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My path to becoming a writer was a long one. It started out by being stuck in a canoe with my parents who liked to fish. Bored silly, I made up stories in my head, which in my late teens and early twenties, I actually started to write down. But then life got busy. College. Work. Kids. You know.
I went on to build a successful career in technology, working for some pretty cool companies who produced some pretty awesome tech. Fresh off of a big project and feeling a little burned out, I started thinking about how there was something missing. Tech was great. My family was great, but I wanted something more. Something that felt like it was mine. Then I remembered how much I used to like to write.
I signed up for my first writing course through the University of Washington, and that’s when I rediscovered my passion for writing. It began with a story about a woman with a secret life. The book was called Deadly Lies, and as the story poured out onto the pages, for the first time, I knew what I was meant to do.
Hi. My name is Chris, and I like to write creepy thrillers. 😊
Readers describe my writing style as cinematic, and I suppose that’s true. As I’m writing, (usually in silence because dear god, I already have enough voices in my head) the story rolls through my mind like a movie reel, filled with complex plot lines, and real characters who have real problems, like Lacey James from Find Her.
Lacey’s a little like me. She loves her career and has two kids. She’s also a cop in her hometown (Sweet Home, Oregon). Her husband is in the military, and the distance between them is a problem. And one perfectly normal morning when Lacey gets a call about a burglary at the local hardware store… Well, suffice it to say that she’s got no idea what she’s in for as she starts to peel back the layers of this crime.
After reading Find Her, a few of my readers reached out, wanting to learn more about Lacey’s story, and that’s how the Lacey James Mysteries were born. Find Her is the first in series and there are at least two more coming.
I hope you love reading them as much as I loved writing them.
Chris Patchell is the award-winning, USA Today Bestselling author of five novels. A former tech worker turned author, Chris Patchell pens suspense novels set in the Pacific Northwest.
Her novels have been praised by Kevin O’Brien and Robert Dugoni, and her rich complex plot lines and well-drawn characters will keep you turning pages well into the night. When she’s not writing books or watching football, Chris is hanging out with her husband, kids, and two crazy dogs.
A Lacey James Mystery Book 1
by Chris Patchell
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
A simple heist at a hardware store uncovers a brutal crime spree leaving a police officer dead, several innocents murdered, and the small Oregon town of Sweet Home shaken to its core.
Veteran police officer Lacey James answers the call. The robbery suspect has fled, but the items she finds inside the car at the scene raise the hackles on the back of Lacey’s neck: a hammer, a tarp, zip ties, and a stolen gun. This discovery pushes her suspicions to an all-time high and has her questioning what dark and dangerous crimes this man may be involved in?
Eden Mills is smart, kind, and fun-loving. Not the kind to make enemies or run away. But Eden has a stalker, and when Lacey discovers that Eden is missing, possibly kidnapped, there is plenty of reason to fear the worst. As Lacey peels back the layers of the suspect’s crimes, her pursuit of the truth leads to unthinkable tragedy.
A colleague is dead. Her suspect isn’t talking. And time may be running out for Eden.
Can Lacey find her before one man’s obsession destroys more lives?
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