Thrilled to see my guest essay on writers keeping the faith despite self-doubt on Psychology Today! Here's an excerpt:
"I’m ten years old. My Big Ben-style alarm clock has stopped working. Maybe I wound it too tightly, maybe it’s just worn out. Whatever the reason, the alarm hasn’t gone off in days.
I know I can fix it, if only I can get a look inside. When I tell my …Continue
Added by Karen Dionne on January 30, 2013 at 12:04am — No Comments
Statistics regarding crime consistently bear out the fact that illegal activity is higher during the warmer months of the year. It could be that the hot temperatures have everyone irritated and on edge, so violence is more likely. Some blame the fact that…Continue
Added by Jennifer Chase on January 27, 2013 at 8:38am — No Comments
Added by Jennifer Chase on January 27, 2013 at 8:37am — No Comments
Thank you to everyone who has visited and subscribed to my blog – it doesn’t go unappreciated. When I first decided to create a blog, I was apprehensive at first. Well let’s get serious, I was terrified. I thought I’d be writing articles just for myself and no one would care about the posts I wrote, but I was…Continue
Added by Jennifer Chase on January 11, 2013 at 7:19am — No Comments
Every week seems to bring a new story of how advances in forensic technology are bringing closure to cold cases that had been held in police files without leads for ten years, twenty years, or longer. The scientific community and law enforcement are working together to bring closure to families who just a few years ago may have thought the ability…Continue
Added by Jennifer Chase on January 11, 2013 at 7:18am — No Comments
From time to time, people argue about whether writers can evoke something they've never experienced. I have friends in the writing community who take classes in how to shoot a gun, sign up to go rock climbing, and (of course) travel to faraway places in order to write realistically about a subject.
We know, though, that writers must also use their imagination to create scenes and characters they can't actually visit: battles are pretty much out for me, as is being a teen-aged boy…Continue
Added by Peg Herring on November 26, 2012 at 10:47pm — No Comments
Emily Stone is a woman with three independent novel adventures and a growing list of captured serial killers to prove it. Every case, every missing child, and every serial killer stalking victims on the west coast…Continue
Added by Jennifer Chase on November 16, 2012 at 1:27pm — No Comments
None of us started where we want to be in our chosen profession. We have to take courses, practice a skill, develop a good reputation with clients, or a variety of other activities that…Continue
Added by Jennifer Chase on November 16, 2012 at 1:26pm — No Comments
Crime scenes aren’t as cut and dry as one might think. There are many variables and each one should be carefully identified, searched, documented, and processed correctly. The process doesn’t flow like the…Continue
Added by Jennifer Chase on November 7, 2012 at 5:06am — No Comments
How much prison time should be considered appropriate for the murder of an infant? Yes, there must be consideration for intent, maliciousness, premeditation of this act . . . but what is the ballpark? Five years? Ten years? Twenty? Maybe life?
Well, how about ninety days in prison for the death of a six-month-old girl? That is the sentence handed down to a teen dad in Colorado after…Continue
Added by Jennifer Chase on October 25, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments
Fingernails slowly dragged down a chalkboard, a shrieking woman, or that high-pitch sound of a drill makes us cringe on the spot and cower in disgust. Even pressing your hands against your ears does not seem to help. Okay, I admit it, I like to find weird and unusual science stuff in addition to my crime…
Added by Jennifer Chase on October 25, 2012 at 6:59am — No Comments
A whole host of titles in the popular DI Andy Horton crime series by Pauline Rowson are to be released over the next eight months.Responding to demand Severn House Publishers is to publish the new DI Andy Horton crime novel, Undercurrent, the ninth in the series, in the UK in January 2013 and in the USA in May 2013. They have also…Continue
Added by Pauline Rowson on October 5, 2012 at 7:41pm — No Comments
You probably have seen an episode of Law and Order: SVU or Criminal Minds during which the police psychologist explains a brain scan of an accused criminal to a packed courtroom. It makes for great television, but does this premise reflect real…Continue
Added by Jennifer Chase on September 29, 2012 at 6:49am — No Comments
A HEALTHY FEAR OF MAN, the second novel in the Paul Little series is available on Amazon.
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"There’s a nether world of bars with crooked doors, gum smacking medical examiners, and people with odd ideas acting on them. They populate byways we’d be best to avoid and…Continue
Added by Aaron Philip Clark on September 19, 2012 at 2:53pm — No Comments
I'm delighted to announce that I have signed a contract with my publisher Severn House for the next in the DI Andy Horton series of marine mystery crime novels set on the South Coast of England.
Undercurrent is the ninth crime novel to feature the flawed and rugged DI Andy Horton and is set in Portsmouth, UK. It is to be published in the UK January 2013 and in the USA in July 2013. It is…Continue
Added by Pauline Rowson on September 18, 2012 at 12:01am — No Comments
Each stage of writing a novel for me brings with it a range of different emotions. These range from excitement and frustration, to relief, doubt and fear, plus a whole lot in between.
I'm currently working on the tenth in the DI Andy Horton series and the theme is developing nicely.Eager to begin writing I don't wait until I have a complete outline. I don't even wait until I have conducted all my research and I certainly have no idea at this stage who the killer is and why. All I know…Continue
Added by Pauline Rowson on August 29, 2012 at 6:51pm — No Comments
I was invited to Paul D. Brazill's blog where I chat about my love of crime fiction and other things. Read here.
Added by Aaron Philip Clark on August 25, 2012 at 4:16am — No Comments
When I outline bad guys for my novels, it often reads like a police rap sheet and a psychological profile. I can’t overstate the effectiveness for research and outlining in fiction writing. There’s always those little pieces of nuggets that you can weave into the story that gives it the added realism and authenticity. These nuggets are like pieces of gold for me and I love hunting for…Continue
Added by Jennifer Chase on August 22, 2012 at 3:31am — No Comments
I'm often asked how I go about planning a novel.When starting a fresh crime novel (as I am now, having recently finished writing the ninth in the DI Andy Horton series) I have the basic idea in mind. I will start to flesh this out using spider grams and time lines to work up the basic plot lines and character outlines, working in pencil on recycled pieces of A4 paper.
Often I will create some characters who won’t appear in the novel at all because by the time I start to write the…Continue
Added by Pauline Rowson on August 10, 2012 at 6:28pm — No Comments
As we approach the end of the summer movie season, I’ve had some thoughts about what makes a classic on-screen villain. I’ve often heard interviews with actors who say that the bad guy is the most fun to play, and I understand why. They are fascinating!
There are the villains…Continue