Gail had been Alex Krol’s girl since high school. She fell for him before she learned that he risked his life on dirt tracks during the summer months to the delight of the fans who paid to see cars crash—the more spectacular the wreck, the taller they stood on their toes and craned their necks to see the carnage.
When Alex makes his dream to drive in the Indy 500 come true and he witnesses the death of two drivers in his first start, he must ask himself if his quest to win the world’s greatest race is worth not only the physical risk, but also losing the woman he loves.
How did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning?
500 Miles to Go is both a reference to the Indy 500, but also the distance Alex Król must travel to not only make his dream come true, but also to win the heart of the woman he loves.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Gail understands that she can’t ask Alex to give up his dream of winning the world’s greatest race. It must be his choice. But in the end, it’s Gail who shows more courage than he does.
Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
500 Miles to Go is about the importance of, and the risks associated with, the pursuit of dreams. When our dreams cause angst to our loved ones, they become nightmares.
What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
500 Miles to Go captures the allure of the sport, the pageantry of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, and the characters in the story come alive… J. Conrad Guest makes the reader feel wondrously alive, as though they are an active participant in the story.
Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
“We would jump ahead to the finish, if the writing were not so compelling – and when the race is over, we want to go again!” – Lazarus Barnhill, author of Caddo Creek
Where can people learn more about your writing?