Fast-Paced Action with Serial Killers

Recently, I did an interview with Indie Author Land

What make’s Emily Stone tick?  How do I balance my research and educational background with creating fiction? What’s more difficult editing or promotion? Find out!


Tell us about Dark Mind.
Vigilante detective Emily Stone 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.

What genre is it?
Dark Mind is a definitely a crime thriller with a touch of romance and humor.

What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Readers who want to be caught up and feel like they’re involved in the action and mystery of a story, and those who are interested in forensics and criminal profiling with enjoy it too.

Complete this sentence for us: If you like ___________, you’ll love Dark Mind.
Fast-paced action with serial killers.

Tell us about Emily Stone.
Emily Stone is a woman who hunts serial killers and child abductors.  She accomplishes this huge task covertly and under the radar of the police departments, sending them anonymous emails of her investigations.

As an ex-police officer with knowledge of forensics and criminal profiling, she fills a need and gives detectives extra help to the already overburdened and short-staffed police departments.  She has been referred to as a phantom detective and an angel of justice.

Most writers of similar novels struggle to make their fiction sufficiently realistic. With your background in forensics and criminology, I suspect this isn’t a problem for you. Do you ever have the opposite problem – ensuring your books aren’t too packed with technical jargon?
It makes it a little bit easier with my background, but I still do research.  My creative side always seems to challenge my criminologist side, so I make an extra effort to weave real crime scene aspects carefully throughout the story in order not to interrupt the flow of the book to keep the suspense moving.

There is probably nothing that most adults find more terrifying than the idea of a child killer. Do you ever worry that your stories might feel so real that parents out there won’t want to read them?
It is terrifying that there are real individuals out there that abduct and kill children.  I’ve made sure that my child abductors and killers are kept in the context of what happens afterward.  I do not write scenes describing the murder of a child at the time of the murder.  My stories are about the criminal mind (motivations, forensics and victims) and the woman who hunts these serial killers.

Writing a book is never easy, but other than that, what has been the toughest part – editing or marketing?
Tough question!  It is about 50/50 for me. I’m lucky to have editors and proofreaders, but it still comes down to my decision of when the book is ready.  That’s not always an easy task.  Marketing is never-ending, some of it I enjoy while at other times it’s like a full-time job and I feel like that time should be spent writing.  Such is the life of an indie!

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born and raised on the coast of California where I currently reside with my husband, two dogs, and two incorrigible cats.   I developed a love for books and writing at an early age.  When I’m not writing or consulting as a criminologist, I can be found trekking along the beach, hiking or taking photographs.

I hold a bachelor degree in police forensics, masters in criminology, certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling, and I’m a member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists.

Have you got a website where readers can keep up with your work?
I welcome questions and comments on my website/blog.

Where can we buy Dark Mind?
Dark Mind is available in from Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Sony, Kobo, and at most Internet and book retailers.

Which indie author should we interview next?
There are so many awesome indie authors out there and I cannot just pick one, so here are a few:
Castle Cape by C.L. Withers
The Exiled Element by John Betcher
A Touch of Greed by Gary Ponzo
Expert Witness by Rebecca Forster
Storm Warning by Kenneth Hoss (ED: you can find an interview with Kenneth Hoss here)

What’s next?
I’m just about to release my next Emily Stone Thriller, Dead Burn.  I’m also in the process of outlining and creating two other series, one crime and one paranormal.  Check back on my blog or subscribe to find out more details when they become available.


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About jchasenovelist

Published thriller author, criminologist, and blogger.
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