JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Jennifer Chase, author of Dark Mind
Vigilante detective Emily Stone continues her covert pursuits to find serial killers and child abductors, all under the radar while shadowing police investigations.
Emily searches for an abducted nine-year-old girl taken by ruthless and enterprising slave brokers. Following the clues from California to the garden island of Kauai, she begins to piece together the evidence and ventures deep into the jungle.
It doesn’t take long before Emily is thrown into the middle of murder, mayhem, and conspiracy. Locals aren’t talking as a serial killer now stalks the island, taking women in a brutal frenzy of ancient superstitions and folklore. Local cops are unprepared for what lies ahead. In a race against the clock, Emily and her team must identify the killer before time runs out.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Dark Mind?
Jennifer Chase: A few years ago, I was sitting on a beautiful deserted beach on Kauai, and my mind began to roll. I thought about what it would mean for a small island to have a serial killer on the loose. How would locals and cops handle this situation? Or, could they? The story idea continued to roll from there and Dark Mind was set into motion.
JP: What sets Dark Mind apart from other books in the same genre?
JC: Many detective thrillers are written from a detective, FBI agent, or private investigator’s point-of-view. Dark Mind delves into the more vigilante, pro-active, covert point-of-view as Emily Stone hunts serial killers and child abductors. She’s constantly being tested on her sense of duty and bringing killers to justice. She’s a phantom detective helping law enforcement.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Dark Mind getting out to the public?
JC: I’m still a bit new to the promotional and marketing process, but the Internet has opened up fantastic opportunities with little restrictions for authors. I find that consistency, determination, and freshening up content are key. Staying in tune with Facebook, Twitter, and an author blog is the lifeline to building a target audience for your book. All of these aspects have helped me immensely.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Dark Mind?
JC: I have to admit I’m an outliner type of person. I create a comprehensive outline that becomes the first choppy draft of my novel, and then I dive right into chapter writing. It takes on the average from book concept all the way through edits about eight months to complete a book.
JP: What’s next for Jennifer Chase?
JC: I’m in the beginning process of writing my next crime thriller, Dead Burn. It’s a new adventure for Emily Stone to solve about a pyro serial killer, secret government agencies, and a hitman.
Thank you so much for the opportunity to chat about my new crime thriller! I love to hear from readers!