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Celeste Three is Missing by Chris Calder - Book Tour

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Celeste Three Is Missing

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.

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Author Q&A
 1. What would you consider to be your Kryptonite as an author? For me there are simply not enough hours in the day or days in the year. I need more time!

2. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? Write books, dammit. You can do it! (I was in my seventies when first published).

3. What book do you feel is under-appreciated? How about overrated? I would have to decline to comment on books other than those I have written. They, of course are massively under-appreciated.

4. Favorite childhood memory involving books? Discovering the magic.

5. If you could dine with any literary character, who would it be and why? If you mean a fictional character, the choice is endless but it would be hard to define the ‘why’ part of your question because that could be answered properly only by his/her creator, the author. But if by ‘literary character’ you mean a writer, for me it would be a choice between Charles Dickens and Mark Twain and Dickens would edge it. Why? Because of the difference he made to change society’s values and perceptions. With his fiction reflecting life at the time, Dickens’ writing resulted in changes that made Britain a better place for the underprivileged and socially deprived.

6. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance? Only one-- the lunatic world of Oz.

7. Did you want to be an author when you grew up? Never gave it a thought, but always loved writing. I became an author by accident. Aged 74, retired and living in France I was diagnosed with Cancer. Two operations followed. After the second I was recovering in hospital but because my French language skills were poor, I was unable to communicate with the lovely folk around me. Frustrating! So I picked up a pen and drafted the bones of a story based loosely upon my experiences whilst owner of a small engineering business. It was called PAYBACK and was published a year later. There have been four more books since. No longer retired, I have just changed professions.

8. If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be? Old, imaginative and bloody-minded.

9. What is your most unusual writing quirk? I put in small, (but I hope subtle) humorous touches. In Celeste Three is Missing two minor characters are FBI men called Marks and Spencer.

10. What’s one movie you like recommending to others? The Ladykillers. The definitive Ealing Studios comedy of the nineteen-fifties.

11. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be? A very, very tame tiger.

12. Have you ever met anyone famous? Yes, a few. They are just like everyone else, only better known.

1. What is the first book that made you cry? I honestly haven’t had that experience yet.

2. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book? Between twelve and eighteen months, but some have been long in gestation before I begin.

3. How do you select the names of your characters? Generally, randomly.

4. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be? A golden eagle.
5.What are your top 5 favorite movies? The Ladykillers, The Sting, The Big Country; Some Like it Hot and 12 Angry Men.
6. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do? I would move into the British Library with enough food and drink to last me for the rest of my life.
7. What fictional character would you want to be friends with in real life? Atticus Finch.
8. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? Never give up. Never, ever give up.
9. What book do you wish you had written? Great Expectations.
10. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself! :) I have swum the English Channel; I am a dead ringer for Robert Redford; I have an IQ of 140; I drove in F1 for Ferrari; I climbed Everest; I ran two marathons back to back; I have a degree in Astro-Physics; I made £2 million in five years; I lost £2 million in three days; I tell fibs (true).
11. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why? I can think of no good reason to wish to live in any period other than the present. Life is good, live it now. That said, if I could live again in the late twenty-first century, I would grab the chance.
12. What is your favorite genre to read? Thrillers, well plotted and superbly well written.

Author Bio –
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 Go on, he’d love to hear from you.

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