Showing posts with label research. Show all posts
Showing posts with label research. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Research on Guthrie, Oklahoma

It's Weird Wednesday again, and guess what? I find I need to take a trip north. Someone told me that Guthrie, Oklahoma had a ghost tour. My antenna went up.

Research takes a lot of an author's time. Even if we mostly avoid writing historical novels, like me, we can't avoid research. Even writing fiction requires research. What if someone reads your novel that knows all about that profession, or hobby, or setting? If it's inaccurate, that reader would close the book.

I wrote a YA ghost story, Victoria and the Ghost, that highlighted a real Texas ghost town, Clara. Soon, the sequel to that story, A Ghost for Shelley, will release. This book will tell about the ghost legend at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, which used to be the courthouse. It's in McKinney, Texas just north of Dallas. I began Weird Wednesday in anticipation of the new book.

So, I'm offering real ghost legends here on Wednesdays.

I researched Guthrie online and learned the following things:

1. Guthrie offers ghost tours throughout most of the year (weather permitting) every Friday and Saturday evenings.
2. Guthrie is 22 miles north of Oklahoma City just off I-35.
3. Guthrie came to be in one day.
     (Check - weird, yes, must investigate this)
4. Guests on the tour visit 6 -8 historic places.

Find Guthrie on Facebook at

Yep, I figure Guthrie, Oklahoma is about 3 hours from me, so when the weather warms up (please, Lord, soon) I intend to go on a research trip. Who knows? A new ghost story might be on my horizon.

How about you? Anyone ever been to Guthrie?
Have you ever taken a ghost tour anywhere?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Author Interview with Harry Wegley

Christmas is coming. Books make wonderful presents. Just a friendly reminder. I try to help followers of this "Writing with God's Hope" blog to choose books wisely. On Dec. 10, I'll post my list of recommendations.

I've been blessed to have many super authors as guests the last few weeks. Today, I wish to introduce you to thriller/suspense author, Harry Wegley. I've read books by him and found them fascinating and thought-provoking. I asked him several questions so that you, and I, might get better acquainted with him as a person. So, here we go ...

 1. Harry, tell us a little about your writing journey.

As a research scientist, I suppose you could say I wrote professionally for several years. But my writing fiction began in the USAF when my wife and I were too broke to do much of anything. I got her hooked on Zane Grey books and, while she read, I wrote some short stories. They were awful – 3 paragraphs of telling and 2 lines of dialogue. Fast forward 40 years – I wrote my first novel in 2010, Hide and Seek, and writing that story was more than fun. It was fulfilling and exhilarating. But reality slapped my face when I had it critiqued and had to rewrite it. I attended some conferences, took classes, had it critiqued again, and rewrote it a second time. 18 months after the first draft, Hide and Seek won a contract. I now have a series of 4 contracted books and am finishing my 8th novel.


2. Congratulations. That's an inspiring story. Did you ever feel like giving up?  And how did you press through this?

I’ve never felt like giving up on writing, but I nearly gave up on publishing Hide and Seek. I went on to a second novel, On the Pineapple Express. The draft weighed in at 105K words. I submitted it and got a bite, but the acquisitions editor wanted it reduced to more like 65K words. I almost gave up on this story too, because of the effort to retell a shorter story, but that’s when I got the contract for Hide and Seek. For me, giving up on writing was never the issue, but giving up on a story has been an issue several times.

3. How did you come upon the title for your latest release?

My wife and I were joking about my heroine being a triple threat, beauty, brains, and brawn, the 3 B’s. Then I mentioned the 3 attack vectors used by terrorists in my story, cyber warfare, biological warfare, and forest fires.  My wife latched onto Triple Threat and it stuck.


4. How do you feel this book will help readers?

In a society that has become pluralistic over the past 60 years, we have probably all discovered that it’s much harder to defend our Christian worldview against attacks out in the marketplace of ideas than it is to sit back in our fortresses—our churches and friends— and take long-range pot shots at someone else’s beliefs. It’s intimidating to think about preparing to give a reason for our faith to anyone who asks, but that’s exactly what our Lord asks us to do. I tried to show some good ways of doing this, in the spirit of 1 Peter 3:15, through my heroine, Katie Brandt. Over the course of the story, she refutes nearly every major objection to the Christian faith. Though she has an IQ of 180+, we can all use the simple facts and approaches she uses to defend her faith, approaches that look for the underlying questions and needs residing in the hearts of our audience.


5. Any other writing-related careers that we will find on your resume?

In your first question, I mentioned that I worked as a research scientist. I researched a variety of problems in atmospheric physics, everything from diffusion of effluents from nuclear power plants to wind energy. If you google H L Wegley, you’ll see several references to me in the scientific literature related to siting wind turbines.


6. If your life resembled a song, what would that song be?

I think it would be a funny, lighthearted, country song that, I believe, BJ Thomas sang, Help Me Make It to My Rocking Chair. It expresses what we all need in our spouses, and it does so in a humorous but, in my case, fairly accurate manner. After 48 years of marriage, I found someone to help me make it to my rocking chair and, at this point in our lives, that chair is sitting right in front of us. Please don’t try to find any great spiritual message in this answer. You probably won’t. But if you’re interested in this musical masterpiece, here’s a link to the lyrics and the song:


 7. Anything more you'd like to add? 

Thank you for hosting me, Janet. If anyone has weather-related questions, especially for your writing, please feel free to contact me for weather stats, realistic scenarios, storm info, etc.. You can message Harry Wegley on Facebook. I have been known to do custom forecasts for people, upon request, but only if they promise not to sue. J


 8. How can readers find you?

Here are a few of my web links:

Author Web site:


H. L. Wegley has been a USAF Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer, performed weather research, and published in the scientific literature. After earning an advanced Computer-Science degree, he developed computing systems for 20+ years, then retired to write. He has a contracted 4-book, Christian, thriller/suspense series with Pelican Book Group. The 4th book released in November 2014. He’s currently finishing his 8th novel.


Brilliant, beautiful, 21-year-old Katie Brandt, PhD candidate and woman of faith, detects a deadly conspiracy. Suspecting it's only the tip of an iceberg, she dives in, pulling fellow grad student, Joshua West, with her into a high-risk investigation of a cyber-terrorist plot. Damaged by the foster-care system, Katie takes huge risks to win acceptance and love. But when she risks Josh’s life, an agnostic, who isn’t prepared to die, she fears her mistake might have eternal consequences for Josh, a mistake that could break Katie's heart, a heart rapidly falling for Josh.

Will Katie and Josh survive the investigation? If they do, can they ever span the chasm of divergent worldviews that separates them? How can they awaken a dozing nation to a three-pronged danger that threatens its very existence?

Triple Threat, an adventure that spans the Pacific Northwest from the shores of the Olympic Peninsula to the mountains of Whistler, BC, a conspiracy you might read in tomorrow's paper, but pray you never will.


Triple Threat purchase links:


Barnes & Noble:

Pelican Book Group:

Sounds like a winner, Harry. Can't wait to take another ride with Katie. She's quite a heroine, the kind we'd all like to be. 

 I enjoyed getting acquainted with you. Who knew we had our very own weather expert. We may be calling on you.  Anyone have a comment or question now? Click on post a comment below.