Suspense / Police Procedural / K9
Date Published: December 2015 2nd Edition
One Cop, One Serial Killer, One Witness
Who Will Survive?
Northern California’s elite Police K9 Units arrive at an abandoned warehouse after a high-speed chase and apprehend two killers after they have fled a grisly murder scene. This barely scratches the surface of a bloody trail from a prolific serial killer that leads to unlocking the insidious secrets of one family’s history, while tearing a police department apart.
Jack Davis, a top K9 cop with an unprecedented integrity, finds himself falling for a beautiful murder suspect and struggling with departmental codes.
Megan O’Connell, suffering from agoraphobia, is the prime murder suspect in her sister’s brutal murder.
Darrell Brooks, a psychopath who loves to kill, is on a quest to drive Megan insane for profit.
Everyone is a suspect. Everyone has a secret. Someone else must die to keep the truth buried forever. Silent Partner is a suspense ride along that will keep you guessing until the bitter end.
Jennifer Chase is an award-winning author and consulting criminologist. She has authored five crime fiction novels, including the award-winning Emily Stone thriller series along with a screenwriting workbook.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor degree in police forensics and a Master's degree in criminology and criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent sociopath, 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.
For more info: www.authorjenniferchase.com
Steps for Writing in the Moment A few years ago, I discovered the term “mindfulness” and incorporated it into my everyday life. It has helped me to combat anxiety issues. It means what it implies. On one level, it means paying attention to details of what’s going on around you at any given time, but on a much deeper level, it brings a conscious awareness to a “moment-by-moment” basis. It’s where you pay attention to what’s happening right now, but in a non-judgmental way and allowing things to be what they are to you.
Writing is a demanding, but an absolutely fulfilling profession. I wanted to take the “in the moment” or “mindfulness” into my writing. When I finished my fourth Emily Stone Novel, where the term thriller is taken to new levels as she chases after serial killers and she sometimes gets too close to them, almost feeling their breath or touch. By tapping into the experience with emotion and observation, you can build a thrilling scene.
As I’ve briefly outlined my chapters and scenes, I found myself creating the suspense and tension of the storyline. I take a moment to view things from my heroine’s perspective of “in the moment” techniques. It really gets the writing juices flowing.
For example, if a protagonist has found a new clue that can track down the killer.
* What does he/she do?
* How will he/she move forward in a moment-by-moment way?
* Break down the scene into action/reaction from beginning to end. The beginning is when he/she finds the clue and the end is the result you want them to accomplish.
* What are some of the observations, emotions, and details he/she can accomplish in this particular task?
Now take this writing task a step further and into your own day.
* Write the “in the moment” observations of a typical day for you.
* Create a scene when you run errands, watch your favorite movie, or take a lunch break with a friend.
* Write everything down that you observe.
* What are the moment-by-moment actions that happen?
I have found that by writing in the moment, you discover not only things about yourself, but also about your characters in your stories. The next time you feel that little procrastination bug nipping at you, pull back, and write in the moment.
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