Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Warm Welcome to Jim Callan!

Is there a story behind A TON OF GOLD?
A couple of years ago, I read an old Texas folk tale. I wondered if there was a way that particular folk tale could affect the lives of people today. From that grew A TON OF GOLD.

What’s the last thing you wrote?
The last thing I wrote was a book on character development, titled CHARACTER: THE HEARTBEAT OF THE NOVEL. It is a book with instruction, inspiration, lots of examples and exercises, all designed to help the writer develop memorable characters.

What’s the first thing you ever wrote that you still have?
The first book I wrote was COMPUTER LITERACY MADE EASY AND FUN -- BITS, BYTES, APPLES AND MICE. It took the confusing computer language and concepts and put them in easy to understand language.

What’s your favorite genre of writing?
Mystery / suspense.

Who is the most fun character you ever created?
That’s a tough one. But if I have to pick only one, I’m going with the seventy-six year-old grandmother in A TON OF GOLD. But Brandi, a street wise young woman in the same book, is a very close runner-up. 

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
I use a computer and can’t imagine writing a novel by hand. I have a couple of friends who do. I was astounded. Then I found out their wives typed up all their handwritten pages. Still, the ease of correction, cutting and pasting is too big a tool for me to give up. Plus, I like to see the words pop up on the screen, see what the printed sentence looks like. And lastly, there’s a good chance that I couldn’t read my hand written page a day later.

Do you archive everything you write?
My wife would tell you I keep too much. And she’d be right. I keep not only every book I’ve written, but on most of them, I have many of the rewrites.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
Having had two books out already in 2013, I’m not certain when the next book will come out. But I have the second novel in the Father Frank series written and ready to ship to the publisher. The first book in the series is CLEANSED BY FIRE which received a number of very complimentary reviews. The second book in the series is currently titled, OVER MY DEAD BODY.

Author bio:
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 wrote a monthly column for a national magazine for two years, and published several non-fiction books. He now concentrates on his favorite genre, mystery/suspense, with his fourth book, A Ton of Gold, released in February, 2013.

To contact Jim:

Blog site:
Facebook: James Callan
Twitter: @jamesrcallan


To buy Jim's books, go here:

On Amazon, in paperback, at: 
Or the Kindle edition at:      
Or from Oak Tree Press at: 
Jim is giving away a copy of A Ton of Gold. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.  To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


cjajsmommy said...

Oh my -- Years ago I proofread some books on computer literacy. I wonder if I did your book? Please enter my name to win a copy of "A Ton of Gold."

Also, Caroline -- where was the picture of the bridge over the rocky gorge taken?

squiresj said...

Please enter me to win this book. Sounds like a good read. I would review it too and share it with others.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Patty said...

I looked this up on Amazon, sounds like an intriguing read!


Anonymous said...

I found this interview to be quite interesting. Jim is new to me. But his new book sounds to good not to read. Being a great-grandmoother, I'm interested in what this grandmother has to say. I would love to win his book. Would be a nice gift for my 78th birthday on the 7th. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

Kathleen Maher said...

Hi, nice interview. Very original questions. It's always great to learn more about the authors you admire. Thanks, Sharon, and Lord bless you and your writing, Jim.

C.L. Swinney said...

Hey Jim, I learned stuff about you I never knew from this interview. I'm waiting for my copy of your book!! Hope all is well. Thanks for sharing.

Teela said...

Great interview & I love to read mysteries. Wow what a transition for you Jim in your topics! Please enter me in this giveaway!

Patricia Gligor said...

I had to laugh when I read your response to "Do you type or write by hand?"
I wrote the first novel for my Malone mystery series by hand but I came to realize that I could create on my computer and now I wouldn't have it any other way. What a time saver!
Best of luck with "A Ton Of Gold."

jrlindermuth said...

Have to agree with Jim on hand-writing a novel. If I can't read my own handwriting the next day, who could?
Looking forward to (winning?)reading Ton of Gold. Sounds like another winner.

James R. (Jim) Callan said...

Hi and thanks to all of you who commented. This to "cjsjsmomm" -- you might have worked on one of my books. I had one published in the mid-90s titled "Computer Literarcy Made Easy and Fun: Bits, Bytes, Apples and Mice." Of course, it's ancient history by now, but amazingly (in the fast-moving computer field) it did very well for about 8 years.

Good luck to all of you on winning.

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