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Thursday, June 30, 2016

James R. Callan novel


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by James R. Callan

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 eleventh book is scheduled to release in June, 2016.

Enjoy Jim's interview with his main character, Crystal, below:

An Interview with Crystal Moore,
Protagonist in A Silver Medallion
JIM: Let's jump right into it. Why on earth did you decide to go to Mexico when you knew how ruthless Jose Rodriquez de Allende was? Are you an adventurer, a thrill seeker?

CRYSTAL: You didn't waste any time getting to that. No, I am not a thrill seeker, or an adventurer. The most dangerous thing I've ever done was say "No" to a man who had never heard that word. As to why I went, that's a question I've asked myself. Do you want the long answer or the short answer?

JIM: Let's start with the short.

CRYSTAL: Because of the threat to kill her two little girls if she tried to escape, or even told anybody of her situation, Lucita would never escape. She would spend her entire life a slave. But, if I could rescue her two children, she would be happy to escape.

JIM: But Allende was a powerful and vengeful man.

CRYSTAL:  Now we're into the long answer. First, I was naive. I wasn't prepared for just how evil the man was. And living in a society where one can depend on the police to help, I naturally thought I'd have some good local or state police help. That turned out to be foolish on my part.

JIM: Okay. I understand part of it. But this was such a risky business, I know you had other reasons.  Come on, tell us.

CRYSTAL: I guess the biggest one came from my own life. My parents were killed in a car accident when I was seven. It was such a difficult time for me. But, nothing could be done. They were gone, dead. No one could help me. I had loving grandparents who gave me a secure, loving home. Still, it was very difficult.

These two little girls didn't have grandparents. They were virtual slaves themselves, living under a brutal man. But their mother was alive. Something could be done.

Of course, there was another powerful reason. Once I talked with the mother, had pictures of the girls, I couldn't sleep. I would have nightmares about their treatment. I became a prisoner of their large brown eyes. I swear, I would wake up thinking I heard them crying. If I wanted to have a normal life again, I had to, at least, try to rescue them. 

JIM: I'm beginning to understand why you went. But did you really think you would succeed? I mean, this was a powerful man and in a foreign country.

CRYSTAL: You understand the dangers. Well, actually, I didn't until I met Juan Grande. He made the dangers quite clear to me. But, you fix your mind on what you want to achieve. You don't think about failure.

JIM:  Okay. You've convinced me. You should have gone. One last question. Did anyone else think you should go?

CRYSTAL: No one. Nana, who can face down the devil, said I shouldn't go. Brandi, as brash as they come, said it was a dumb idea. And Mark, a former bull rider, didn't want me to go. Even Lucita. She feared if I tried and failed, her children might suffer the consequences. Her fears almost stopped me.

JIM: That's all we have time for today. Thanks for being so open and honest in your answers. I look forward to reading the full account in A Silver Medallion.

And you, too, can get all the details in A Silver Medallion, on Amazon.


Welcome, Jim. Please tell us a little about your novel, A Silver Medallion.
In 2015, young, naive Crystal Moore encounters a slave in Dallas, Texas--a slave held not by chains, but by threats her two girls held hostage in the jungles of Mexico will be killed if she escapes.

To Crystal, it's clear. The children must be rescued first, or the mother will never escape.

Crystal will need the help of mysterious Juan Grande. If she succeeds, mother and children will be free. But Crystal will have two powerful and ruthless men, one in Texas, one in Mexico, who will want her dead.

"... a gripping, action-packed adventure from talented author James Callan. Crystal Moore is a tough and savvy heroine ..." --New York Times Bestselling Author Bobbi Smith

Where can readers find you online?
Author's page on Amazon 

Where can readers purchase A Silver Medallion?

Jim, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive an eBook copy of A Silver Medallion that Jim has offered. Commenters please remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of This Side of Heaven by Diane Dean White is Mary B. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 

Thanks for reading my blog! My recently released novella is titled Donna’s Detour. The story is set in 1956 on the historic U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to California's west coast. From a reader's review: "I love the author's smooth writing style. She has a way to take readers back in time with her exquisite words that flow throughout the story....It is time to relax, grab an ice cold bottle of Coke and enjoy a great book that will bring a smile to your face. Join Donna and Tommy as they take a journey on Route 66." Available in eBook at Amazon.


  1. I love to win this book. Please enter me

  2. A very exciting book interview. Certainly makes me want to read the book!

    1. Angela, glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for leaving your comment.