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Friday, 4 March 2016

Writer H.L. Wegley On Reading

H.L., welcome to Writers On Reading! Your most recent series, Against
All Enemies, perfectly depicts your tagline—a climate of suspense and a forecast of stormy weather. I just love the way you blend your past accomplishments as a former Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer, into your writing. I’m eager to know what you find draws you as a reader? Do you find one theme more repeatedly snags your attention? Is there something special you seek when selecting your next reading adventure?

Action stories with high stakes always grab my attention. That’s pretty much the definition of a thriller. In addition, I like to see strong character development, maybe a little romance and, as for themes, anything patriotic wins a spot in my heart. As a vet and a grandson of immigrants who kissed American soil on Ellis Island, I pray that, as we go forward, the USA remains a nation I can continue to feel that way about.

Beautifully put! Who cannot agree? What was the most out-of-character book you’ve recently read, and what led to your choice?

I’m reading, but haven’t quite finished, Worth Her Weight by Janet K. Brown. This is a book primarily for women who struggle with their weight. However, men can learn some things about these women, too. Generally, if there are no weapons and no running for your life in the story, I won’t read the book. I made an exception, in this case, because J.K. Brown and I exchanged books. She’s a great writer and, if she hasn’t given up on me finishing her story, I will soon be saying that in my review.

How fun! I interviewed J.K. Brown just a few weeks ago. (Folks, you can find her interview here.) H.L., as a writer, you should know better, but as a reader, you know we all do it…so, when did you last “judge a book by the cover”? How did it work out?

Judging a book by its cover means, for me, “I don’t like the cover so
I’m not even going to pick up the book.” This works out pretty well because I haven’t found many bad books with great covers. There have been a few times where, regardless of the cover, I have read a book based on recommendations from people who knew me.

Having published multiple books in recent years do you find time to read during the months you spend writing or with deadlines ahead. Is it either/or for you? If so, what did you read while working on your last book? If not, what did you read when you finished this one?

When I’m intensively writing or editing, I like to keep the whole story—all the technical details, setting, plot, and character details—in my head until I’ve finished writing or editing. This is the best way I know of to prevent logical inconsistencies, plot holes, and dangling story threads, all of which drive me crazy. So, the answer to your question is it’s either/or for me. Which is frustrating for my wife. I know that because she sometimes pretends to be a character in my story just to get my attention.

Before beginning my current WIP, I read Charles Martin’s Water from my Heart, a great redemption story.

Okay, I’m still laughing over your comment on your wife. When I recover, I’ll ask if you were the kind of kid/teen who loved reading? Which novel do you first remember reading?

When I was growing up in the ’50s and early ’60s, we had the great outdoors to explore, neighborhood kids to play with, and sports. Most kids didn’t start reading novels until high school. But I started reading novel-length stories when I was about 9. At first, I read novels for boys—outdoor adventures and sports stories. I can’t remember the titles. But, when I discovered my best buddy’s dad had the whole Tarzan collection by Edgar Rice Burroughs, as well as the
whole Zane Grey collection, my buddy and I, using rainy winter days and lazy summer afternoons, read our way through those 100+ books in junior high and our first year of high school. I don’t remember the very first book I read, but my first Tarzan book was, of course, Tarzan of the Apes.

Delightful answer. I can just see you two. When did you know you wanted to write? Did any or multiple books influence this desire?

I’ve written since elementary school. Most of my adult life I’ve made a living by writing. However, the nature of what I write has changed several times. As a research scientist, I wrote research reports, scientific books, scientific papers, and professional journal articles. After earning an MS in Computer Science, I wrote computer system specifications, then computer code, over a million lines of that arcane stuff.

Only after retiring did I write a novel. I was hooked, immediately. It wasn’t any book I read that influenced me. It was more that authors get to create worlds from nothing, then populate those worlds with characters we also create. There’s something satisfying about that.

In the beginning, after each part of creation, God’s word says, “and God saw that it was good.” In other words, He created, then felt satisfaction. Maybe God wired us a bit like Himself. We create, whether it’s writing stories, creating art, or something else, and then we feel that satisfaction. I get mine through writing stories.

Again, HL, that is very nicely put. (I’m definitely more interested in your stories the more I get to know you!) Is there a book you are looking forward to rereading?

I seldom reread novels, but one I’ve read 3 times is John Grisham’s The Testament. Lately, my wife and I have both talked about rereading Grisham’s The Street Lawyer. Both are redemption stories.

I’m beginning to see a pattern here. In addition to thrillers, redemption stories, even if they don’t have a lot of action, are at the top of my favorites list, too.

If Brock Daniels (protagonist in Voice in the Wilderness) were to pick a book from today’s shelves, what do you think it would be?

At 24, Brock is already a rising star in Christian Apologetics. I suppose he would choose something like Why Suffering?: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn't Make Sense by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale.

Thanks so much for visiting, Harry, and letting us get to know you better as a reader. I know I greatly enjoyed this interview, and I hope everyone else does too! Folks, you may connect with Harry and discover more about his books at the following links.


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 Boeing computing systems for 20 years before retiring near Seattle with his wife of nearly 50 years where they enjoy their 7 grandchildren and small-group ministry. He is a multi-published author with a 4-book inspirational thriller series, a political thriller with romance, 2 nonfiction books, and 4 more novels on the way.


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