Today we have the privilege of visiting with Glenn Haggerty. Glenn has a passion both for adventure and great fiction for young people, which is a wonderful combination! So whether you’re feeling young or have youngsters to shop for, I think you’ll enjoy getting to know Glenn. But first, here’s a quick look at his new novel, Run.
Awkward newbie, Tyler Higgins, has to navigate the middle school friendship jungle. But how can he focus on friends when a mysterious plumber casing the neighborhood threatens his life?
While chasing the cool kids through the woods, he tumbles into a ruined house where a shadowy creeper emerges from the basement. Tyler escapes, but for how long? The gigantic ninja-like goon sniffs him out and threatens to carve him up—along with his family.
Tyler finally connects with a rich kid, but a showdown brews. The plumber has a secret and lots of stolen cash—and Tyler’s friend is locked in on the plumber’s hideout. Now Tyler must risk his life or lose his new friend—permanently.
Welcome, Glenn! Let’s start with five fast favorites:
Favorite color? SKY BLUE
Favorite season? SUMMER
Cats or dogs? OH! SO HARD TO CHOOSE
LOL! Sports or music? BOTH
Favorite movie? No contest: “WHAT ABOUT BOB”
Gotta love a good comedy! Tell us about Run. What inspired you to write this particular story?
Creepy old houses spark my imagination, but I also wanted to experience through an imaginary character a kid who despite failures, persevered and overcame through this difficult period of life.
The teenage years can certainly require perseverance. I admire your desire to encourage young people. What piece of advice would you offer to young aspiring authors?
First, count the cost. You have to be super persistent and yet teachable and you have to have thick skin because you’ll get a lot of criticism and rejection. Moreover, you probably aren’t going to make much money at it. Second, connect with other aspiring writers, get into critique groups, join writing organizations. Those were the two important things I did to develop as a creative writer.
That’s great advice! The holidays are upon us — what is your favorite holiday dessert? Would you be willing to share the recipe?
Molasses Cookies and yes I’d share 🙂
A tease! Didn’t your mother teach you not to be cruel? Teasing about cookies… Honestly! 😉 Can you give any hints about what you are working on now?
I finished Escape, the prequel, to Run, another heart pounder, that is set in Florida. Book #2, Chase, set back in the Appalachian foothills, is in the editor’s hands, and I’m about halfway finished with Book #3, Hyde, a story about modern day pirates, sunken treasure with lots of gold. The Intense Series, combines teen issues like friendship, bullying, drug abuse, parental divorce and first crushes with heart pounding adventure and suspense.
That sounds like something my boys would be all over. We’ll have to check them out! Can you share (briefly) about something you feel the Lord has been teaching you recently?
To love other people like Jesus loves. This may sound clichéd, but it feels anything but that to me. I struggle to think about others before myself, to ask first and always “Is there a way I can bless this person?” Only by God’s grace…
His love is so much bigger than our human love. I think loving others as He does is something we all have to work toward, in His strength! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us today, Glenn!
Let’s talk about this a bit more… What is one way we could show love like Jesus? Share your idea in the comments below!
Glenn is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), a graduate of Vision Loss Resources and Bethel Seminary, father of six and grandfather of six. He likes tandem biking and kayaking, and lives in Minneapolis with his wife and two youngest college age children. Glenn is also an award winning author who combines his love for teaching God’s word with his passion for writing exciting fiction. Run is his first novel.
You can connect with Glenn online:
Blog(Youth Book Reviews): http://www.christianbooksfortweensandteens.com/
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He’d just wanted to hang with the cool kids. And so he’d listened to Dustin, and now where was he?
Spying on parked cars in Lover’s Lane is way too dangerous. Especially when you see some creeps pulling out a dead body from the trunk, right before they spot you behind the trees.
If only he’d been smart enough to stick up for his friend Nathan instead of going with Dustin…
Glenn is offering to giveaway a paperback and an ecopy of Run. You may enter both giveaways, but you may NOT win both giveaways. (I will draw the winner for the paperback copy first, and if the same person is drawn as the winner for the ecopy, a new ecopy winner will be chosen.)