Happy Friday y’all!
Today Glenn Haggerty will be joining us and sharing a little about his debut novel, Run. It isn’t fantasy, but promises to pack a punch with plenty of action and adventures for middle grade readers. I’m sure some of you know a some middle grade readers who might enjoy this story, so I thought I’d invite Mr. Haggerty to an interview. So without further ado, please welcome Glenn Haggerty!
I’m a member of ACFW, a graduate of Vision Loss Resources and Bethel Seminary, father of six and grandfather of six. I like tandem biking (I’m the backseat driver), kayaking and certain card games. I live in Minneapolis with my wife and two youngest college kids.
I love great coffee, strong, and dark roast but with cream and sugar. Our Keurig makes a fast fix, but if I’m desperate, a shot of espresso and hot chocolate in a cup of skim milk. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are of course the best writing fuel food.
What are some of your favorite books?
Fiction, Chronicles of Narnia, and Lewis’ Space Trilogy, more in my genre would be Andrew Klavan’s Homelander Series. Non Fiction of course the Book of Books and many attending books based upon Biblical truths.
Tell us a little about Run. What inspired you to write this story?
Run is the story of a thirteen-year-old boy from a Christian home trying to find his way. Wanting to hang with the cool crowd caused Tyler to make some bad choices that mushroomed into a huge mess. A family relocation gave him the opportunity to start over, but he’s not a fast learner . . . Everything seems stacked against him, including a nasty run-in with some very bad men. But Tyler still wants to do things his way. Slowly he begins to trust in God again, and things begin to change. And it’s a good thing, because he’ll need God to make it through what lies ahead in this intense action thriller.
Inspiration, 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.
Run sounds quite suspenseful and full of adventure. Have you had any real life adventures you’d like to share with us?
As a teen I used to snorkel and catch lobsters by hand. On one outing in the Florida Keys my friends and I were a little careless in measuring the little critters. When the game warden stopped by and found a few “shorts,” we complained that they were, “so close.” He laughed and said, “Boys, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades!” Then he happily took us all to jail for the afternoon. I learned how to measure a little more carefully after that.
What do you hope people walk away with after they finish reading this book?
I want people to resonate with the characters, and feel they too can overcome through faith.
What are you working on now? What’s next for you?
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.
And just for fun, if you could visit any time and place in the world, where would you go and why?
Other than Palestine in about 30 A.D. to follow Jesus around, maybe the American Colonies around the Revolutionary War period. There were so many issues and the gospel was so influential in transforming lives and destinies, it was an amazing interesting time.
Thank you Glenn Haggerty!
If you’d like to learn more about Mr. Haggerty or his book, Run, visit him on his Website.
Hope you all have a great weekend!