Finally…my jaunt to a German castle

by JoslynChase, May 10, 2021 in Challenges, Travel

I’m so happy to report that I finally got out into the countryside and hiked to a German castle! Many of you know something about my challenges over the last several months. It’s been a grueling year for just about everyone, and I was by no means spared—stranded for over a week in the desert […]

Surprise! A new Story Power video

by JoslynChase, April 12, 2021 in Story Power

Do you love a surprise? There’s a new addition to my Story Power series of videos, and it’s all about surprise Some of a story’s most memorable moments strike us out of the blue. These surprises pack a punch, keeping us involved in what’s happening on the page and wanting to know more. When we’re […]

Questions raised…and answered in a story

by JoslynChase in Interview

A good story raises questions in the reader’s mind right off the bat and then provides answers in interesting and entertaining ways as the story progresses. Sometimes, writers have questions about their own characters and the answers are often found the same way—in moving forward through a story. That’s what Annie Reed did when she […]

Real life inspiration for crime stories

by JoslynChase in Interview

As a writer of mysteries, suspense, and thrillers, my feelers are always out for ideas. Fortunately—or to be more accurate, unfortunately—there’s plenty of real life inspiration for crime stories. When I interviewed author Jeff Elkins, he agreed, saying that he got the idea for his story that appears in the suspense-packed anthology, And Then There […]

Time to get Cozy!

by JoslynChase in New Release

Winter’s not over yet. There’s still snow on the ground from where I’m sitting. It’s a great time to get cozy and I’ve got the perfect way to do it! Mystery, Crime, and Mayhem magazine’s newest release is Crime in the Countryside, and it features my latest Cathryn Harcourt story, “Cromwell’s Echo.” Set in Ely, […]

Turning the page does not equal end of conflict

by JoslynChase in Challenges

As much as we all might have wished it, turning the calendar page from 2020 to 2021 did not lead to the end of conflict and difficulty. Not for me, anyway. There’s good news and bad news about that. The bad news is that hard times are continuing. The good news is that the story’s […]

More traveling in the time of Covid

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Travel

We are in the grip of a worldwide pandemic, many locations are in lockdown, and we’re all suffering from restrictions on personal freedom and movement. Yet I’ve crossed the Atlantic three times in as many months and I find it ironic that I’ve done more traveling in the time of Covid than I normally did […]

I got a Christmas surprise!

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Mystery, New Release

As we approach the end of 2020, I send out my best wishes to you all. I hope you’re doing well and enjoying the season. If you’re in my readers’ group, you’ll be getting my Christmas present right about now, and I’m happy to say I got a very welcome Christmas surprise myself! Many of […]

I like conflict so much better when it sticks to story

by JoslynChase in Challenges

When I complain about the bumps and bruises of life, my children like to remind me that I wouldn’t write it any other way. In life, we try to avoid conflict; in fiction, we demand it. But I like conflict so much better when it sticks to story! Many of you know that my husband […]

Travel in the time of Covid

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Travel, Writing

Bringing you the update on my whirlwind move to Germany. Travel in the time of Covid is not as easy as it used to be pre-pandemic. After 48 grueling hours on planes, buses, and automobiles, we finally arrived at our destination in Germany…only to be relegated to a hotel room for a two-week quarantine in […]