An Interview With: Jennifer Chase

1. Please start by saying a little about yourself.

I have a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology.  Up until about five years ago, I worked in the corporate world in the area of business and accounting.  I decided to change my current path into the criminal justice field, but an interesting thing happened during that process.  My love of writing took over and I decided to write my first novel.  Writing wasn’t anything new to me, I’ve written articles, copywriting, screenplays, and other types of stories throughout my adult life.  I published my first novel in 2008.      
 
2. Now please tell us about your books.

I’ve been a big fan of thrillers, mysteries, crime fiction and anything with a suspenseful storyline. I love to write thrillers and crime fiction.  Compulsion and Dead Game are two books in an ongoing series that revolves around Emily Stone who hunts down serial killers and child predators anonymously, then emails her investigation to the local police.  She’s been described as a vigilante detective or an angel of justice.  My third novel Silent Partner pushes a K9 cop into the dark world of police corruption and a taunting serial killer.   
 
3. When did you decide to be a writer?

I can’t say that I decided to become a writer because I’ve been writing for most of my life.  In a way, it chose me.  It gets into your blood and you begin to live, eat, and breath it.  Maybe there’s a gene for it?  Life is too short not doing what you love to do.  Since 2008, I’ve not looked back after deciding to pursue my writing career. 

4. Was it difficult to get a publisher for Compulsion?

I weighed the pros and cons of a traditional publisher and becoming an independent self-published author.  I decided that I wanted to get my first book out and to test the waters to see if my book was something that I could build an audience.  I looked around at publishers and decided to go with Outskirts Press, Inc.  It was a good experience at the time and I learned quite a bit how publishing and marketing worked.  I published my second book Dead Game with Outskirts Press, Inc as well.  This time around, I wasn’t as thrilled, so I researched becoming my own publisher JEC Press.  I couldn’t be happier.  It was the best decision that I could’ve made.  Now becoming a publisher is not for everyone, but it’s worth your time to investigate all avenues in order to make an informed decision for your books.   
 
5. Are there any authors who particularly inspire you?

Yes, many authors, but the two that stand out the most to me are Dean Koontz and Jeffrey Deaver.  I love the way these authors spin a story and create characters.  I’m a big fan of Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series with a quadriplegic criminalist.  I find it inspiring how they build their stories, pacing, and the intricate twists and turns.  I love that!  Also, I like the way that they both can write male and female characters equally well.
 
6. Are the events in your book inspired by real-life events?

My first book Compulsion was actually loosely inspired by my experience of living next door to a violent person who threatened my life on a regular basis for more than two years.  Talk about stress!  Everything finally worked out fine.  I met many members of local law enforcement, learned about crime and investigations, and decided to go back to school to study forensics and criminology.  I took this bad situation and turned it into something good in my life.  It’s proof that something good can come out something bad.

 7. Tell us a bit about your latest book?

I just released my third Emily Stone Thriller, Dark Mind.  I write all my books in the series to stand-alone. 

 A Serial Killer Plagues an Island Paradise…

Vigilante detective Emily Stone continues her covert pursuits to find serial killers and child abductors, all under the radar while shadowing police investigations.

Emily searches for an abducted nine-year-old girl taken by ruthless and enterprising slave brokers. Following the clues from California to the garden island of Kauai, she begins to piece together the evidence and ventures deep into the jungle.

It doesn’t take long before Emily is thrown into the middle of murder, mayhem, and conspiracy. Locals aren’t talking as a serial killer now stalks the island, taking women in a brutal frenzy of ancient superstitions and folklore. Local cops are unprepared for what lies ahead. In a race against the clock, Emily and her team must identify the killer before time runs out.

8. Are you ever tempted to write different types of stories?

Yes, I’ve toyed with the idea of writing more horror influenced stories, and even a zombie story.  My first and most favorite type of stories are thriller and crime fiction, but you never know what I’ll come up with next.

9. What was your most exciting moment about being an author?  

It’s the most exciting moment when you physically hold that novel in your hands.  There’s nothing quite like it.  Everything you’ve worked so hard for and spent all of your time on comes together in a reality.  No matter how many books you write, every finished physical book is as exciting as the first.

10. What will you be working on next?

I’m currently working on a couple of horror short stories that I will post on my blog.  I will be writing the next Emily Stone Thriller this year as well.  You can find out all the most up to date information about my books and me at: http://authorjenniferchase.com/

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