Stalking The Wild Story Idea

by JoslynChase, July 10, 2018 in Story Power, Writing

I’m never at a loss for story ideas. At any given time I have at least half a dozen bubbling on my back burner. On the other hand, I deal with a constant demand for more stories to feed the magazines I market to, the books I indie publish, and the stories I write as […]

Dishing out the ear candy

by JoslynChase, June 26, 2018 in Free Stuff, Reading, Story Power, Storytelling

Once upon a time, there was a carpet merchant. He had his small business, a beautiful daughter, and a bad habit of borrowing money from a loan shark to keep his business running. When the sum owed was quite large, the loan shark came to collect. The lender was a crafty fellow. He’d had his […]

Story is the beating heart of human experience

by JoslynChase in Story Power, Storytelling

There are people you know, that you’ve never met. Yet you’ve shared moments with them, and been touched by them, in a real way. You know them through their stories. These are people whose biographies you’ve read, or perhaps you watched a movie based on their lives. Or you’ve read scriptural accounts. Or maybe you’ve […]

My newest murder mystery just released!

by JoslynChase in New Release, Reading, Writing

Ever wondered what life at an artist retreat is like? What about an artist retreat visited by murder most foul? Introducing a new character, and a new series, Death of a Muse is the story of a cat and a damaged artist, both wrestling with death. Here’s the teaser David Peeler, a sculptor poised for […]

Are you feeling it?

Why do we spend time reading a book or watching a movie? Why do we invest ourselves in a good story? The reasons tie into the same motivations that spur us to eat, build a shelter over our heads, and make babies. Survival—and because it feels good. In fact, these survival tactics feel good to […]

My love affair with suspense

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Reading, Suspense, thrill

Suspense and I, we go way back. I’ve been in love with suspense fiction for as long as I can remember. I learned to read at age four, but I recall afternoon naptimes before that when my mother would fall asleep with the storybook in her lap, freeing me to peruse the bookshelves at my […]

Getting a glimpse of the big picture

by JoslynChase in Reading, Story Power, Writing

Have you ever tried looking at those Magic Eye posters? You start by wondering what images the bright colors and abstract shapes are hiding, then you relax your eyes and shift your focus until the picture materializes, sharp and three-dimensional. It’s a pretty cool experience, and though their big wave of popularity has long since […]

Does Joslyn Do Dragons?

Not really, no. So why do I have a new dragon story that I’m giving away to my readers? Check out the trailer and get your free copy, but be sure to come back and get the story behind the story. BENEATH BABYLON So what’s the story behind the story? I was recently invited, by the […]

Hook, line, and story problem

by JoslynChase 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 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 […]