Today we welcome Wesley Harris, author and writing consultant, to 3 Questions Wednesday.
(1) What is your favorite book? [Bible excluded]
Wesley: The one book I’ve read over and over since my introduction to it by a Godly high school English teacher is The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas. Back in 1974, teachers weren’t afraid to bring God into the classroom, even if it had to be indirectly by use of Christian literature. The story provides a unique perspective of Christ’s death from the viewpoint of the Roman centurion in charge of the crucifixion. It tells us that a man whose every physical need and want is met still needs Christ. The Robe presents the message of salvation without turning Christ into a storybook caricature.
(2) If you could walk into any book, what literary character would you want to be?
Wesley: The first one that comes to mind is Archie Goodwin, the private detective who works for Nero Wolfe in Rex Stout’s mystery series. Archie is “suave and debonair”–something I’m not!–along with being cocky and clever and courageous with a healthy sense of humor. His boss, Nero Wolfe, is irascible and eccentric yet Archie manages to get along with his opposite as they solve murders together. I’ve solved murders myself during a 36-year law enforcement career but usually through Archie-like persistence and legwork, not Nero Wolfe-style brain power. If I could only sell millions of books like Stout did!
(3) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Wesley: I’m not much on traveling outside the USA. My travels are usually linked to American history and the great natural wonders of our country. There’s so much in America I have yet to see–Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, all the out-of-the-way historic sites.
Thank you, Wesley, for joining us on 3 Questions Wednesday. Please leave a comment. Wesley is offering a free 2,500-word critique to one lucky winner. The last time he did this, the author won the ACFW First Impressions contest in the suspense category. So scroll on down to the comment section!
During a law enforcement career spanning nearly four decades, Wesley Harris has worked in police departments in Louisiana, Georgia, and Texas as a patrol officer, detective, trainer and police chief. As a noted author and lecturer on police procedures, he has written several books and many articles and taught in police academies in thirteen states. Harris now works for Louisiana State Parks and serves on the Criminal Justice Faculty of the University of Phoenix. He owns WriteCrimeRight.com, a consulting service for writers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His website is http://writecrimeright.com.