About James R Callan

James R. Callan took a degree in English, intent on writing.  But when that did not support a family, he entered a Ph.D. program in the field of mathematics.  Upon graduation, he worked as a research mathematician, and later as vice-president of a database company.

He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Data Processing Management Association.  He has been listed in Who’s Who in Computer Science, and Two Thousand Notable Americans.

When his children were grown and self-supporting, he returned to his original love—writing.  For two years, Callan wrote a monthly column for a national magazine. For six months, he wrote a weekly column that appeared in newspapers in four states. Callan has published four non-fiction books, two on the craft of writing (at the request of a publisher) and two on computers.  But his primary interest is in mystery, suspense and thriller novels.  He now has twelve books published.  These include two in the popular Father Frank cozy mystery series and three in the successful Crystal Moore Suspense Series.  Another Father Frank Mystery is due out in 2019.  All of his books have been published in print and eBooks. Six have been published in audio.

One of his mystery/suspense books ranked as high as number seven in its category on Amazon. The second Crystal Moore suspense, A Silver Medallion, was named a winner in the Readers’ Favorite Contest. The audio version of another book rose as high as number six on the entire Books in Motion list. His books have won a number of novel contests. In addition, Callan has had shorter works published in five anthologies.

In addition to writing books, Callan gives workshops on various writing and publishing topics in Texas and Mexico.

For fourteen years, Callan served as director of a respected writers’ conference. He has belonged to writers’ groups in Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. He and his wife split their time between homes in east Texas and Puerto Vallarta. They love to travel and have visited all fifty of the United States and six of the seven continents, missing only Antarctica.  They have four children and six grandchildren.

 All books in all formats can be purchased on Amazon.  Visit the Amazon author page for James R. Callan at:  http://amzn.to/1eeykvG

James R Callan’s Books

Political Dirty Trick

In this Crystal Moore suspense. book number 3, Crystal’s friend Ron Drake is running for the office of governor of Texas.  He appears to be a shoo-in winner.  Some members of the opposition campaign decide the only thing that can save their candidate is some political dirty trick.  When they cannot find any dirt on… [Read More]

A Silver Medallion

Young, bright, unadventurous Crystal Moore comes face-to-face with human trafficking in today’s Dallas, Texas. A woman is held, not by chains, but by threats to her two small children left behind in Mexico. Should she escape, or even tell anybody of her situation, her children will be killed. Crystal would like to walk away and… [Read More]

A Ton of Gold

A 178 year-old folktale about gold hidden in a lake causes murder, kidnapping, and arson in modern-day Texas. Crystal Moore is dragged into danger when thugs set out to kill her only living relative, the grandmother who raised her. Thugs believe the gold may be in the lake on the grandmother’s property. When attempts escalate,… [Read More]

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