Today I’m excited to welcome James R. Callan as he discusses his recent series.
After a successful career in mathematics and computer science, receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA, and being listed in Who’s Who in Computer Science and Two Thousand Notable Americans, James R. Callan turned to his first love—writing. He has had four non-fiction books published. He now concentrates on his favorite genre, mystery/suspense. His twelfth book releases in May, 2018.
Author’s page on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1eeykvG
When you have a series, how do you put the central character, the lynchpin of the series, continually in difficult and dangerous situations? In my Crystal Moore Suspense series, Crystal is not a person seeking adventure. In fact, she starts off as a young woman with little self-confidence. But she develops. Here is her progress.
In A Ton of Gold, the first Crystal Moore suspense book, a very unadventurous Crystal is thrust into a battle with thugs who are out to kill her grandmother, Eula. The thugs are driven by a century old folk tale and the lust for gold. Eula is Crystal’s only living relative and the person who raised her from age seven when both Crystal’s parents were killed in an auto accident. Crystal didn’t go looking for trouble. But when her beloved Nana is threatened, Crystal sets out to find who is behind these attacks, why, and how they can be stopped.
In the second of the series, A Silver Medallion, Crystal meets and learns of a virtual slave being held in Dallas, not be chains, but by threats to harm her two young daughters who are held in Mexico. This is not Crystal’s only relative and she would like to forget she saw and learned of the woman’s problem. But Crystal’s conscience won’t let her forget. She had lost her parents when she was seven and nothing could be done. But these two young girls still have a mother. Something can be done. But Crystal realizes that the mother will never dare escape as long as her daughters are in danger. So Crystal goes into the jungles of Mexico to try and rescue the daughters. Only if she can free the girls will the mother ever dare to escape. But if Crystal succeeds, she will have two powerful and ruthless men who want her dead.
In the third Crystal Moore suspense, Political Dirty Trick, Crystal again ventures into a dangerous situation, only this time, she doesn’t know it is dangerous until she is almost killed. When a political dirty trick threatens to destroy her good friend’s run for governor of Texas, she agrees to help. Fake news is being leaked out of the D.A.’s office. Crystal is determined to find out how that is happening and who is spreading it to all the media. This she willingly takes on. What she doesn’t know is that once she does, she becomes a target of one of those involved in the dirty trick. But without knowing who is attacking her, or why, it is very difficult to defend herself. She has volunteered to try to stop the bad publicity for her friend. But she doesn’t know that there is a connection between that and two murders. Now, she is in danger of becoming the third victim.
In each case, Crystal — not an macho, adventure seeking person — sees something that is wrong and steps in to help. She does not back away from the danger. She believes she must help those who need it, even when such help threatens her life. She is an ordinary person, who gets thrust into an extra-ordinary situation, and doesn’t back away. You have to love her, even as you want to say, “Don’t do it, Crystal.”