Thank you for being with us today, Harry!!
How long have you known you wanted to be an author?
Since the 1970s I’ve enjoyed writing and being an author. I published a lot in the scientific literature in the ‘70s, ‘80s, and some in the early ‘90s, but I never knew the joy of writing novels until my wife and I retired in 2008. After penning (actually penciling) my first novel in 2010, I knew.
Can you tell me a little bit about your latest book?
On the Pineapple Express, book 2 in the Pure Genius Series, is a high-action, romantic suspense story about a beautiful, brilliant young woman who, with the help of her fiancé, is willing to risk her life to save a group of girls from human traffickers.
When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?
Hopefully, there will be a couple of takeaways. First, if God calls us to do something, even though we must face our worst fears and possibly risk our lives, He will give us the courage and the strength to accomplish His purposes. His word tells us at least 400 times, “Do not be afraid.” Secondly, I wanted to paint a picture of the human-trafficking epidemic and the dangers to our children, but I wanted this to be a story that even early teens could read.
There is a third takeaway, aimed at readers who don’t know our Savior. It’s the message of redemption, presented in a very natural, non-preaching manner.
Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? A vacation spot, historical monument, overseas, etc?
One of the regions assigned to me when I co-authored the Wind-Energy Resource Atlas of the world was the U. S. Virgin Islands. I waded through reams of data, pictures, and topographical maps, but never did get a trip to the islands. I would love to snorkel with my wife through the coral gardens along shores of St. Croix.
If you could have dinner with 2 people, who would they be?
I hear there’s a big marriage supper coming someday, and Jesus will be there. I already have an invitation, so I’ll wait for that dinner with Him. There are a lot of questions I would like to ask some of the historical figures in the Bible. I’ll have eternity to visit with most of them. But there are some other people I’d like to talk to, people I may never see. For example, I would love to sit across the table from Charles Darwin and tell him about the cell and the universe inside it, a complex universe he was totally ignorant of when he proposed his theories. I want to hear him respond, see the lights come on, and watch him toss Origin of the Species in the trash can. I would like to have dinner with Karl Marx and show him what an attempt to implement his economic theories in the real world looks like … circa 1991 and the collapse of the old USSR. Maybe the lights would come on for him too.
What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?
Genesis 1:1 part b, “… God created the heaven and the earth.” I’m sure I’d be struck dumb with awe, but to see it happen would incredible. It would also settle a lot of arguments among scholars of all stripes. J
Do you have a favorite hobby?
Not too long ago, I was really into racquetball, softball, and playing guitar. But, after a hand injury and shoulder surgery, I’m more into reading, a little photography, hiking beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, and snorkeling Maui whenever my wife and I can save up enough pennies for the trip.
Is there something about you most people wouldn't know?
I had a lot more fun growing up than most people know. More fun than I should have had. My best friend and I could write a book titled, The 101 Most Fun and Exciting Things to Do with Potassium Nitrate. We made smoke bombs, fire bombs, rocket fuel, and some really cool fake meteorites. We also made a diving suit in which my buddy nearly drowned. But that project didn’t require using potassium nitrate, only a little ignorance and a lot of foolishness.
Do you have any suggestions for the aspiring writer?
The power of story is incredible. Jesus, the Master Storyteller and the inventor of story, knew that. So, learn to tell stories. That means learning the craft of plotting and writing them. Read writing craft books. Study novels and stories in the Bible. You’ll never master it all, but when you’ve learned enough about the craft of writing stories, your words will impact people’s lives.
Any last thoughts for your readers?
If you think you might enjoy On the Pineapple Express, you’re sure to enjoy the sequel, Moon over Maalaea Bay, set entirely in Maui.
And how can they connect with you?
Web site: HLWegley.com
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/H.-L.-Wegley/e/B00B1XMR56
Blog: The Weather Scribe
Pelican Book Group: On the Pineapple Express
Amazon: On the Pineapple Express
Thanks so much for being a guest here today!
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