Temperatures have taken a dip where I live, which gives me a good excuse to pick up a book and read. As if I ever need an excuse to read. LOL.
Today, I'd like to welcome H. L. Wegley. How did you develop a 'love of story’?
Everyone in my extended family read novels. In addition, my best buddy's father had the entire Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan collection and all 67 Zane Grey western novels. My buddy and I had devoured his father's library by our early teens. If following Tarzan through the jungle or galloping pell-mell through the desert to escape outlaws can't get a young boy interested in stories, my guess is nothing can.
Sounds like a great way to get started in reading. :) How does your faith and spirituality work in with your writing?
I spent 10 years studying Christian apologetics. Consequently, several protagonists in my 9 novels are apologists. And, as CS Lewis said, you can smuggle in a lot of theology using fiction. Also, my protagonists’ wounds require spiritual growth to heal. I portray this as an integral part of the story, avoiding preachiness.
I understand your stories have a strong romance thread woven through them. Where do you get ideas?
I served in the military as an intelligence analyst working with NSA and as a Wing Weather Officer supporting the Strategic Air Command. In civilian life, I worked as a research scientist in atmospheric physics, then developed large-scale computing systems for Boeing. My work gave me ample fodder for writing thrillers.
That is quite a lot of experience to draw from. Where did you get the inspiration for your latest book?
As a vet and a patriotic American, my heart aches for America as it becomes increasingly polarized between diametrically opposed worldviews, while stress fractures weaken the safety mechanisms designed by our founding fathers. My military experience taught me what it would take for a president to stage a successful coup. I thought that would be startling enough to wake some Americans, so I used that scenario for a political thriller series. My latest release, Chasing Freedom, completes that story.
I'm intrigued. :) What qualities do you look for in a hero and heroine?
Flawed people whom God is maturing, people with strong hearts who are willing to die for what is right and for the people they love.
Sounds like the making of a great story. Where can readers connect with you?
I'm on Twitter @hlwegley and on Facebook as H L Wegley (my author name) and Harry Wegley (my profile name). My author website and blog are at hlwegley.com.
I pray the Lord richly blesses your writing, Harry.