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10 Things You Might Not Know About Jennifer Chase

  • I always write my novels in my bare feet. It’s just comfortable and I’ve been doing that for as long as I can remember. It has happened once or twice that I had to put on a pair of socks if the winter is extra cold.
  • I was born and raised in California, and currently reside there. But, I’ve lived in Oklahoma and Colorado for a short period of time.
  • I’ve had dogs in my entire life ever since I was two years old. My first dog was a Golden Retriever.
  • I won an open tennis tournament when I was fourteen years old.
  • I thought seriously about becoming a veterinarian because of my love for animals.
  • I don’t drink coffee! I love the smell of freshly ground coffee, hate the taste with a passion, but I’ve been known to eat coffee ice cream on a whim. A little bit crazy—I know.
  • I write left handed, but I’m ambidextrous in most activities.
  • My favorite city in California is Santa Barbara.
  • The snack I like to eat I’m writing is black licorice—especially when I write about serial killers.
  • I love to write when it’s raining.

About the Author

Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells. In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling.  She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: https://authorjenniferchase.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JChaseNovelist

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferChase/

About the Book

On the floor, amongst the piles of freshly pressed laundry, lay the woman’s lifeless body, her pale yellow nightdress soaked in blood.
“I didn’t do it…” came a whisper from the corner of the room.

Detective Katie Scott has never seen two people more in love than her aunt and uncle as they danced on the decking the night of their wedding anniversary party. But the next morning, when Katie finds her aunt’s body sprawled across the floor, that perfect image is shattered forever.

All fingers point to Katie’s uncle, Pine Valley’s beloved sheriff and protector – after all, his prints are all over the antique knife found at the scene. Grieving, but certain of her uncle’s innocence, Katie is consigned to the cold case division after she’s discovered searching the house for clues. Does someone want to keep her as far away from this investigation as possible?

Ignoring warnings from her team, Katie digs into her uncle’s old case files and discovers photographs of the body of a young girl found tied to a tree after a hike in search of a rare flower. Her body is covered with the same unusual lacerations her aunt suffered. Katie knows it can’t be a coincidence, but every lead she follows takes her to a dead end.

Moments before the sheriff is arrested, Katie realizes that a single piece of thread she found at the crime scene could be the missing link that will stitch old crimes to new. But how can she prove her uncle’s innocence without throwing herself directly into the line of fire? She doesn’t have a choice, he’s the only family she has left

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Rie Sheridan Rose multitasks. A lot. Her short stories appear in numerous anthologies, including Nightmare Stalkers and Dream Walkers Vols. 1 and 2, and Killing It Softly Vols. 1 and 2. She has authored twelve novels, six poetry chapbooks, and lyrics for dozens of songs. These were mostly written in conjunction with Marc Gunn, and can be found on “Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits” and “Pirates vs. Dragons” for the most part–with a few scattered exceptions.

Her favorite work to date is The Conn-Mann Chronicles Steampunk series with five books released so far: The Marvelous Mechanical Man, The Nearly Notorious Nun, The Incredibly Irritating Irishman, The Fiercely Formidable Fugitive, and The Elderly Earl’s Estate.

Rie lives in Texas with her wonderful husband and several spoiled cat-children.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: https://riewriter.com/  and https://theconnmannchronicles.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RieSheridanRose

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheConnMannChronicles/

Interview:

Would you call yourself a born writer?

I don’t know if I would characterize it quite that way…but I do know that as soon as I could formulate an answer to the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” the answer always included “And a writer.”

What was your inspiration for The Marvelous Mechanical Man?

There were several things that went into it. First, it was November, and I needed a National Novel Writing Month project. My writing partner suggested I try Steampunk as it was a genre I liked, but hadn’t really written in. It sounded like fun. The Steampunk I had read was mostly dark, except for Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate books, so I decided to follow her lead and be less gritty. I, being a masochist, also decided to experiment with First Person PoV, because I had never tried to do a long form in that style. That turned out to be a brilliant decision, because Josephine Mann was born, and she had a great deal to say.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

The first draft took thirty days—being a NaNoWriMo project—but polishing and edits probably took at least another six months. All said and done, this was probably nine months from start to first publication, and then a touch-up before its re-release.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

God no. The only time I am even half-way disciplined is November, and that doesn’t always work out to words hitting page. In my defense, I edit for two small presses as well as my own writing, and I am chief cook and bottle-washer…but that is really no excuse. Many authors can juggle better than I can. I am literally floored by the productivity of some of my peers, but I am more of a “when the mood strikes me” sort of writer. I really need to try the scheduled route.

A typical writing day is to sit at the keyboard and stare at the page until I work up the courage to put a word down. Often I will read over the end of the day before to remember where I was going, and then I will write until I am called to do something else or get bored.

That’s a terrible answer, but it’s probably why I am not publishing more…

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

As I say, there were several challenges about this book. First was capturing New York in 1874. I wanted it to be as true to period as possible while still exploring the tropes of Steampunk. I do a lot of research, even though there is a lot of the fantastic involved—like Phaeton, the Marvelous Mechanical Man, himself. There is no scientific reason for why he works…he just does.

