The world’s first earth-orbit passenger plane, the sensational Celeste Three, takes off from its base in Arizona, also the only place where it is designed land. On a routine flight the craft disappears.
On board is Viktor Karenkov, billionaire oil magnate who has used his wealth to evade prosecution for a murder he committed years earlier. Gregory Topozian, the murdered man’s friend, has been waiting for a chance to bring Karenkov to justice. With dogged determination and considerable ingenuity, he conceives an audacious plan.
Getting the craft down in total secrecy is key. And someone has to pay the huge costs involved.
- When and where do you prefer to write?
I am fortunate to be at a time in my life when I have no ‘day job’. So I write, literally (no pun intended) any time I wish to. I have a desk upon which sit the pc and a proper keyboard. I am also blessed with a long-suffering and supportive wife.
- Do you have a certain ritual?
No, but sometimes I wish I had. Ritual needs discipline, something I lack, unfortunately.
- Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
It used to be a glass of Scotch, but now it’s a soft drink. I tell myself that it is better for me!
- What is your favourite book?
A tough question. I don’t think I have a single favourite, but I always enjoy a good thriller.
- Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I have genuine admiration for authors who write series, but my works so far are ‘stand-alones’. Mostly light thrillers but I have another that is cross-genre (mystery/religious fiction) that is actually the first in an intended series. I am also currently working on a story about a clever, devious English football club manager, a lovable rogue. Great fun to write.
- Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Every character is a mix of several people. Much easier and it allows for a bit of inventive licence.
- Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
No, but there is one on my bedside table. So many ideas float in when I am in the limbo between slumber and full consciousness.
- Which genre do you not like at all?
Horror – maybe because I’d be no good at it. I am a natural optimist.
- If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Lee Child. A master plotter.
- If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
Belgium of course, preferably Antwerp because I might have the pleasure of meeting you!
Thank you, Chris Calder and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
After ten happy years of retirement in rural France, Chris Calder is back in England. He came late to writing novels, penning his first whilst incarcerated in a French hospital following cancer surgery. At the time he spoke little French. Unable to communicate effectively with the staff, he spent his time fleshing out his first novel. Five more have followed; light thrillers leavened with humour. Best of all, the cancer is now history.
Chris knows that readers of fiction expect to be diverted and entertained. He loves feedback and believes passionately that taking on board readers’ views improves what what he does. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Go on, he’d love to hear from you.
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