ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND THE SERIES
OTHER WORKS BY K. ROBERT CAMPBELL
K. Robert Campbell was born and raised in southern New Jersey. He migrated further south after high school to major in recreation and park administration at North Carolina State Univsersity, in Raleigh, NC. He then began his first career as a ranger with the NC State Parks (with a brief interlude directing a 4-H camp/conference center). Although he enjoyed his work in the parks, he decided to go back to school and three years later, became an attorney after earning his juris doctor from Campbell University School of Law.
The author went straight from law school to practice in Southport, a coastal community in southeasern NC. At some point in the new millenium, he decided to put the skills he had developed in legal writing to work in novel writing, and the Cameron Scott suspense series was born. Southport (named 'Riverport' in the books) and its environs serves as the backdrop for many of Cameron's adventures. The author's experiences as a park ranger and in law practice formed a rich tapestry from which to weave his tales of suspense.
Readers sometimes ask "Why are the books in numerical order, and why do they count downward?" The simple answer is, "It just happened." "The Fifth Category" originally was meant to be a stand-alone novel and its title derives from the story line: The sinister group Cameron uncovers has a five-level hierarchy, and his investigation is hampered by an approaching category five hurricane. Readers started asking about sequels, so "The Fourth Estate" came about, in which Cameron runs into trouble while helping with the probate of wills. Not only is he helping settle estates, but they involve ownership of realty (real estate) and ownership of a newspaper (the press often being referred to as 'the fourth estate'.) And so it has gone. Another oft-asked question is, "What happens after 'zero'? That one's easy--fractions. The next planned title after "Zero Tolerance" is "Eighth Note".
Other artistic endeavors pursued by the author include: Community theater, including founding member and first full-term president of The Uwharrie Players theater group, in Stanly County, NC; board member of Big Dawg Productions in Wilmington, NC; onstage appearances in numerous stageplays and musicals; set design and construction for several plays; drumming in pit bands for musicals; and directing plays. He has also been a drummer for Brunswick Concert Band in Southport, and currently drums with Harbour Towne Fest Band in wilmington.