Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and USA Today BestSelling 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.
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What made you decide to become a published author?
Books and reading have been a passion for as long as I can remember. I’ve always daydreamed of becoming a writer/author when I was young, but didn’t really consider it until later. I was in the corporate world. Accounting. Office management. Don’t get me wrong, it was great, and I’m thankful for such a great opportunities, but it wasn’t what I really wanted to do. I had written about a dozen screenplays and then I wrote my first novel, Compulsion. The rest, a difficult road at times, is history. I love what I do.
Where is your writing sanctuary?
I have a home office. It’s a place where I can concentrate and keep my focus. Procrastination is one of my writing nemesis. It’s my quiet sanctuary where I create tough and often scary characters.
What inspires you?
Everything. I find inspiration for my writing through everyday activities, going on walks, enjoying something beautiful like a sunset, going on errands, readings, news, and there are often little things that pop up that surprise me.
What is one thing you learned about your book after it was published?
I’ve learned that even though you become more experienced in writing a book—it’s still a big project and doesn’t get any easier as you write more.
Why do you love to write crime thrillers?
Why not? Seriously, I’ve always loved the crime element of the whodunit and bad guys, but the twist of thrills for the protagonist seeing how everything turns out.
You’re concocting a recipe for a best selling book. What’s the first ingredient?
That’s a tossup between coffee and ice cream J
What’s one fun fact about your book people should know?
In the Detective Katie Scott Thrillers, there is a K9 character, Cisco, which was her military K9 partner. I have trained in advanced dog training with several of my dogs and most of the exercises you read about—I’ve done.
Did any real life experiences find their way into your book?
Not this book. However, in my first published book, Compulsion, the answer is yes. There were a few scenes of events that actually happened to me.
Aside from writing, what’s your passion?
I love photography and dog training.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on book #5 in the Detective Katie Scott Series.
Half-buried in the muddy earth and surrounded by puddles of water lies the naked body of a beautiful young girl. Her pale skin looks like porcelain in the early morning light. Her fragile arms bent and crooked like a broken doll.
When Detective Katie Scott is called to the discovery of a young girl buried on the grounds of a former children’s home in Pine Valley, California, she’s hopeful it’s the end to a devastating cold case she’s been working on. No one has seen Candace Harlan since she ran away from Elm Hill Manor five years ago. Her death will be a tragedy, but it will also bring peace to those who miss her most. But the girl in the ground is not Candace.
The victim is almost identical to Candace in every way, but fear grips Katie as she takes in the black ink that decorates the girl’s back—a terrifying message tattooed on her skin after she drew her last breath.
Forcing down traumatic memories of losing her own parents, Katie is certain someone mistook this poor soul for Candace, and that this crumbling home for lost girls is at the heart of this terrible crime. She sets to work digging into the tragic history of the owners who lost so many children of their own and tracking down the last six residents and the staff who cared for them—but no one wants to talk, let alone remember.
The next day, as second girl’s body is found down by the creek at high water, the same words etched into her skin. Katie’s worst fear is confirmed: someone is picking off the last of the Elm Hill girls one by one. But what does the tattoo mean? And what monster would target these innocent girls who have already been through so much?
Katie must dig deep to confront her own fears and protect the vulnerable—but as the body count rises further, will there be anyone left to save?
An absolutely gripping, dark, and totally unputdownable serial killer thriller that will keep you racing through the pages all night long. Fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh will read in one sitting!
This novel is about Detective Kati Scott, Kati is a detective for the Pine Valley department. Her and partner work on solving cold cases together. Kati hasn’t had an easy life but things will be getting worst for her before getting any better. Kati has a lot of anxiety but she makes it work. She and her partner are put on a case where a girl from the past is found on the property of a former children’s home in Pine Valley. and it’s up to her and her partner to figure out who the killer is. This novel was so good. I was hooked from the start, I couldn’t stop reading I just need to find out what happens next with Katie and the case. Katie is a total badass. She is one strong lady. She is a very good female lead. I loved the story soo much it was full of suspense and mystery. I loved how it wasn’t very predictable. Things could change at any time and the ending was perfectly full of action. I really enjoyed this book. The writing was perfect and it flowed very well. This is my first Jennifer Chase book, I will definitely be looking for more. This book had everything I like action/mystery/romance/ suspense.
– 5 Star Review NetGalley
“A nail biting, suspense packed action crammed thriller that keeps you on edge…”
– 5 Star Review Amazon