The spark that lights the torch

by JoslynChase, May 13, 2019 in Reading, Story Power, Suspense, Travel, Writing

Probably the question authors hear most from inquisitive readers is, “Where do you get your ideas?” And of course the quantity and variety of answers rivals the stars in the sky—the possibilities are endless. I write suspense fiction—mysteries, thrillers, capers, heists, and so on—which almost always involve a crime of some kind. May I suggest […]

Spring has put me in a rhyming mood

by JoslynChase in Reading, Storytelling, Suspense, Writing

It’s Spring, and Spring has truly sprung Don’t believe me? Ask my lungs Their wheeze and gasp is problematic It doesn’t pay to be asthmatic   And yet, my lack of air must not Unseat me from my writing spot I’ve words to craft and tales to tell And so, my friends, I’ll bear it […]

We are all connected

by JoslynChase in Learning, Reading

I attended a lovely memorial service last Sunday for a friend who recently passed away. It was marvelous to hear friends and family share memories of how this man had touched their lives. The room was spread with wonderful photographs, keepsakes, and items of significance that stood as a record, in part, of a life […]

How to use the power of storytelling in your life

by JoslynChase in Reading, Story Power, Storytelling

If you’ve been following this blog at all, you know I’m a big believer in the power of story. It’s a major focus of my work and my website and a fascinating topic in its own right—one I’m always interesting in exploring further. So when I came across this Ted Talk entitled, “The Magical Science […]

Getting serious about my series

by JoslynChase in Free Stuff, Reading, Writing

I just finished a five-day marathon of writing short stories for a Series workshop I attended. I had a great time and learned so much, plus I produced three new short stories that tie into some of the serieses (I understand this IS a word)  I’ve started. These companion short stories are a great way […]

Conflict: Who needs it?

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Learning, Reading, Story Power

It’s a fact few of us like to acknowledge, but we all need conflict. Conflict is what drives us to grow and change. It’s what shapes us and points us to the destiny we choose for ourselves according to how we handle that conflict. It’s hard and it hurts and nobody likes going through it, […]

Better than hot chocolate

What’s better than hot chocolate for warming the heart during the holiday season? Hint: It’s a no-calorie option and it works year-round. It’s the power of story. And it’s especially potent at Christmas time because we’re more in tune with the greatest of all stories—the one that underpins everything. In our family, we had a […]

Choice reveals the character

I’ve been perusing YouTube a lot this week, gathering research material for the book I’m currently writing. As I watch the videos, I’ve noticed a lot of thumbnails along the right side of my screen that claim they can determine my personality by the colors or pictures I choose out of a lineup. I don’t […]

For Love of Mystery

by JoslynChase in Reading, Story Power, Suspense, Thrill, Writing

Do you remember how you felt reading And Then There Were None? Or Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca? Or The Firm, Presumed Innocent, or A is For Alibi? Or any number of other brilliant and satisfying mystery stories out there for our reading pleasure? The magnetic pull of a good mystery is so compelling that as […]

A Trio of events on my writer’s journey

by JoslynChase in Challenges, Free Stuff, Reading, Suspense, Writing

Here’s the short version: I’m in a promo with Lisa Gardner! I’m featured in a guest post Down Under! I have a story up for a Reader’s Choice Award! I’m hoping you’ll check out the promo for a chance to win books and an eReader, that you’ll visit the Australian site to peruse my article […]