Friday, April 13, 2018

Glenn Haggerty - Adventures with an Edge


Patricia Bradley here with exciting YA Suspense writer Glenn Haggerty and his new release, Chase. Glenn is going to give away a print copy of Chase to one US commenter or an e-copy if outside the Continental US.

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 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 Splickety, Havok, Cadet Quest, and Partners. Chase, the third book in his Intense series was released on April 1, 2018.

If you had to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say?
I am a deeply flawed human being, yet made in God’s image, beloved and redeemed by God’s grace.

What do you do when you’re not writing? Any interesting hobbies?
I enjoy reading great fiction and historical non-fiction—surprise! And lest that sound too much like the groundwork for writing, I also love long walks with my wife and sharing faith issues over hot coffee with friends. My affinity with tandem bicycling is in my bio, but I also LOVE body surfing in just about any ocean I can get to.

Body surfing? That's right up my alley, Glenn! What was your favorite book as a teen or child?
Call of the Wild by Jack London

Tell us three things about yourself that might surprise your readers.
As a kid, I sometimes fantasized that I was a talking mountain lion that went around doing good—sort of an animal superhero. Maybe influenced by Jack London’s dog characters “Buck” and “White Fang.” I was a nerd, a jock, then a nerd again, and I think we’re going to play football in heaven.

A talking mountain lion...no wonder you write fiction! What genre did you start out writing? Have you changed course? Why or why not?I started writing historical fiction when I had no idea what I was doing. I changed to contemporary action adventure/mystery/suspense for students because I felt there was a need there and sensed God’s leading to do what I could.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
Being told I had poor character development, an implausible plot, and questionable style and subject matter for the CBA market.

You kept me up until 2:30 AM reading your Book! I couldn’t put it down. I’m still waiting for the compliment along the lines of “you gave me hope.”

Any other genres you’d like to try? If yes, what and why?Well, I would like to get back to historical fiction eventually. The Great Awakening and the pioneer push into the American wilderness of that day fascinate me. I think my interest in apologetics could also be woven into that vein. I am also interested in non-fiction and have a companion Bible study planned for release this summer.

If you could go back in time and do something differently at the start of your career, what would it be?

That’s a tough question. I stumbled into many of the right things a fledgling writer needs—by God’s grace. Great connections with other talented writers, good education opportunities, and I began writing and publishing short stories in magazines. I’m just in a tough market segment.

What is the most important thing you’d like readers to take away from your books?
Hope. I want readers to come away with the hope that they too can connect and prosper through whatever troubles they are encountering in their particular stages of life.

What is the most valuable piece of advice you’d like to give to unpublished authors?
Writing fiction is a big job to tackle. You might try writing a short story first, say 1000 to 1500 words. I began my writing career that way, and it gave me insight as to how massive writing a book can be. It also opened the door to learning the craft of creative writing which is different from other types of writing. And ultimately, short stories provided writing credits when they were published in several magazines.


Back cover copy:
Chase, Intense Book 3

“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. You can purchase Chase at AmazonBarnes & Noble Nook, iBooks, Kobo.

Jack is giving away a copy of Chase to someone who comments on the blog. Comment question: What kind of superhero did you pretend to be as a kid?

23 comments:

  1. I don't remember pretending to be a superhero as a kid, but my son used to pretend to be Spider-Man constantly when he was little. He would pretend to shoot the web out from his wrists and try to scale walls and everything! I'm going to check out your books for my grandson who is an avid reader, and my Spider-Man's son!

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    1. Aw, Linda, I love it when little ones get caught up in being superheroes! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. none

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  3. Wanting to be a super hero must be deeply ingrained in the male psyche!

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  4. The only super hero I remember from childhood was Popeye, if you would call him that. Never really imagined being one. But my grandson is a Spider-man sort of guy! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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    1. I think all kids want to be Spiderman! Thanks for stopping by Sonja.

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  5. Book looks very exciting! Would love to read it. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

    faithdcreech at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Faith. I plan to read Glenn's book and review it on my website...

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  6. Glenn, my 15 year old daughter would idolize you! She has been writing stories since she was 5, (before that she dictated and I wrote) suspence fiction is her style, and boy does she love to act! She is a girl of deep faith, and hopes to study apologetics in college. I would really love to surprise her with this book. florencebarkman at gmail dot com.

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    1. Yay! We have an up and coming writer!! Keep encouraging that thread in her life, Florence. :-)

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    2. Thank you! It makes me so happy that she loves stories and writing, and that she is a girl of faith and that she likes apologetics. I deeply admire Josh and now Sean McDowell, Lee Stroble, William Lane Craig, Paul Copan and so many others. Apologetics is also a love of mine! We just finished watching Jesus Revealed a 9 part documentary that was fascinating. My best to you both!

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  7. No super hero when I was a youngster many moons ago.

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    1. I wonder if The Lone Ranger would be considered a super hero, Ann? He was another of my favorites.

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  8. My mom is my hero.. She had went through a lot...passed away at age 52 was in my 20 when she passed...I am now 65.. ��

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    1. That's awesome that your mom is your hero, Wilma.

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  9. I was enthralled by Wonder Woman, the TV show, maybe because Lynda had such a great figure I envied.

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    1. Oh, yes, Gail, she did have that great figure. :-)

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  10. Cyclops from X-Men. Yup.
    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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  11. I never pretended to be a super hero. I was a teacher, secretary or travel agent. lol

    arletta(DOT)boulton(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Love that, Arletta! And which did you grow up to be?

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