Fear Has a Name, Crittendon Files Series #1Fear Has a Name, Crittendon Files Series #1
Creston Mapes
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With his family's safety on the line, journalist Jack Crittendon fights to reveal a stalker's terrifying schemes, investigates a pastor's mysterious disappearance, and struggles to keep his faith amid unthinkable fear. With danger lurking at every turn, can he muster enough courage to trust a God who allows such inconceivable trials?
     

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Creston MapesCreston Mapes has always loved creativity, artwork and writing. After majoring in magazine journalism at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, he worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer. He loved the newspaper business, which inspires many of his novels, including the new thriller series, The Crittendon Files, about Trenton City Dispatch reporter Jack Crittendon and his family.

Favorite Bible verse: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Jesus Christ now lives in me. The life I live in the flesh, I live with faith in the Son of God, who loved me and delivered himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20)


 

 Christianbook.com Interview with Creston Mapes


 

Please tell us a bit about yourself.

I have always loved creativity, artwork and writing. After majoring in magazine journalism at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, I worked as a newspaper reporter and photographer. I loved the newspaper business, which inspires many of my novels, including the new thriller series, The Crittendon Files, about Trenton City Dispatch reporter Jack Crittendon and his family.

What is your favorite Bible verse?

It’s funny you should ask, because this has been my favorite verse since I became a Christian at age 28, but just this year I have recommitted to living it as my life-verse. “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Jesus Christ now lives in me. The life I live in the flesh, I live with faith in the Son of God, who loved me and delivered himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20).

Is the Crittendon Files Series based in an Amish community?

Ha…no! It’s based in the mid-sized metropolis of Trenton City, Ohio.

What was your inspiration to write the Crittendon Files Series?
 
As a kid, I always hated bullies. I guess I may have been bullied a little at times, but many kids got it much worse. I’ve always had sympathy for the underdog, kids who were overweight, extra shy, or not physically attractive by the world’s standards—and those who were bullied. This book takes a close look at the life of a man who was bullied and unwanted. Although Granger Meade is the clear antagonist in the story, I try to give the reader a glimpse of his life, his youth, and why he turned out the way he has—which is very bad and dangerous, indeed.

How much of the Crittendon Files Series comes from your personal experience?

As mentioned, I’ve always loved the newspaper business, so many of my novels relate to my days as a journalist. In addition, the home break-in at the opening of the book closely resembles something that once happened to our family. Beyond that, it is pure imagination!

How much research did Fear Has a Name take?
 
Most of the research had to do with the accuracy of the timeframes involved with travel, routes and maps. Also, I always research to make sure my legal accounts, crimes, charges, etc., are as accurate as possible. There was a good deal of research involved on the topic of bullying, because one of the main characters was bullied as a boy, a hot topic right now, about which I am passionate.

What other new writing projects do you have on the horizon?

I’m just putting the finishing touches on book two in The Crittendon Files, tentatively entitled Poison Town. In this thriller, Jack discovers that a large fiberglass manufacturer on the poor side of Trenton City may be emitting pollutants that are killing workers and residents. As he and his best friend, reporter Derrick Whittaker, get further and further into uncovering the sinister details of what’s really going on, that knowledge becomes a very dangerous thing—for everyone involved. I’ve also started writing book three in the series, which finds Jack out of a job and working part-time at an arena/entertainment venue where something very big is going to go down. In this book, we may even see a surprise visit from rock star Everett Lester, who was the protagonist in my first two books, Dark Star and Full Tilt.

What message would you like your readers to take from reading the Crittendon Files Series?

There are several things. 1) Try not to judge a person until you’ve worn his or her shoes; 2) Bad, difficult, trying, unthinkable circumstances DO happen to Christians; 3) Fear is a part of life, but God wants us to throw all of our worries onto him, even those unthinkable trials; 4) No one is beyond God’s reach.

What organizations are you involved with?

American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW); Agape (special needs ministry); Men’s Step Up (Atlanta men’s bible study).

What are some of the challenges you face as an author?

When I got my first contract I started talking about writing books full time. I thought getting published was the ‘be all, end all.’ Few people realize that, just because you have a few books published, doesn’t mean you are ‘making a living’ at it. I still hope to write novels full time. But until then, I do my freelance writing (marketing copywriting). I guess I also didn’t realize how much time and energy goes into books, from writing and editing to marketing and promoting. It takes TONS of time, effort and passion.
 
Who is the person who most influences your writing?

God. I was once very lost, actually until I was about 27 or 28. So I know what it is like to live on the dark side, to live for other things, to try to find satisfaction in the world. God transformed me and I try to show that in some way in all of my stories.

Of course, beyond that, my editor is the one who most impacts the actual manuscripts. I’ve worked with some good ones who have taught me things that have really improved my writing.

What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?

When writing marketing copy, I love the frequency and variety of new projects, and the ability to turn jobs around quickly, please my clients, and make a good living at it. When it comes to writing fiction, I enjoy not only creating thrilling stories and characters, but sharing the life-changing message of Christ within those tales. Fiction writing comes much more slowly and difficult for me than writing marketing copy. It has never been easy for me and I write slowly compared to many of my colleagues. But I do enjoy discombobulating my readers with thrilling twists and turns, and, in various ways, challenging their faith at the same time.

What do you do to get away from it all?

We are a very close-knit family of six. So I spend time with my wife and kids. I enjoy reading, painting, movies, and meeting up with friends. Sometimes we get away to Amelia Island or St. Augustine. I also have a “hobby job” in which I work as an usher for a large event company, so once every few weeks I work a concert or sporting event. It gets me out of the house, around people, and provides me with some fresh ideas and gas money!

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I only read books in which there is tension on every page. So that’s the kind of books I write. If you like to be quarantined from page one and held captive until the final page of a novel, check out my books…I think you’ll like them.