When I first decided to write a full-length novel, I did not initially plan to write a series. I had a different serial killer story idea with a strong female protagonist, and I wanted to write about it. It was as simple as that. I do now see the error of my ways, but I think in the end it all worked out. I spent a fair amount of time thinking about Compulsion before I wrote anything down on paper. In retrospect, I think I was planning a series all along and did not even know it!
“It’s not every day when a writer creates a character powerful enough to drive a novel; when that character is also powerful enough to drive a series, it’s an incredibly rare treat.”
I have received many questions, emails, and comments about Emily Stone, why I chose to write about her, and if she was anything like me. My answer for the past five years has always been the same – Emily Stone is much more intelligent and tougher than I am. In all seriousness, I have been influenced by an abundance of thriller novels and action movies my entire life. I wanted to bring a character to the playing field that actually hunts the serial killers who are searching for new victims.
“Emily will have to use every weapon in her arsenal, and walk both sides of the law, in order to come out of this one alive.”
The reason why I thought about the storyline for so long before I jumped in and wrote the first Emily Stone novel is that there were many things that I had to consider. How would she be able to accomplish this? What would her weapons and communications be? What I found out was that the character of Emily Stone could drive an entire series with new adventures and different characters the met along the way. It challenged me to make sure that each Emily Stone novel could stand alone and I have strived to accomplish that feat. There are several more novels slated with Emily Stone in the future.
“It is not only an excellent continuation of Stone’s story, but a wonderful stand-alone mystery as well.”
Latest REVIEW on Amazon for DEAD BURN:
“It’s not every day when a writer creates a character powerful enough to drive a novel; when that character is also powerful enough to drive a series, it’s an incredibly rare treat. Jennifer Chase is one of those authors, and Emily Stone, the star of four of her detective novels, is most certainly one of those characters.
Blond and beautiful, Stone has the looks of a swimsuit model, the heart of a vigilante and a mind sharp enough to outwit the craftiest criminals in California. In her view, the only thing worse than those who prey on women and children is a justice system that lets let them get away with it, and that’s precisely what happens in the case of Timothy Devlin.
Devlin believes himself to be untouchable, and when he is acquitted of a brutal rape, it seems he is right. But Devlin is about to find out that there are things a lot worse than a jail cell. Immediately following the trial, a serial killer starts picking off everyone associated with the case, beginning with Devlin’s crafty and completely unethical attorney. The killer considers himself righteous, purging the world of sinners. He traps his victims, then sets them afire, leaving them burnt to a crisp and investigators baffled.
Emily wants nothing more than to catch the arsonist before he strikes again, but she soon finds herself in another equally desperate situation. GATE, a government anti-terrorist unit, wants her to work for them, and to ensure her compliance they have abducted her partner, Rick. Emily will have to use every weapon in her arsenal, and walk both sides of the law, in order to come out of this one alive.
Whether you are a fan of gory slasher stories or the thinking person’s whodunit, Dead Burn will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is not only an excellent continuation of Stone’s story, but a wonderful stand-alone mystery as well. I promise you this—if you haven’t already read the first three books, you will after reading this Dead Burn!”
~ Reviewer Dana Micheli, Writers in the Sky
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