You might remember Asa from White Rabbit. Indeed, the old Texas transplant with the signature ten-gallon hat and fondness for shotguns is pretty hard to forget. He disappeared a bit for Black Swan, but he’s back on the scene in Red Herring.
His role remains the same. As Tess’ adoptive grandfather, his primary goal is keeping her out of danger (which, as you know by now, is a full-time job!).
When we first meet Asa, we’re in Logan’s head for the entire book so we don’t really get to see things from his point of view. In Red Herring, Asa has a couple of POV scenes all to himself so we get a glimpse into the old man’s thought process. I must say, it was super fun to write in his voice.
While he still has lots of life in him, Asa is aging and it’s starting to show. He’s got no energy and even less patience for all the riff raff. As he says during a spectacular tirade in one of his scenes, “Time for everyone else to start doing the heavy lifting around here!”
Name: Asa Callahan
Role in story: Father Figure
Lives: Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Born: Dallas, Texas
Sun Sign: Leo
Fatal Flaw: Unforgiving