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Psychological Thriller / Mystery / Historical Fiction

J. S. Chapman

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J. S. Chapman

J. S. Chapman has been living in Paris, renting out a single room on the Left Bank, taking promenades along the Seine, throwing breadcrumbs to the pigeons, and pounding out novel after novel on an antique Underwood typewriter.

Imagination aside, she’s an American author of multiple genres. She’s also a screenwriter, artist, musician, stargazer, people watcher, dreamer, time traveler, and imaginarian.

She has a love for reading classic novels, not only because they’re gripping stories and bring you into other places and times, but because the authors were masters of their craft, knew how to spin a yarn, and could  manipulate the language and the rhythm of the story to draw you in and make you stay for the final page.

Her favorite authors are Daphne Du Maurier, Charlotte Brontë, John D. MacDonald, and Dorothy Dunnett. She also devours episodic TV series like Outlander, Game of Thrones, and Homeland. When it comes to her own writing, she tends toward the darker side with hard-hitting thrillers, mysteries, and suspense novels, though every now and then she strays.

You can take the girl out of the city … but you can’t take the city out of the girl. Born and raised in Chicago USA, she may be a suburban transplant but her heart still lives in the Windy City. She learned her street smarts the hard way while earning her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. After teaching in a Chicago public high school and working for big business, she now writes full time.

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The Creative Process
Ira Glass on the Creative Process: For the first couple of years that your trying to make stuff, what your making isn't so good. It's not that great. It's trying to be good, but you can tell what your making is a kind of a disappointment to you. A lot of people don't...
When Agatha Christie Went Missing
From OZY: In her favorite armchair, deep within the confines of her Berkshire home, Mrs. Archibald Christie leaned back and closed her eyes. In spite of the cozy fire, she shivered on the chilly December evening. Mentally, she replayed the whirlwind of events as best...
White Author Creating Black Characters
From BBC News: Author Anthony Horowitz says he was "warned off" including a black character in his new book because it was "inappropriate" for a white writer. The creator of the Alex Rider teenage spy novels says an editor told him it could be considered...
The Enigmatic Brontë Sisters
From The Daily Beast: The enduring fiction by the three Brontë sisters tells us that authors do not have to lead exciting lives to be great. As the Brontës prove, it’s the inner life that counts. Every so often, a new discovery comes along that reignites the question:...
Women Authors Writing Mysteries
From The Atlantic: Once upon a time, in the smoky, violent neverland of crime fiction, there were seductive creatures we called femmes fatales, hard women who lured sad men to their doom. Now there are girls. It started, of course, with Gillian Flynn, whose 2012...
Self-Publishing and Movie Deals
From The Guardian: After watching Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, self-published author Mark Dawson was inspired to create his own answer to the film’s heroine Beatrix “Black Mamba” Kiddo. And now Dawson – and his character government-employed assassin Beatrix Rose –...
Jane Austen’s Final Novel
From The New Yorker: On March 18, 1817, Jane Austen stopped writing a book. We know the date because she wrote it at the end of the manuscript, in her slanting hand. She had done the same at the beginning of the manuscript, on January 27th of that year. In the seven...
Where F. Scott Fitzgerald Found His Muse
From The Washington Post: In the summer of 1919, a brokenhearted 22-year-old Army lieutenant climbed to the third floor of his parents’ rowhouse in St. Paul, Minn., and began to write a novel. He pinned the outline of his manuscript to the curtains of the bedroom...
Shakespeare’s Works Lost Forever?
From the New York Post: April 23 [2016] marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The world will celebrate him as the greatest writer in the history of the English language. But his lasting fame wasn’t inevitable. It almost did not happen. On...
Stupid Grammar Advice
If you're a writer of novels or a writer of Facebook posts, forgot all the rules you learned from the Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White ... and just write! From The Chronicle of Higher Education: April 16 is the 50th anniversary of the publication of...

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