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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...
Cracking Agatha Christie’s Mysteries
From The Telegraph: [Agatha Christie’s] whodunit murder mysteries have confounded millions of armchair detectives, leading them through a literary maze of twists and turns before a super sleuth finally unmasks the culprit. … A panel of experts analysed 26 of the...
Dystopian Fiction in Uncertain Times
From The New Yorker: Here are the plots of some new dystopian novels, set in the near future. The world got too hot, so a wealthy celebrity persuaded a small number of very rich people to move to a makeshift satellite that, from orbit, leaches the last nourishment the...
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...
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...
The Lymond Chronicles Forever
If you decide to tackle the The Lymond Chronicles and Dorothy Dunnett’s brilliant writing, you won’t be disappointed. I have read the full series three times over and the first book more than double that. I read them late into the night, first thing in the morning, in...
A Prisoner’s Passion for Writing
From LitHub: As I write this piece, March Madness is taking place. It is 7 am and my fellow prisoners are gathered in the dayroom of the Cayuga Correctional Facility around a flatscreen TV, reliving last night’s basketball game. The final score was tallied eight hours...
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...
Bookstores Changing with the Times
Retail bookstores are changing with the times. Departing are bookstores that seem to sell everything but books. Arriving are bookstores offering unique experiences and friendly atmospheres while also recognizing the new age of indie author publishing and...
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...

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