Today I’m excited to welcome Glen Haggerty for an author spotlight. Read through to the end to find out how to enter the giveaway.
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.
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Author Interview Questions:
Where you got the idea for the book, character, or series (if applicable)
The idea for this mystery/suspense series can be traced back to a short story I wrote in 2007 called Way the River Runs, published in Partners Magazine. Like most of my books and short stories, Chase was initially just a picture in my mind. I was ruminating over the problem of drugs in our schools today, and a scene appeared where a lowlife drug-dealer meets with one of his runners. The incident then turned into a scene which expanded into a full-length novel. I already had my main character, thirteen-year-old Tyler Higgins, from two previous novels in my Intense Series. So I place myself into the mindset of this character, now changed by his previous adventures, and add the new characters. The story took off from there. Interestingly, I ended up cutting the original scene and reworking it into a different setting and another short story.
- What is your process of writing?
Once I have an image—the scene—I ruminate on the idea and see if I can build it into a story. I’m a plotter, and so followed James Scott Bell and his book, Plot and Structure, as a basic handbook (but also include methods from Randy Ingermanson, Nancy Kress, Camy Tang and many others). Using Bell’s “LOCK” acronym, I first expand on the lead character, with a short Bio, developing his motivation and a goal related to the original scene big enough to carry the story. Once I have a good story question and a good idea of the climax, I start to write, beginning with the first 2-3 chapters. Then I write a short synopsis and float the whole mess to a critique partner or two. I make changes based on their feedback and then build an outline following Ingermanson’s scene and sequel format all the way through to the end. This is the toughest part for me. Then I get back to writing story following the outline. But the funny thing is that as you write, the characters develop and demand changes to the plot based on who they are and how they would react. So the outline becomes this fluid document that evolves as I write.
As I write, I need a quiet, comfortable place with the phone turned off and no to-do lists. I often also exercise, especially when I’m stuck. I get some great ideas and insights as I ride my stationary bike. And prayer carries me through. I’m convinced that any good inspiration I find comes from the Great Creator. Definitely.
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About the book:
“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.
Erick Donaldson crept from tree to tree scanning the hushed forest for his prey. Three-foot ferns screened the ground on either side of the path, but on the dirt trail ahead, cloven-hoofed prints pressed deep into the soft black soil.
He stooped. Fresh. His quarry was close.
A smile tugged at the corners of his mouth. He’d ditched algebra that morning, but Mom’s grounding would be worth it—especially if he had a new antler rack mounted to his wall.
Through a break in the tall trees, wisps of vapor rose from the valley below, and the domed roof of an old barn poked above the early fall greenery. Erick narrowed his eyes. He’d never seen buildings out here in the state park, but he’d never roamed this far north either. The dim trail twisted downhill and disappeared toward the barn. He touched the hunting license in the cargo pocket of his fatigues and stole after his game.
At the valley floor, he pushed through the brush line and stepped into the clearing.
Mist swirled against the barn and decay ate away the corners. Broken and missing boards lined the structure like unraveling bandages on a gigantic mummy. Elm saplings crowded the ruin. Just an abandoned barn. And yet . . .
The hair on the back of his neck prickled.
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