“I prefer Black over African-American because I believe the term BLACK is more powerful and a more unified term. There is so much more to Black people than being American. Once outside the USA, I could stand in a room with other Black people from different countries and nothing about me will reflect an "American" based solely on my appearance. On the other hand, everything about me reflects a PROUD BLACK MAN.“
Chris McClean is an award-winning author, graphic designer, and speaker. Chris was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but his family roots trace back to the beautiful island of Barbados, West Indies. Chris spent over ten years in law-enforcement and uses his experience and education to demand his readers’ attention with realistic scenarios throughout his stories. After serving four years as a Patrol Officer for the Philadelphia Police Department, Chris took advantage of an opportunity of a lifetime. In 2012, a small police department in the suburbs of Philadelphia hired Chris, which made him the first African-American officer in the history of that department. After years of searching for a way to teach young children about social issues they were likely to encounter, he created the CrimeFighters: Defenders of Justice. The CrimeFighters are a diverse group of heroes that teach safety lessons to young readers.
Along with being a children’s author, Chris writes fiction under the pen name C.L. Lowry. He has released three books under his pen name, which include a crime anthology, post-apocalyptic thriller, and a guide to self-publishing. As a writing coach, Chris has helped over 25 writers self-publish more than 50 titles. He has assisted writers with outlining, editing, marketing, illustrating, and designing promotional material. Chris has been a speaker at several elementary schools, libraries, and non-profit programs. His presentations include reading of his books, safety presentations for children, and “know your rights” presentations for adults.
Chris McClean’s debut storybook The CrimeFighters: The Heroes Fight a Fire ranked on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Selling Children’s Books in the summer of 2016. Since then he has released stories that touch on the subjects of bullying, theft, and stranger danger. In 2016, Chris won an award for the bestanthology at the New York Book Festival (The Black Badge: Confessions of Corruption). In 2017, Chris was a finalist for the Book Excellence Awards (The CrimeFighters: The Heroes Stop a Bully) and winner of the Hungry Minds Book Award for the 2017 Independent Children’s Publisher (The CrimeFighters Book Series). The CrimeFighters series comes in picture books and a chapter series. Along with the CrimeFighters book series, Chris also worked with developers to create the CrimeFighters Coloring Book App for Apple and Android. The app is scheduled to launch in the spring of 2018.
Along with perfecting his penmanship, Chris also started a book review program called Creedom Book Critiques. Alongside his son, CJ, Chris provides honest book reviews to authors of all genres. Chris started Creedom Book Critiques after seeing the minimum amount of exposure independent authors received, despite all the hard work they put into their books.
If you have any questions, suggestions, complaints or want to volunteer as a beta reader and receive free advance-reading copies of new books, please email Chris McClean at CreedomBooks@gmail.com. For more information on Chris McClean, Creedom Book Critiques and book release dates visitwww.creedombooks.com. For more information on the CrimeFighters book series, visit www.crimefightersbooks.com.
THE CRIMEFIGHTERS - The CrimeFighters are a group of superheroes that are also law-enforcement officers and first responders. The CrimeFighters are friends that work together to fight crime and make the streets safer. They are equipped with special armored suits that have features that are linked to each of their skills and professions. The CrimeFighters group consists of junior versions of a Police Officer, Firefighter, Fire Marshal, State Trooper, Corrections Officer, FBI Agent, Paramedic, and Sheriff. The CrimeFighters develop plans on how to catch criminals and defend justice all over the world. Whether they are stopping a bully from being mean to people or preventing thieves from stealing, the CrimeFighters are here to “save the day.”
The CrimeFighters books are recommended for children, ages 6 and up. With the CrimeFighters books, children will:
•Be introduced to the CrimeFighters
•Learn about the diverse group of heroes
•Enjoy beautiful illustrations
•Love the creative stories
•Be taught safety lessons
•Understand the difference between “right” and “wrong”
•Expand their vocabulary
•Have fun reading