If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may recall I am aspiring to be an author of an actual physical book one day (sooner, rather than later would be nice). Truth be told, I already consider myself a writer both because of this blog and my newest writing adventure to promote blood clot education and awareness . As you may also know, I have done a few book reviews on this blog and they are by far my favorite thing to review, especially when written by a first-time author. I recently read Resolve by J.J. Hensely and was able to review it.
Resolve is a murder-mystery novel written by J.J. Hensley , and while I love a good mystery, I was originally interested in reading this book because it takes place at the Pittsburgh Marathon – the race I ran as my first marathon in 2011. What I found once I started reading was that the plot and mystery of the story itself were simply intriguing. I could not put the book down from the first sentence, which remains my favorite.
Here is a short synopsis of Resolve from Amazon.com where you can also order your own copy-
Hensley has a unique and hilarious sense of humor (not too far off from my own), plus the ability to tell a riveting tail that keeps the reader turning the pages until the very end. The characters are well-developed, relevant and the story really portrays both Hensley’s experience as a runner and his background in law enforcement, both of which I can relate to as well. This book is a must read for any runner desiring a non-traditional running book or any person looking for a suspenseful novel.
The book is arranged in a series of chapters named after the miles in a marathon – an idea that I have always thought to be brilliant when writing a running book. Each chapter begins with a recap of that particular mile in the Pittsburgh Marathon and is followed by a section of the murder-mystery story, which takes place at a local university. The miles and story are welded together seamlessly throughout the novel, and I soon forgot I was reading two different stories. Hensley is a seasoned storyteller – both on and off the race course.
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to interview Mr. Hensley about his novel and here is what he had to say-
1. Why did you choose to write about the Pittsburgh Marathon? Is it a significant race for you?
2. How did you write the recaps of the miles on the race course? I know I ran Pittsburgh and I can barely remember what I saw on the course!
3. How difficult was it to write about the race as it was taking place and the murder-mystery together? Did you write them together or separately?
4. Do you have a favorite character or one you are particularly proud of?
5. What advice would you give to someone training for their first marathon? What helped you get to the finish line?
6. How has running influenced your writing? Do you find you are more creative when or shortly after running?
7. In your opinion, how are running and writing alike?
8. How has writing made you a better runner?
9. How has running made you a better writer?
I would definitely recommend Resolve to anyone looking for a great read this summer, especially if you are a runner. Be sure to connect with Hensley on Facebook too where you can find updates and more about his book.
Thank you to J.J. Hensley for the opportunity to interview him!
What about you? Have you read Resolve? If so, what did you think? Will you be adding Resolve to your summer reading list?
Until the next mile marker,