la·gniappe (lnyp, ln-yp) n.
Chiefly Southern Louisiana & Mississippi
1. A small gift presented by a storeowner to a customer with the customer's purchase.
2. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit.
I hope these entries give you a little something extra with posts about this southern gal living in the north, about writing, author interviews, new releases, and occasional photos from my photography sojourns.
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Marian P. Merritt - Lagniappe
Where the Bayous Meet the Mountains
Monday, May 25, 2015
James T. Callan - Over My Dead Body
Good Monday Morning Readers!
Today, James R. Callan visits Lagniappe to discuss his latest release, Over My Dead Body.
Tell us a little about Over My Dead Body.
Jim: In this second Father Frank Mystery, a large
corporation is seizing land by eminent domain for a shopping center. In a heated argument with a corporate
representative, Syd Cranzler says he plans to file an appeal and tie it up in
court. The next day, Syd is found dead
from an overdose of his heart medication.
The police rule it a suicide. Case closed.
But Father Frank, Syd’s pastor, and another member of his
church, don’t believe suicide and begin to look for further evidence. After an attempt on Father Frank’s life, he
is more certain Syd was murdered. But
continuing to investigate brings more problems for the minister.
When the priest is almost poisoned, they convince the police
to investigate further. Immediately, Father Frank becomes the target of rumors
and speculation he might have had something to do with Syd’s death.
The more clues Father Frank and Georgia uncover,
the more danger they find themselves in. Can they find the real killer before
they become victims?
What led you to choose the genre in which you
Jim: Mysteries and suspense books are what I like
to read. And I find the task of
developing the plots, sneaking in the clues, adding the red herrings, stimulating.
author’s books do you enjoy reading?
Jim: Some of my favorites are David Baldacci,
Steve Berry, Caleb Pirtle III, and Stephen Woodfin.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not
Jim: We love to travel, and are fortunate to be
able to do a lot of that. We spent last
October in China. Wow, was that a great
trip. After that, we were in Mexico
several months. Travel is great for
writers, as it can add to the depth and breadth of your writing.
Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with
Jim: Yes, I read reviews of my books. I have on occasion sent a thank-you note to
the author of a particularly good review (if I have any contact
information). I do not respond to bad
reviews. But, I do read them carefully
and ask myself if perhaps I need to address their concerns. Did I fail to include something I should
have? Was I fair with the reader? I might be pleased with a good review, but I
might learn from a bad review.
What can readers who enjoy your book do to
help make it more successful?
Jim: Tell their friends about it. That’s the best advertising you can get. Of course, they could also give it to friends
and family as presents.
What can we expect from you in the future?
Jim: I have a suspense book that will be out early
in 2016, tentatively titled The Silver
Medallion. It deals with women who
are lured to the U.S with the promise of big salaries, but become virtual
slaves. I think it is my best book yet.
Plotter, Panster, or Planser? Planser.
Laptop or Desktop?
Cake or pie? Pie
Dogs or cats? Cats
Nora Roberts or Diana Gabaldon? Nora
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. He has had four non-fiction books published. He now concentrates on his favorite genre,
mystery/suspense, with his sixth book releasing in 2014.