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Name Your Poison: Detailed Plotting vs. Fog Walking
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Atlanta, GA
About Me:
I am an author who is most at home in late Victorian London. I write genre-blended suspense novels incorporating time travel, shape-shifters and Jack the Ripper. My Time Rovers Series is an excellent excuse to visit England and conduct extensive "research" in the pubs. The single malt scotch is cheaper there.
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Kim Harrison, Ian Rankin, Michael Connolly, Jim Butcher, Anne Perry, Lee Child, Barry Eisler, Jasper Fforde, Terry Pratchett, Will Thomas, Lee Jackson, Stewart Evans, Donald Rumbelow (non-fiction).

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The Writing "Zone"

Once again I have entered the "zone". This is a murky and occasionally colorful part of my existence where the WORK-IN-PROGRESS becomes my reason for breathing. It's sorta like becoming the host to an annoying parasite. I go to bed thinking of scenes, I walk up thinking of scenes. Luckily, I don't ever dream about my books, which is a relief. Still, every spare waking moment is inundated by THE WORK.

It's always this way and I've come to understand that is it best not to fight the… Continue

Posted on November 25, 2007 at 12:05pm — 2 Comments

Fictional Jack

One of my recent adventures is presenting a talk on fiction devoted to Jack the Ripper. Since I write in the late Victorian world, Jack is a sinister backdrop to my stories. Though there are countless Ripperologists out there still trying to suss out Jack, I was more interested in how authors view him/her. So I started reading. And reading. Last October I had the opportunity to present my Once Upon a Dark Alley: A Tale of Ripper… Continue

Posted on November 2, 2007 at 11:27pm

Being Social

Well, it's come to this. I've avoided social networking sites for quite a long time. I do have a blog and maintain my website, email with friends and occasionally post on certain message boards, but I try to avoid anything that takes me away from writing for too very long. I'm good enough at wasting time without any assistance.

However, Crimespace is cool and much like a magpie is attracted to shiny objects, I'm easily attracted to cool things. So here I be. What's my…

Posted on November 2, 2007 at 9:21am — 2 Comments

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At 9:44pm on July 25, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Jana, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit www.acircleofsouls.com to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 12:58am on September 2, 2008, Jana Oliver said…
Life is good. Just got back from Dragon*Con and the current book is very nearly done. Since it pretty much wraps up the story, now I'm turning my eyes toward new projects.

How goes your life?
At 4:55am on September 1, 2008, robert walker said…
Hola Jana! How've you been? Just dropping by to say hello this holiday weekned. Hope all is going well for you.

At 9:13am on February 28, 2008, Carol Exline said…
Nice to meet you and love your avatar.
At 10:37am on February 22, 2008, Jana Oliver said…
I just sent a friend request. Maybe that will help. I'm about as bad with the tech stuff. And the Lovey! Wow! I was going nuts in the back of the room when they called your named. Well done, sir!
At 9:27am on February 22, 2008, robert walker said…
Hey, how do I add you as a friend? Give me a little he'p here, wud ya? I'm not too tech.
was great to see you at Love is Murder, and man, I was excited to win the Lovey for Hystery-mytery!

At 10:11pm on January 20, 2008, Brian L Porter said…

Thought you might like to see the video trailer for my ripper novel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuKKNPbzIF8


At 12:43am on January 19, 2008, robert walker said…
Hola Jana -- will be seeing you soon at Love is Murder. We're on a pane together, right? If not, we'll start one in the bar. It is a fact that police agencies in America were created to oversee and protect businesses and keep the peace for the well to do. Has much changed? You can read about the Chicago version in City for Ransom, Shadows in Whtie City, and City of the Absent with Inspector Alastair Ransom. Of course, Jana, you've read the first books but City of the Absent refers to the voters in the cemeteries.

At 12:38am on January 11, 2008, Jana Oliver said…
I didn't realize that. I wonder if it was because of the English view that an organized police force was, in essence, designed to spy on the citizenry. They were quite touchy about that when Robert Peel started the early version of the Met Police.
At 6:04pm on January 10, 2008, Brian L Porter said…
Jana, during my research for 'A Study in Red' I contacted the police in Scotland for some historical background, as I set part of my novel in Edinburgh. I was surprised to learn that the city of Edinburgh had a fully organised and functioning police force a quarter of a century before London. I thought you might be interested in that small piece of histroical trivia.


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