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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Criminal Continuum

Congratulations, novelist! You won!

Here at NaNoWriMo HQ, we are partying hard in recognition of your epic accomplishment this month. One month ago, you committed yourself to this wild write-a-thon: 30 days of high-velocity, pedal-to-the-metal noveling.

And now, 53,427 words and one month later, you are a NaNoWriMo Winner!
You have more than earned your Winner’s Goodies.

Criminal Continuum
By Royce A. Ratterman


Robert and Rebecca Dance are fraternal twins who have a whiz-kid little sister named Kelly.

Robert is into gadgets of all types, Rebecca is a genius with computer stuff, and Kelly, well, Kelly enjoys ballet and is an exceptionally intelligent straight ‘A’ student. They live in Berkeley, California in a beautiful older home with their parents.

The twins meet a young police cadet assisting with an investigation at their school. This chance meeting leads to a long and exciting friendship.

A secret code, a suspicious stalker, the discovery of a mysterious chemical substance, and a trip to the country of Norway all produce opportunities for Robert, Rebecca and Kelly to intervene in exciting mysteries.

Criminal Continuum is filled with things for the young fiction reader to enjoy ... mystery, suspense, crime, family, friends, and just plain old fun.


“I am not completely sure if we will be able to determine with total accuracy whether the stalker is a domestic, non-domestic, or an erotomanic, but I doubt they are a domestic stalker.”

“An ero what?” Robert asked, with a scrunched up puzzled face.

“An erotomanic person, one who suffers from erotomania, also called de Clerambault's syndrome,” answered Kelly.

“Explain, please, in English.”

“Well, if the person was a domestic stalker there would be more obvious leads for the police. The domestic stalker generally bothers a former boyfriend or girlfriend; family member; coworker, you know, people they know and who know them.”

“What about the non-domestic and the . . . ero . . . eromaniac?” questioned Robert.

Laughing, Kelly replied, “Erotomania, Robert, not maniac.”


“The non-domestic stalker usually targets a female and has come into contact with the victim in one way or another. The victim may not even know they have had contact with the person, but eventually the stalker makes some sort of contact with them.”

“I see.”

“The erotomanic individual is usually obsessed with the person they are stalking. Like celebrities, media people, public officials, people like that, though they do often stalk strangers. The stalking itself results from some sort of emotional-psychological conflict involving a fanaticized romantic relationship between the stalker and the victim.”

Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the information, Rebecca interrupted, “We’re almost there.”


Elisabeth R said...

Congrats! :-) Can't wait to see the book in print...and read it!
Good luck on your next project!

Patsy said...


Pretty sure I'm not going to make it this year, so I understand what an achievement this is.

Royce A Ratterman said...

Thanks Patsy & Elisabeth!

Theresa Milstein said...

Congratulations! That's quite an accomplishment.

Sounds like the book has a fun premise. Good luck as you move forward!

Rain Laaman said...

Congratulations on your accomplishment! Sounds like some interesting characters you have there.

Talei said...

Brilliant! Well done! I love the breakdown on the stalkers, I had no idea?