seems to exclude. When these folks ask for asylum, they can be legally held in detention until they die. They can also be deported at any time. And the detention centers hold many dangers, especially for young women and girls. The statistics on sexual abuse in detention centers are horrifying.
While immigration is not the central issue in Chasing Freedom (book 3, Against All Enemies series), it does play an important role. Saying more about this issue would be a spoiler. But I might add this. My grandparents were immigrants who fled the Russian revolution after the Bolsheviks starved my great grandfather to death. After disembarking on Ellis Island, though she had lost a baby while crossing the Atlantic, my grandmother kissed American soil.
I have a special place in my heart for those who flee danger and come to our shores truly wanting to be Americans. May America always have a place for them.
- What is your writing process like?
All story tellers know that stories need to possess certain elements to capture human hearts and minds. I’m not a detailed plotter, but I want to make sure I tell a well-structured story, unlike what I did when writing my first 2 novels. So, when I have a good plot in mind, I start with a short outline of the plot. Then I select the characters that will populate that plot. I define them, compete with backstory, flaws, lies about themselves they must overcome, and their strengths. That usually takes about 5 pages of outline and notes. Anything more becomes too restrictive for me. From this point on, I’m a pantster.
- What advice would you give to your younger self?
The first thing I would tell my younger self is to start writing early and to learn the important concepts of the craft before writing my first novel.
Above all, I would tell myself to establish a strong foundation for my Christian worldview before writing any stories. In the Bible, God speaks to virtually every area of life. My advice would be to learn what He has to say, then carefully put it together into a cohesive whole, a solid worldview that one can defend. That worldview will guide a person’s writing and their life. It will uncomplicate the stickiest issues, showing what God thinks on the matter.
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received for writing?
I’ve heard this from several sources, so I don’t know who to attribute it to, but the best advice I’ve been given about my writing is to write about things you are passionate about. When we do that, we’re more likely to finish the research and the writing. We’ll stick to the task and see it through. But, most importantly, we will write with conviction. When we expose our heart to readers, we impact their hearts. No passion in the writer, no passion in the reader.
- What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Writers can experience life, vicariously, through their characters. As the author, you get to choose where you go, who you go with, and what you will do. Whether you are rich or poor, beautiful, handsome or plain, it makes no difference. The ground is even for us all at the blank page of an author’s notebook. That’s perhaps the best thing of all about being a writer.
About Chasing Freedom
How far would you be willing to go if you were chasing freedom?
When Allie Santiago, international scholar at Oregon State University, and her family are captured and labor trafficked by the same drug cartel that drove her father from Mexico, she learns the cartel thugs plan to sell her to human traffickers. Allie escapes, running a marathon through the mountains of Northern California, and collapses in the arms of Jeff Jacobs, a disgraced Olympic decathlete who wants to regain both his honor and his former glory. When Jeff’s actions engage the FBI and US Marshals to protect Allie and free her family from the cartel, a war breaks out in the mountains along the Oregon-California border.
Will Jeff’s efforts enable the two to survive and their budding relationship to grow? Not unless he can keep Allie and her family out of the black hole known as asylum detention. And the reward he now seeks for his efforts, Allie’s love, might evaporate like his dream of Olympic gold once Allie learns about Jeff’s scandalous past.
Chasing Freedom, a modern-day story of honor and courage, faith and love, and the importance of family.