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Write to the Point with H.L. Wegley May 7, 2014

Filed under: Author Interviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 10:38 am
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AuthorPicture_HLWToday we get write to the point with author H.L. Wegley. I interviewed H.L. a while back, you can read his first interview here.  Read through to the end, he has a giveaway for you.

Tell us about your newest book.
My newest release is On the Pineapple Express, a thriller, with a little romance, about a beautiful, young NSA research scientist who accidentally intercepts a cell call on her research equipment. The call gives her clues about a group of girls who are soon to be sold to international human traffickers and smuggled out of the country. With time running out before the sale of the girls, insufficient information to engage the authorities, and a 100-year storm bearing down on them, my heroine, Jennifer, and her fiancé, Lee, attempt to find the traffickers’ holding location. This soon raises a question in Jennifer’s mind, will she survive to see her wedding day or what the traffickers have planned for her … its antithesis?
The sequel, Moon over Maalaea Bay, set entirely in Maui, releases June 13.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
My wife and I have led a weekly, small-group Bible study for more than 20 years. We both love hiking the rugged Olympic Peninsula beaches, when it’s not raining. We also love snorkeling Maui and are currently saving our pennies for another trip to the Islands. I read a lot and listen toperf5.500x8.500.indd music. I used to participate in several competitive sports, but after breaking a wrist, hyperextending an elbow, and having rotator-cuff surgery, all on my right arm, I’ve retired, content to have a rehabbed arm that has full motion and doesn’t hurt anymore.
Where do you get your ideas?
My ideas have come from a combination of my work experience and the news. I subscribe to several newsletters on the internet that provide information you won’t see much about in the network news, but it’s great fodder for thrillers.
Do you outline or are you a seat-of-the-pants writer?
My preference is to have a little structure to what I do, but not too much. Consequently, I construct my plot minimally, just enough to make sure I have the proper plot points, and then I capture that plot in a very simple outline. The outline serves as my roadmap as I write, but I’m not averse to taking alternate routes along the way. Sometimes I write out my outline as a sequence of scene cards. In the past I’ve used 5X7” cards, but will probably use Scrivener in the future.
Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published?
Yes. I have a complete, professionally edited manuscript that has had 3 rejections. It’s a good story, borrowed from the life of someone I knew. I’m thinking about self-publishing it before it gets technologically dated.

Are you like any of the characters in your book?
My first novel turned into a 4-book series. This was my first foray into fiction, and I was worried about creating realistic characters. Since the hero would be around for 3 or 4 books, the solution to my concern was to give him a shortened version of my resume, my childhood experiences, and most of my interests. This worked pretty well until my wife recognized me in the story and read about my hero kissing the heroine, a beautiful, young, Japanese-Hawaiian lady. That raised her eyebrows and a few questions. It still does. Now I get in trouble for everything my heroes do, even the ones who aren’t so much like me. 
Are you working on a new project now?
Currently I’m polishing a high-action, romantic suspense story, The Janus Journals, and writing book proposals for it that 4 agents have requested. This is my best writing yet, and I have high hopes for it. Of course, we all think that with each new story … until the rejections start coming in 😦

Anything you would like to add?
I would like to emphasize a couple of things about On the Pineapple Express. First, the subject matter could lead to R-rated scenes. I avoided them, making this a book your teenage daughters can read. Secondly, there are a couple of takeaways for the reader. If we trust God and are willing to follow Him, even in the face of fear and danger, He will provide the courage and power to accomplish His purposes through us. Then, for readers who do not know our Savior, there is another message that is presented simply and without preaching, the message of redemption.

Thanks so much for sharing with my readers again. It is great to hear what you are up to and how God is working in your life.

Readers, leave a comment for H.L. by May 13th at 5:00 pm to be entered to win his book.


16 Responses to “Write to the Point with H.L. Wegley”

  1. Karen Spiegel Says:

    Wow, this author sounds like a real winner. I would love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

  2. delialatham Says:

    What a wonderful, fun interview! Harry, your answer to “Are you like any of the characters in your book?” made me laugh. Priceless! And On the Pineapple Express sounds amazing. I look forward to reading it.

    • Harry Wegley Says:

      Delia, Maybe you can laugh about it, but, after 4 years, my wife is still jealous of Jennifer, and now she calls me by my latest male character’s name. Maybe I should put her in my next book, make her kiss some dude who chews and never wipes his chin. Then the next time I tell her, “Honey, it’s just fiction,” she’ll want to believe it a little more than she seems to now. 🙂

      • Harry Wegley Says:

        Thought I should add this — my wife has a good sense of humor. I knew this wouldn’t offend her, but showed he anyway. She couldn’t stop laughing.

  3. H L Wegley Says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Karen! Sometimes, when struggling to market a new book, I feel like anything but a winner.

  4. lib1lady Says:

    My husband and I went to Hawaii several years ago. We didn’t ride “On the Pineapple Express” but did ride the shuttle to a Hawaii Luau. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

    • Harry Wegley Says:

      You don’t want to fly along the Pineapple Express either. It’s a jet stream segment flowing from near the Hawaiian Islands up to the Pacific Northwest — a river of saturated air that dumps its moisture on everyone in Washington and Oregon. If you fly along it, you’re in for a wild, bumpy ride that is made even worse if you’re bucking it, flying toward the Islands.

  5. Harry Wegley Says:

    Have any of you ever written yourself into a story and had unintended consequences?

  6. Terri W Says:

    Great interview! Love that you used your experiences in your four book series. Hope you find a great home for the Janus Journals.

    Thanks for the chance to win an autographed copy of the pineapple express.

  7. I’ve seen several great reviews of this book and can’t wait to read it, Harry!

  8. Harry Wegley Says:

    Thanks, Terri and Misty!
    There’s an fun interview with the hero of this story up today on Janet Sketchley’s Tenacity blog. Now, I don’t mean to steer you away from Melissa’s blog, and there’s no giveaway over on Tenacity, but there is a whole lot of info about the book, it’s characters, and the story world — some in the interview and more in a set of links provided. If you’re interested, you can check it out at:

  9. Getting old-er isn’t for sissies, is it Harry. Can certainly sympathize with your arm troubles. Enjoyed getting to know you better. Don’t enter me in the contest since I already have a copy–it’s on my short list of my tbr table!

    • Harry Wegley Says:

      Pat, Yes, aging’s not for sissies. But my arm works and doesn’t hurt, However, it ain’t gonna’ throw 90+ fastballs anymore .. except in the stories I tell my grandkids. 🙂
      Hope you enjoy Pineapple Express. I was just sitting here with my Kindle reading the first few chapters of Moon over Maalaea Bay, book 3 in the series. The writing is much stronger if I do say so myself. Maybe the 3rd time really is the charm.

  10. zillah Says:

    I’d like to enter for the competition. It sounds like the kind of book I’d like to write – suspense, romance and I guess some detective work involved.

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