Inside the Literary Mind of Jennifer Chase
September 21, 2017
On the hunt for a complex serial killer, vigilante detective Emily Stone must face her most daring case yet.
Young and ambitious, Detective Danny Starr, catches the homicide cases and discovers that it will test everything he knows about police work and the criminal mind. Can he handle these escalating cases or will the police department have to call in reinforcements—the FBI.
Emily Stone’s covert team pushes with extreme urgency to unravel the grisly clues, while keeping their identities hidden from the police. With one last-ditch effort, Stone dangles someone she loves as bait to draw out the killer.
She then forces the killer out of their comfort zone with her partner Rick Lopez, and with help from a longtime friend Jordan Smith. A revelation of the serial killer’s identity leaves the team with volatile emotions that could destroy them.
The killer continues to taunt and expertly manipulate the police, as well as Stone’s team, and as they run out of time—they leave behind everyone and everything—in Dead Cold.
Q: Tell me about your newest book and what was the inspiration behind your writing it?
Jennifer: My newest book is DEAD COLD, an Emily Stone Thriller. It’s the sixth book in the series, but it is written as a stand-alone novel.
What happens when one California community has a disturbing spike in homicides? It catapults cops into a deadly game of murder. Frozen human body parts hideously displayed at the crime scenes offers a horrifying interpretation that only a sadistic serial killer could design—and execute.
On the hunt for a complex serial killer, vigilante detective Emily Stone must face her most daring case yet. Stone’s proven top-notch profiling skills and forensic expertise may not be enough this time. Stone’s covert team pushes with extreme urgency to unravel the grisly clues, while keeping their identities hidden from the police. With one last-ditch effort, Stone dangles someone she loves as bait to draw out the killer.
Many things have inspired me to write crime fiction. It could be a headline, one of the many cases I’ve studied, or it could suddenly come to me when I’m out walking at the beach. My main inspiration for writing the Emily Stone Series was based on the experience of living next door to a violent sociopath that threatened my life nearly every day for two and half years. Some of my “real life” experiences are actually on the fictional page—I won’t tell you which ones, you’ll have to guess.
Q: Why and when did you decide to become a writer?
Jennifer: There really wasn’t a day where I decided to become a writer. I have loved books and writing for as a long as I can remember. I didn’t immediately pursue writing as a career, but about ten years ago, I decided to make it my full time profession. It was quite a departure from the financial corporate world, but I’ve never regretted it.
Q: What book has been the greatest influence on you and your writing and why?
Jennifer: That is a difficult question. I’ve read so many books, both fiction and non-fiction, which makes it difficult to answer. Growing up, I loved the Nancy Drew Mysteries, then gradually moved into books by Mary Higgins Clark, and then graduated into Stephen King stories.
However, to answer your question, it was when I read The Bone Collector by Jeffrey Deaver. It made an impression on me and I loved the Lincoln Rhyme Series. I love Deaver’s writing style and his grasp on forensics. I had the amazing opportunity to meet Deaver in person at the 2014 Bouchercon in Long Beach, California.
Q: Where do you find ideas for your books?
Jennifer: Everywhere. Seriously, ideas flood into my mind often. I can be researching one book and then an entirely new storyline will pop up out of a completely different concept. Or, I can be taking a break and walking my dog, and I can conceptualize an entire series before I get home.
Writers, I’m sure, can relate to where my ideas come from at any time. You can find ideas and storylines everywhere. You have to be open and pay attention to everything—stories will fall on you like a massive tidal wave.
Q: Where do you find ideas for your characters?
Jennifer: My characters are generally a combination of people I’ve met, people I know, people I’ve observed, and some fun fiction thrown in for good measure. There have been occasions that I’ve met someone really interesting or unusual, and I think to myself, I wish I could put this entire person on a book page.
Q: How would you describe your writing style?
Jennifer: I’ve been greatly influenced by screenwriting, which is the general concept of action and dialogue. I’ve written more than a dozen scripts before I wrote my first novel, Compulsion, which was the beginning of the Emily Stone Series.
My writing moves quickly with thriller action with a growing suspense aspect. I confess, I love writing action the most. I’ve been told on many occasions that my writing style is a little bit different than average and it reminds readers of a movie.
Q: What do you consider the most difficult part of writing a book?
Jennifer: I love outlining, writing, creating, and researching for a novel. Period. However, I have a love/hate relationship with rewrites, edits, and promotion. Basically, you almost always have to ask yourself when is it enough or do I need more when I come to the difficult part of writing a book. It can be a delicate and sometimes difficult balancing act for a writer.
Q: What are your current projects?
Jennifer: I’m currently working on the second installment of the Chip Palmer Mysteries with Scene of the Crime, and it will be released this winter. I’m outlining right now the next Emily Stone thriller, Dark Lies. Also, look for a couple of novellas in the meantime.
You can stay updated with my current projects at my blog: www.authorjenniferchase.com.
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