Take a break from the heat of summer and pour yourself a glass of something cold to drink while we learn about another author. Today we have the pleasure of welcoming H. L. Wegley to our author spotlight.
Welcome, H. L.. How did you develop a love of story?
I started reading full-length novels when I was about nine, mostly classical stories such as Kidnapped and Treasure Island. But I also read sports novels for boys. As early teenagers, my best buddy and I devoured his dad's entire collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs novels and his complete set of Zane Grey books. After that, I was hooked on adventure and action stories. Now, that's what I write, action-packed thrillers, often with a bit of romance.
After I matured and became a Christian, I began to realize the power of story. Jesus communicated important messages to his followers through stories, messages that changed their lives. And, as C. S. Lewis noted, fiction can be used to convey important theological truths to people who might otherwise never think about such issues.
Great reminder. Jesus definitely had a way with story. Where do you get ideas?
Many of my ideas come from my military and civilian work experiences which include intelligence analysis, nuclear weapon systems support, military air operations support, research in atmospheric physics, weather forecasting, and the design and development of large-scale computing systems. Reading the right news sources is invaluable—DOD news, information technology news, Middle-Eastern newspapers, as well as the headlines from selected news networks. If one is careful, even conspiracy theory websites can give a writer great ideas, but one must not accept conspiracy theory logic. After stating the facts, they ask strange, leading questions which will cause one to draw invalid conclusions.
Sounds like some thorough research. Where did you get the inspiration for your latest book?
As I watched our nation sinking morally, and in many other ways, and saw the danger of an executive branch and the judiciary being complicit in the president’s acquisition of far too much power, I asked the question, “What if a president made plans to remain in office, indefinitely?” That immediately led to another question, “How might a president do that and how might such a scenario play out?”
After much research, I concluded that, in the nation’s present state, it would not be difficult for a person without moral restraint to take over America. Remaining in control of the nation is another matter. But, what if a young patriotic man and woman discovered a president's tyrannical plans and the young man, a blogger with a huge following, decided to stop this president? Then, at a writers’ conference, Susan May Warren, showed me how I might splice the romance between the young man and woman into this thriller plot. After that, I was off and running and the plot for Voice in the Wilderness was born. My latest release, Voice of Freedom, book 2 in the Against All Enemies series, completes the story of the president’s power play in America and follows the same story pattern for a thriller with romance.
You can hear more about my inspiration for this three-book series from my interview on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQVz7iTaqhs
Quite intriguing. You have my interest perked. How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing?
As I mentioned earlier, I had learned the power of story from reading the Bible, especially from reading the stories Jesus told to teach his disciples. Realizing how writing can impact people, I knew that I must decide what my philosophy of writing was going to be—what I would include and what I would exclude. As I wrote my first novel, I codified my philosophy of writing as a Christian. In a nutshell—don't place words or images in readers’ minds that teach the wrong things or include things that God would not approve. Therefore, my readers won't find profanity—though some characters use it, I write around the words—no graphic violence—people get killed there are no flying body parts or splattering blood—no graphic sex—if it occurs, it's a married couple, offstage with the bedroom door closed.
On the positive side, I try to work in parts of the Christian worldview so readers who have uncritically assimilated beliefs from our culture or the educational system can see the coherence of the Christian worldview and the incoherence of most other beliefs.
Your readers know what they can expect from you then. Do you have a favorite scene in your newest release?
My newest release, Voice of Freedom, has a scene where an old pilot for a skydiving club is going to drop my hero into the middle of what might be a small-scale war. Their banter, as the two vets quickly form a male bond, is my favorite scene in the book. I know, it's a guy thing. While women will enjoy the humor, it probably won't be their favorite scene in the book. Women will probably prefer the scene.
Banter is always fun. :) I think those tend to be some of my favorite scenes too, especially if humor is involved. What do you plan to work on next?
I'm already working on an espionage thriller that captures the intrigue and excitement of the Cold War thrillers in a contemporary setting. It's been fun to research. It has also been a reminder that the Cold War is reheating under Putin's provocations.
You are keeping busy. :) How about a fun question. If you are traveling to a deserted island for a month, what two items would you take along?
I'd take my Bible and a big, sharp, locking pocket knife. With those two items I could probably get anything else I might need—food, weapons for hunting or defense, shelter, and guidance for everything I might need to do.
You'll definitely be prepared. Where can readers connect with you?
Web site: http://www.hlwegley.com/
Facebook author’s page: https://www.facebook.com/HLWegley
Facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/harry.wegley.1
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