Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Interview with Glenn Haggerty and #giveaway!!

Today we welcome Glenn Haggerty to my blog. Glenn is very graciously giving away one ebook copy (winner's choice of format) to one commenter. Please leave contact information!

Glad to have you stop by, Glenn. Tell us about the book:

In Chase, Tyler, a middle school newbie, watches helplessly as his friend, Jake, descends into drugs. With the help of a couple of classmates and encouraged by the local police, Tyler begins shadowing drug runners to rat out the methamphetamine dealer before his friend turns into a brain-dead druggie. But Tyler has underestimated the power and raw evil that is about to be unleashed against him. There are lots of twists and turns and character surprises as Tyler and his friends come face to face with organized evil. Faith and courage are tested to the max, and many lessons are learned regarding life and friendships.

How did your interest in writing originate?

I’ve always loved reading and would often find myself daydreaming about a book and then taking it on a tangent. But I never considered writing. I didn’t think I was good enough for that. And between family, my business and ministry I didn’t have the time—writing was out of the question. But Glaucoma changed all of that. Suddenly I had lots of time but had to figure things out—really find grace to navigate a new situation. I began telling stories to my children . . .

What does your writing process look like?

My story ideas usually start with a visualization of a scene in my head, often a dramatic moment. Then I try to imagine how the character would react. From there I often sketch the scene out further in my head, and if it feels right, I write it down. Then I just let it percolate in my brain for days—weeks—months. If it still feels like it could be a story, I then plot it out and draw up a character sketch not necessarily in that order.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

I’m not that up on Hollywood actors, especially child actors. But if pressed I could suggest Elijah Wood (as a child actor in Huckleberry Finn) for the Tyler character and maybe (Macaulay Culkin) for Will.

Who was your favorite character in Chase?

The protagonist, Tyler, is my favorite character. Although he has grown greatly since the first two books, I think he still embodies the contradictions of many 13-year-old boys. Wanting to be included, but willing to exclude, wanting to be the hero, but still cowed by fear. Idealistic, self-deprecating, tenacious and yet flirting with despair. In the end, he learns to apply faith, and God does some extraordinary things through him.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

My next book in the Intense series is tentatively titled, Hyde, which follows the theme of the first two books and once again also serves as the name of the main antagonist. It set in Florida where Tyler is vacationing with his cousins. Once again, they get caught up in a mysterious disappearance that has to do with modern-daypirates and treasure buried in plain sight. I’ve done some research on the Spanish gold fleet of Seventeen-fifteen and discovered some interesting possibilities.

Share your bio:

Glenn writes inspiring adventures with an edge. No matter how dark the day, finding hope to pursue the prize is the core of all his novels and studies. He is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), a graduate of Vision Loss Resources and Bethel Seminary, the father of six and grandfather of seven. Glenn likes tandem biking, kayaking, and daydreaming and lives in Minneapolis with his wife. He is also an award-winning author with short stories published in SplicketyHavokCadet Quest and PartnersChase, the third book in his Intense series was released on April 1, 2018.

Social Media 
You can visit Glenn at www.glennhaggerty.com, and reach him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GlennHaggertyAuthor, and on Twitter, @grhaggertyjr

Buying Links 
Barnes & Noble Nook, iBooks, Kobo and others https://books2read.com/u/3yZOW6

Back Cover Copy

      “There they are.” Chase’s voice rolled up the slope. Even hollering his voice sounded flat and lifeless like someone had drilled a hole in his body, and his soul had leaked out.

Drugs infiltrate Tyler Higgins’ middle school turning ordinary kids into brain dead druggies. When his friend is infected, Tyler decides to cut the small town drug flow by ratting out the dealer before it’s too late.

Shadowing drug runners is risky business. A bowhunter has already disappeared, and Tyler’s true adversary remains veiled. After his first spying mission misfires, Audrey, his classmate, volunteers to help, but Tyler can’t imagine where this mission will lead. Everything goes sideways, but he doggedly follows the twisting trails, risking his friendships and his own neck. In the end, he isn’t sure who he can trust or if he can rescue anyone—including himself.

Book 3 in the Intense Series, Chase continues the adventures of Tyler Higgins.


Marilyn R. said...

Glad to meet Gleen Haggerty with his interview. His stories sound perfect for suspense readers and hopefully teens are caught up in the story finding God's love. Thank you for sharing and the giveaway.

GlennHaggerty said...

This is a fun blog and it was great to be here. Thank you for your kind words. Glenn

Library Lady said...

Our Church Library readers are going to love this book.
Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
Janet Estridge.

lollipops said...

congratulations to Janet!

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