Hook, line, and story problem

by JoslynChase, March 13, 2018 in Reading, Suspense, thrill

Story Power gurus, from ancient times to modern days, proclaim the universal truth that nothing hooks and holds human attention like story. If you’ve ever damaged a tooth or had a sore spot or irregularity in your mouth, you can attest to the fact that your tongue will seek it out, poking and exploring. It’s […]

Anticipation, learning, and a lot of fun!

by JoslynChase, February 27, 2018 in Publishing, Reading, Writing

As I release this post, I am in the midst of a week spent with the editors of WMG Publishing, participating in one of the most interesting, informative, and entertaining experiences I’ve yet had as a writer. I’m sitting elbow-to-elbow with some of today’s best writers, listening to and learning from some of today’s best […]

Guess what happened to me on the way to the grocery store?

by JoslynChase in Learning, Reading, Teaching

Okay, so I’ve always had a flair for the dramatic, I’ll admit it. Since I was kid, I loved telling stories, and everything is fodder for my story mill. I remember returning from a trip to southern California when I was 14. Our family went out to dinner and I entertained the entire restaurant with […]

Come on, baby, light my fire!

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Reading, Suspense, Writing

Sun Tzu, the Chinese general and military strategist said: “What enables the wise sovereign and the good general to strike and conquer, and achieve things beyond the reach of ordinary men, is foreknowledge.” I think we can all agree that knowing, in advance, what will win would be valuable indeed. But a writer, writing for […]

My latest story is up for a Reader’s Choice award, and I’m asking for your help.

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Reading, Teaching

  Here’s the teaser… Locked inside the cold, metal walls of an abandoned warehouse, Homicide Detective, Adam Carson, wakes up on the wrong side of a gun. In the course of a morning, his wife leaves him, an assailant abducts him, and the unknown person  behind the gun treats him to breakfast. One that wreaks […]

Frightfully fantastic, full of fun, and far beyond fundamental

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Publishing, Travel, Writing

Remember that moment in Star Wars when the Millennium Falcon suddenly goes into hyperdrive? Fantastic enough to be hurtling through space, but lightspeed acceleration bumped it up into a whole new, epic dimension. Translated into writing terms, that’s what I just experienced over the last eight days. I was lucky enough to be included in […]

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it’s what makes a story live and breathe.

by JoslynChase in Reading, Suspense, thrill

Fascinating and vivid description is lovely. Scintillating dialogue is a definite plus. Intimate peeks into characterization are wonderful to have in a story, but what keeps us turning the pages is that curiosity, the desire to answer the burning question… What happens next? Pretty much every kind of story benefits from the addition of surprise, […]

It’s October…and I’m in a horror bundle!

by JoslynChase in Reading, thrill

You can find it pretty much wherever books are sold, including Amazon, Bundle Rabbit, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iBooks. Get into the spirit of spooky and gear up for Halloween with this huge bundle of horror. Mwahaha!!

Back from the coast and boy, oh boy!!

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Reading, Travel, Writing

What a marvelous experience. I went to learn a lot about writing mysteries and thrillers—and I did. I went to meet a lot of great writers and benefit from their experience—and I did. I went to stretch myself beyond my comfort zone and grow, as a writer—and did I ever! Learning at the feet of […]

I’m opening a new chapter in my book of learning

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Publishing, Writing

As a result of my chance meeting with Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith, and Shawn Coyne,  I took a different route on my journey to becoming a published author–one I never thought I’d tread. Seen from my position on low ground, it appeared utterly unachievable by someone like me. “It always seems impossible until […]