Author Feature: Carlton Crane

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Carlton Crane is the author of the family saga So Much to Give: A Story of America’s Greatest Generation.

Carlton Crane is the author of two remarkable historical fiction. He is also a war veteran. He is among the participants of ReadersMagnet’s first-ever virtual book fair, The Festival of Storytellers. Today, we will learn more about the author behind So Much to Give and its sequel, Time Enough to Cry.

Carlton Randolph Crane: A War Veteran and Family Man

Carlton Randolph Crane was born and raised in the Piney Woods of East Texas. After graduating high school, Carlton went to what was then Arlington State College. However, war broke out school and interrupted his college education. Carlton went on to serve honorably in the United States Army Security Agency for four years. He was discharged in 1967 in Florida. The following year, he met and married Barbara Jean Orne. Their union produced two sons.

Even though he was starting a family, Carlton pursued a college education and went back to school on the GI Bill. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1972. Carlton then began working as a Software Engineer for the banking industry, where he established a successful career.

Carlton Randolph Crane has been married to Barbara Jean for fifty-three years now. Aside from their two sons, the couple has been blessed with four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Carlton Crane is now retired and currently lives in Arlington, Texas. He spends his time reading, writing, traveling, good movies, and photography.

So Much to Give and Other Works by Carlton Randolph Crane

In 1996, Carlton Crane published his debut novel, So Much To Give: A Story of America’s Greatest Generation. It is a family saga set against the backdrop of the Great Depression. In his book, Crane highlights the Depression of the 1930s as not only an American Depression but rather a world depression where many nations across the globe embrace various forms of government such as Fascism, Communism, Nazi, Dictatorship, Imperialism, and various forms of socialist states.

When the Second World War erupted, many united to push back the Nazis and Fascism. Many lives were lost and families displaced and the period became known as one of the darkest in human history. Yet despite the economic crisis and a war that left too many wounds, American went on to strive and help rebuild the Great American nation. In the middle of this is the Collie Family. So Much to Give is a story of how a small family from the small East Texas town of Coalville endured the hard times in America. The saga narrates how they persevered against hatred, racism, murder, and personal tragedy and sacrificed to rise and become part of America’s Greatest Generation.

Twenty-five years later, Carlton Crane published the semi-sequel of his debut novel. In December 2020, he released Time Enough to Cry: The Children of the Greatest Generation. The follow-up novel can also be read as a standalone narrative. The story centers on the three children born to the main characters in Carlton’s first book. Fast forward to today, the book narrates how the children of the Greatest Generation grew up during the fifties, sixties, seventies, and eighties. Carlton takes the readers through all the characters growing up, their heartaches, tragedies, happiness, and finally, their love.

The book highlights how three women from vastly different walks of life meet three men during the height of the Vietnam War from 1968 through 1970. These young souls witnessed hardships and death and persevered. Time Enough to Cry: The Children of the Greatest Generation is also a narrative that would show how their honor, devotion, loyalty, courage, and dedication would see them through and eventually bring love to each of them. These six individuals would form a life-lasting bond of brotherhood and sisterhood forged by the horrors of war and be called the children of the greatest generation.

To know more about Carlton Randolph Crane and his latest works, you can visit his website today. You can also purchase his books (Hardcover, Paperback, and Kindle version) on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and ReadersMagnet.


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