Take a tour of The Tower

by JoslynChase, October 23, 2018 in New Release, Publishing, Suspense

Two years ago, I lived in the quaint and beautiful village of Burglengenfeld in Bavaria. There, the pace of life was slower, the surroundings harkening back to an Old World charm that I found utterly enchanting. During that time, an editor that I sometimes worked with suggested an opening line for a story that set […]

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 […]

4 Unexpected Benefits from reading thrillers

by JoslynChase in Learning, Reading, Suspense, thrill

You may think you’re reading just for enjoyment, and reading a good thriller should be a satisfying entertainment experience. But you’re getting a whole lot more out of it than you might think. For the quick version, click on the square above to watch the 2-minute movie I created. Then, for more detail, read the […]

Get ready for the August 8th release of Double Eclipse!

by JoslynChase in New Release, Reading, Suspense, Writing

Mystery + Thriller = double the excitement and double the suspense I’m pleased to announce there’s a book trailer, and it’s pretty sweet! Be sure to check it out. The story behind the stories Last September, I had the great privilege of attending a week-long mystery workshop with the lovely, prolific, and award-winning author and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]