Tony Crowne is your normal, run-of-the-mill back-up quarterback and aspiring detective who has his share of troubles: He hates the nickname his father gave him, his eighty-pound dog clobbers his mother and grandfather at breakfast and he gets into a fight with the biggest kid in school.
Worst of all, his best friend, cheerleader Ashley Richardson, disappears the morning before Tony’s big football game. Did she run away? Was she kidnapped? Is she alive?
Now, Tony must help his team win the big game and help a retired police detective find Ashley before it’s too late.
“The characters that Peter Guy George creates in this book are pitch perfect.”
“An action-packed exciting story for youngsters to read.”
“An interesting story, well told.”
CIR: What inspired you to write a sports-based mystery?
GEORGE: I cannot put my finger onto one particular thing that got my wheels turning, so to speak. If anything, the desire to entertain an audience of middle-grade children spurred the germination of the story and the development of my characters.
CIR: So how did you go about writing it?
GEORGE: I’m not a very deep thinker, so the process was rather elementary. I laid out a few characters, a few plot lines, a slam-bang finish and took it from there. Once I started writing, it was very enjoyable to become the main character or become one of the secondary characters and to think like they would think or react how they would react. It’s extremely interesting to have five or six characters floating around in your head day after day.
CIR: Are any of the characters like you or someone you know?
GEORGE: Yes and no. Obviously, the characters will reflect me or someone I know in certain ways, but I’d like to think I am able to create multidimensional characters purely using my imagination. Then again, perhaps I’m just fooling myself!
CIR: Is there more coming?
GEORGE: Absolutely! I envision a Tony Crowne mystery every three months or so. As a matter of fact, I really enjoyed the retired detective character in this story and I’m debating whether or not to star him in a series of his own “cozy” mysteries. Time will tell.
Learn more about Peter Guy George and his writing at www.peterguygeorge.com