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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A chance meeting that changed my life

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Publishing, Writing

Have you ever noticed how often life-changing events sneak in under our radar… cozying up and sinking in roots while our attention is distracted with details of lesser import? Back in 2012, somewhere behind my conscious endeavors, my writer’s life did a one-eighty and I didn’t even realize it until the last months of 2016. […]

In praise of the third rail

Many thanks to my readers! I’m so pleased that Nocturne In Ashes is finally out in print and digital form, and that so many of you have read and enjoyed it. During its premier week, it reached #11 in Amazon’s crime thriller category, shocking and surprising me in the best of ways. It’s thanks to […]