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Being a teenager isn’t easy — and finding fun yet wholesome books for them to read can be challenging! I am happy to have Glenn Haggerty back with us today to share his newest novel, Chase. Glenn has a passion for younger readers and creating great reading options for them. Before we visit, let’s take a quick look at Chase.
“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.
Welcome back, Glenn! Do you have a favorite character from this story? Why is this character your favorite?
Of course, 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, wanting to be the hero, but still cowed by fear. Naïve and self-deprecating, he is also stubborn and tenacious. He struggles to figure out another complex facet of friendship even as he struggles to figure out where girls fit, if they fit, into his life. In the end, he learns to apply faith, and God does some extraordinary things through him.
Thirteen is a tough age, but he sounds like a strong kid. Who is your favorite secondary character in this latest novel, and do you think you’ll include that character in a future story?
Matt Colter is a practical joker, a year older but much more mature physically. He is the bad boy with a caring heart who ends up coming to the rescue in a way and also makes some significant character developments. He was a favorite in Run, Intense Book 2, and so I think he will make his way onto the pages of another book or so in this series.
There is something about watching those tough kids work through their own issues… Can you give any hints about what you’re working on now?
I write for middle grade and teenaged students because I want to provide serious entertainment from the Christian worldview. It’s tough being a tween or teen today, there’s so much bad stuff in our culture, and secular entertainment often offers only despair. I write to give kids hope that they too can make it through this difficult period of life.
So my next book in the Intense series is tentatively titled, Hyde, which follows the theme of the first three books and once again also serves as the name of the main antagonist. This is a fun adventure set in Boca Raton Florida which is, by the way, my first non-fictitious setting. I’ve researched the Spanish Gold Fleet of 1715 that was destroyed by a hurricane leaving the wrecks of 14 ships scattered from the Florida Keys to the Sebastian Inlet on Florida’s east coast. Two of the ships are unaccounted for . . . So we have modern-day pirates, a couple of nosey oceanographers, and of course some fun-loving teens who are yet again in the wrong place at the wrong time.
That sounds like a great adventure! What is your favorite part of the writing/editing/publishing process?
I love those creative moments where you are in the character’s head and flying through a scene. I also like cleaning up the creative mess and honing the story into something readers will like! On the other hand, I don’t like the mandatory marketing that comes with fiction writing these days.
You’re certainly not alone in that! 🙂 Which authors have had the most impact on your writing?
C.S. Lewis, John Grisham, and Louis L’Amour have stimulated and influenced me both as a reader and writer. The most influential book of my life has been the Bible—by far. For learning the craft of writing, I think Randy Ingermanson’s Perfect Scene where he builds upon and makes more understandable, concepts from Dwight Swain’s Techniques of the Selling Writer had the most influence as far as micro techniques. Then the macrostructures of Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell helped me “put it together.” On the other hand, I learned point of view mostly through writing critique groups and writer conventions.
Lots of great inspiration! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us today, Glenn!
Thank you, Sarah, for having me on Fiction, Faith, and Fun again. For those of you who have read this far, I’d like to offer a freebie. Escape, Intense Book 1 is free in eBook format right now. It’s a 127-page novella with continuous action that you can pick up at Amazon or B&N and others.
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Your turn! Aside from the Bible, which book would you say has impacted you the most?
More about Glenn:
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 Splickety, Havok, Cadet Quest and Partners. Chase, the third book in his Intense series was released on April 1, 2018.
You can connect with Glenn online:
Student Fiction Finder Blog http://www.christianbooksfortweensandteens.com/
Also by Glenn:
“I’d never seen a dead body before, but I was pretty sure the guy in the car trunk was dead.”
Middle school’s tough, and Tyler Higgins just wants to hang with the cool kids. But Dustin’s idea of quality entertainment is spying on parked cars on Lover’s Lane. When two creeps show up with a body, Tyler doesn’t want to stick around. Then again, he might not have much choice.
Glenn has generously offered to give away two copies of Chase, one Paperback to a US winner, and one eBook copy of Chase to a non-US winner. (Please enter the appropriate giveaway based on your location!) Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.