Today we welcome Harry Wegley, author and meteorologist, to 3 Questions Wednesday.
(1) Do you watch reality television? Why or why not?
Harry: My wife and I don’t watch much TV—mostly news, a little sports, and an occasional, carefully selected movie. I’m not a real fan of reality TV, to a large degree because most “reality” TV isn’t. Maybe I’m over generalizing, but I don’t see much value in watching most programs in this genre. I sometimes watch home remodeling shows with my wife because we do learn some useful things. I don’t mean to be cynical, but most reality shows violate my values while teaching little of value unless, perhaps, one is an author looking for a villain for their next book.
(2) What are your thoughts on e-publishing?
Harry: I see e-publishing as a two-edged sword. On the good side, it’s very freeing for an author to be able to tell their story in their own voice without much that being edited away. Authors can also get books to market more quickly than with traditional publishing and their books don’t go out of print. But e-publishing comes with a heavy price to pay on the marketing side. Also, an author must either purchase a whole set of services, or develop some new skills that come with a steep learning curve—skills like graphic design. Another negative is that many people are flooding the market with poor quality books. Unless you are already well known, or can stand out from the crowd through your marketing efforts, your work might never gain the readership it could have. Despite the downside, I do expect to e-publish some of my stories, primarily because I can keep my publisher’s queue filled and still have time to write and publish a couple of books for every one that a traditional publisher puts out.
(3) Which do you prefer? Facebook or Twitter?
Harry: I prefer Facebook, but I’ve still got a lot to learn about maximizing the potential of both. So, my preference could change. But it is more satisfying to see people respond personally to FB posts than to tweet into what seems like a black hole, sucking in your information, information that disappears, never to be seen again.
H. L. Wegley served in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. He is a Meteorologist who worked as a Research Scientist in Atmospheric Physics. After earning an MS in Computer Science, he worked more than two decades as a Systems Programmer at Boeing before retiring in the Seattle area, where he and his wife of 46 years enjoy small-group ministry, their seven grandchildren, and where he pursues his love of writing.
He has a 3-book romantic-thriller series, Pure Genius Series, contracted with Harbourlight Books, Pelican Book Group and has been requested to write a 4th book in that series. Book 1, Hide and Seek, released in February 2013, Book 2, On the Pineapple Express should release later this year. He also published his childhood adventures in a humorous memoir, Colby and Me: Growing up in the 50’s