Writing a young woman who grew up in the sheltered confines of a convent and yet has been fending for herself for a few years was also a challenge. Keeping Jo believable was important, but she does tend to get kidnapped a lot…

What do you love most about being an author?

Two things—creating my own worlds, and meeting people to share them with. I love going to conventions and introducing people to my characters and places. I also love challenging myself to try new genres and methods. So far, only mystery eludes me, but I am hoping the next book changes that.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

All of my work has been with small presses or self-published. Sometimes I wish I had pushed for the top, but I am generally happy with where I am.

Specifically with The Marvelous Mechanical Man (and the rest of The Conn-Mann Chronicles) the first editions of the first two books were released by a small press, but I realized that I could dedicate more time and energy to promotion and other aspects than my publisher could. She had a hundred or so authors to promote, and I had just me. So, I got the rights back on those first two books, and I have been self-publishing the series ever since. I have been very pleased with the results. Sure, I would love to have more sales—who wouldn’t? But I have the freedom to try crazy things like the three teas I have had developed for my characters, or the toy kittens that sell like hot-cakes at conventions. Jo and I are plugging away on Book Six, and her friend Winifred has her own story releasing soon.

Title: THE MARVELOUS MECHANICAL MAN
Author: Rie Sheridan Rose
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 270
Genre: Steampunk Adventure Romance

BOOK BLURB:

The Marvelous Mechanical Man is the first book in a Steampunk series featuring the adventures of Josephine Mann, an independent woman in need of a way to pay her rent. She meets Professor Alistair Conn, in need of a lab assistant, and a partnership is created that proves exciting adventure for both of them.

Alistair’s prize invention is an automaton standing nine feet tall. There’s a bit of a problem though…he can’t quite figure out how to make it move. Jo just might be of help there. Then again, they might not get a chance to find out, as the marvelous mechanical man goes missing.

Jo and Alistair find themselves in the middle of a whirlwind of kidnapping, catnapping, and cross-country chases that involve airships, trains, and a prototype steam car. With a little help from their friends, Herbert Lattimer and Winifred Bond, plots are foiled, inventions are perfected, and a good time is had by all.

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For many years, MaryAnn Kempher lived in Reno Nevada where most of her stories are set. Her books are an entertaining mix of mystery and humor. She lives in the Tampa Florida area with her husband, two children, and a very snooty Chorkie.

WEBSITE & SOCIAL LINKS:

Website: http://www.mkempher.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryAnnKempher/

 

Can we begin by having you tell us how you came up with that wonderful title?

MaryAnn: My main character has a love of Starbucks. It is her weakness. The murder happens at night under the moonlight. So, Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder.

Can you tell us a little about the main characters?

MaryAnn: The two main characters are Katherine O’Brian and Scott Mitchell. For their own reasons, neither finished college. Now, they meet in the last class they both need for their degrees. They start out as friends and become friends who fall in love. The path is bumpy and funny. While their love story unfolds, a mystery develops. Katherine has a stalker, the man she saw disposing of a dead body.

They say all books of fiction have at least one pivotal point where the reader just can’t put the book down. Can you tell give us one of the pivotal points in your book?

MaryAnn: I think that point depends on the reader and what they like the most, romance or mystery. When Scott and Katherine first meet, it’s funny and maybe that’s when some people become hooked. On the other hand, it might be when Katherine stumbles upon the killer as he disposes of his victim, which happens early in the story.

Can you explain to us why it was important for you to write your story?

MaryAnn: I don’t have a deep answer. I just know that once I start a book, I have to finish writing it. And once done, I feel so complete.

What are you working on now?

MaryAnn: Two main characters from book two through seven are getting their own series. Trust me, anyone who has read those books will be thrilled. These two characters are liked very much.

Final question: do you have any advice for the yet-to-be-published writers?

MaryAnn: Assuming the book is finished and you are self-publishing, pay to get it professionally edited and proofread. This can be expensive, but it’s worth it. Also, pay for a professional cover. Give a lot of thought to the back-cover blurb. The first thing people see is the cover, then what do they do? They read the blurb. So, both are extremely important.

All of the above, except the cover, still applies for those seeing to have their book traditionally published. If you are, and are lucky enough to have an  agent request a partial and then a full, you’ll want your book to be highly polished before sending to that agent.

About the Book

One night, 28-year-old, Katherine O’Brian, decides to walk to an all-night diner. The only problem? It’s midnight, but Katherine lives in Reno Nevada, a city that never sleeps; she can clearly see the diner’s lights in the distance. It’s no big deal, until she passes someone’s garage where a man is loading a dead body into the trunk of his car.

And now, she’s in trouble. She outran the man that night, and while she has no idea who he is, he knows who she is. And he wants her dead.

As if attempts on her life weren’t stressful enough, Katherine has gone back to college. She’s determined to finally finish her degree, but her lab partner is driving her crazy. He’s hot, but annoying. And she’s not sure which she wants more—a night of mad, passionate sex or a new lab partner. It varies from day to day.

Will Katherine give in to her lust for her partner or will she give in to her desire to throttle him? If she’s in the ground before graduation, it won’t matter.
Not your typical romance, not your typical mystery.

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