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Something About Me and My Book:
I hold a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master's degree in criminology. I have certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. I'm also an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.

I have an intense curiosity about crime and the varied connections between the actual crime and the criminal mind. This propelled me to go back to school and earn a Masters degree in criminology. My academic background has further helped to prepare me to write in the thriller and true crime genres.

I have a debut thriller novel out called "Compulsion". When Serial Killers Terrorize a California Beach Community, One Woman Stands in Their Way...

Emily Stone doesn’t have a badge. But that hasn’t stopped her from tracking down some of the West’s most dangerous child-killers. Armed with a digital SLR camera, laptop computer and her trusty Beretta, Stone uses her innate gift for detective work to identify the perps — and then anonymously e-mail the evidence to the cops.

Now, the hunt for two brazen serial killers on the loose right in her own coastal California town threatens to expose Stone’s identity — unraveling her carefully constructed cover and jeopardizing her life’s work. But when she gets too close to the action, this razor-sharp hunter becomes the hunted. Cooperating with the handsome local police detective could be the only hope for stopping the rampage directed at unsuspecting young women — and saving herself. Can they piece together the clues in time?

Compulsion mixes CSI-style investigation with a ripped-from-the-headlines plot and a dose of romance for a keeps-you-guessing, fast-paced and savvy thriller, right up until the shocking finale.

A Moment to Enjoy Photography

Photography has been a great recreation for most of my life, especially when I'm in the middle of a writing project. Writing at times can be stressful, particularly when I'm writing about grisly crime scenes and serial killers. It has been important for me to be able to take enjoyable, constructive breaks. Afterwards, I feel refreshed and ready to return to my current writing task with an energized new perspective.

I love being outdoors to enjoy nature and native wildlife. I'm very lucky to live so close to the California coast to enjoy the many beaches. There are literally unlimited photo opportunities around my area and I try to take every opportunity to capture the beauty that surrounds me. By taking the time to concentrate on a single flower or beautiful vista, it helps to regain a calming balance in my life.

I enjoy both color and black and white photography. Sometimes a photo will reveal more drama in a black and white format that might have been lost in the original version of vibrant colors. I try to find interesting photography subjects in landscapes, seascapes, and buildings to capture my feelings of the day.

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Silent Partner Took Home the Silver!

I’m very honored that SILENT PARTNER won the 2011 SILVER AWARD for BEST in SUSPENSE at Reader’s Favorite.  Thank you!  Congratulations to all winning authors!

This story was a very special project and close to my heart.

Here’s a recent blog post about this book:…


Posted on August 31, 2011 at 3:24pm

How Many Characters Do You Kill in a Thriller Novel?

I’ve had this question posed to me recently and I actually had to stop and really think about it. 

How many characters are too many to kill off in a thriller novel? 

Is there a minimum number of murders to a thriller novel?

My first answer was… I’m not really sure.  I don’t think there is a special number of appropriate deaths for thriller or suspense…


Posted on August 31, 2011 at 3:19pm

How Much Research is Essential for a Crime Thriller?

I love to conduct research.  This can be a thorn in a writer’s side, but I really enjoy this part of the creative process.  Just think about it… you learn something new every time you research.  You can actually learn a new fact today you didn’t know yesterday. 

It’s quite amazing when you begin to outline the story you want to write, you realize all the little details that you need to research to give your story that added dimension. 

Even though I’ve studied…


Posted on August 19, 2011 at 11:04am

Change the Perspective of Your Characters

When I began developing my characters for my Emily Stone Series, I found it quite helpful to outline the main characters from various perspectives.  Sometimes with recurring characters, a scene might become flat and you’re not…


Posted on August 10, 2011 at 3:56pm

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In her independent efforts to catch child killers, Emily Stone discovers the evidence that the cops can’t—or won’t—uncover. Now, this covert investigator is back on the hunt for the world’s most sick and twisted murderers. But even with help from ex-police…


Posted on June 21, 2011 at 9:30pm

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At 5:03pm on April 05, 2010, Kate L gave Jennifer Chase a gift
I just wanted to introduce myself and my blog, The Book Buff: Book Reviews for Regular People. Check it out at
At 9:07am on March 26, 2010, Author Collective said…
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At 3:24pm on March 7, 2010, Andrea Campbell said…
Just stopped by to say, "Hello."

I blog on a women's crime site, perhaps one day you might like to come by and talk about criminology. See:

I can be found at:
At 2:57pm on September 29, 2009, John Cmint said…
Hi Jennifer,

Congratulations on your novel, Compulsion. I just wanted to mention to you a website I built called It's for authors to promote their book. You do so by posting your book's first chapter, giving readers a peek into your book. The site is free and the list of books is growing, so please check it out. :) BTW, good luck with your book!

p.s. You can also check out this blog post on the Already Published Ning Network, I explain how to post your book. You can also learn more about the website there.

At 5:59pm on August 31, 2009, Cheryl said…
It's nice to meet you as well
At 9:02pm on March 14, 2009, Karen M. Bence said…
Hi Jennifer, Thanks so much! I was quite excited to learn that Midnight Revelations ended up as a finalist in the ForeWord Magazine contest! Thrilling since it is my first novel. Are you going to the BEA this year? If so, would love to meet you in person.
At 2:16pm on March 12, 2009, Andrea Campbell said…
Stop by to see a site I blog for: They are some of the best women in the crime industry today.

At 3:15pm on March 3, 2009, Bert Martinez said…
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At 1:00pm on February 25, 2009, Geoff Nelder said…
Thanks for the friendly, Jennifer.


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