Friday, April 15, 2011
Interview with Crime Fiction Author & Criminologist Jennifer Chase
Jennifer Chase is the first member of the Aromas Hills Artisans to be interviewed by Joyce Oroz. Stay tuned for more AHA interviews in the future!
Are you trying to scare the whole world with your stories, or just me? (shiver)
I approach my stories like an amusement park ride, buy a ticket, take a ride, and have fun in the process, with ups and downs… until the grand finale. Hopefully, you’ll want to take that ride again!
Who is Sarge and why is he so special? Does he inspire dog participation in your stories?
Sarge is my one year old, black Labrador retriever. He is very special. A wonderful dog companion that acts sometimes as my creative consultant. My latest crime fiction story, Silent Partner, was loosely inspired by my previous black Lab. It’s a story about a police K9 officer who is on the trail of a serial killer.
Are you and Emily related?
This question makes me giggle. I wish I was like Emily, but she’s a lot tougher and smarter than I am. Emily Stone is my heroine in my thriller series, Compulsion and Dead Game. I created this character to anonymously hunt down serial killers and child predators, while secretly emailing the cops in charge with the documented information.
If you could live and write anywhere, where would you live and why?
I love where I live in California right now. But, if I had to choose my second favorite place, it would be in Kauai. I love the beautiful island atmosphere and it sparks a lot of creative inspiration for me.
Are you a fair-weather writer, or do you like to write when it rains?
I love to write when it’s raining, storming in fact. I find it more difficult to write when it’s sunny and warm outside because I want to be out enjoying the weather.
When you finally take a day or two off from writing, what do you like to do?
I write 5-6 days a week. When I’m not writing, I find myself getting out to enjoy a hike, the beach with my dogs, or focusing my creativity on photography.
Do policemen read your books?
Yes, they do! I’m very fortunate to have met police officers through my research that I can now call them friends. I’ve had police K9 officers give the thumbs up on Silent Partner and other officers are fans of Emily Stone.
Thank you, Jennifer for all the nightmares, I mean, thrills. Do you have another story planned to keep me awake all night?
Thank you so much for the opportunity to chat today. Yes, I’m currently working on a fiction/thriller (Emily Stone Series #3) and it should be available before the end of the year.
About the author:
Jennifer Chase holds a bachelor's degree in police forensics and a master's degree in criminology. Her intense curiosity in the psychological aspect of crime is what drives her to write crime fiction/. She is the author of Compulsion, Dead Game, and Silent Partner. She lives in California, where she's currently at work on her next book in the series.
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