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Pseudonym: nom de plume/pen name, alias
Short version: Chandler Steele is a pen name. The actual person behind the Veritas Series is me.
And Who Am I?
Jana Oliver. I’ve been in the publishing biz since 2001, been writing since 1998. My books have been published by small presses, big presses and independently. My most successful endeavor to date is the Demon Trappers, which is a young adult urban fantasy series and has been published worldwide. I’ve won quite a few awards, including ones in the mystery genre. In short, I’m not a newbie.
Why Publish Under Another Name?
Why did I create Chandler and keep her a secret? Much like J.K. Rowling (though my royalty checks are **considerably** less hefty), I wanted to do something new without any preconceived notions as to what the story might contain. Rowling knew her fame with Harry Potter colored readers’ expectations of her Cormoran Strike series, so she published as Robert Galbraith. These books are classic British mysteries, set at a different pace than the Potter ones, with not a jot of magic or the paranormal. Once her pen name was “outted”, reviewers complained that the Strike books weren’t anything like Harry Potter. Which was the whole point.
I’ve run into this issue myself as often my non-Demon Trapper books are compared to the series, which is much beloved. I understand the sentiment, but I wanted to have free rein. Chandler was “born” so I could write pure romantic suspense/thrillers, based on current events, stories that include adult language and (gasp) sex.
From this day forward, Chandler and Jana are one person. No more hiding that fact in Facebook posts or on Twitter, Instagram, etc. Chandler will continue to “live” in Chicago, writing her rom suspenses with hunky heroes and kick butt heroines (and blowing sh*t up.) Jana will continue to live in Atlanta and write spooky paranormal urban fantasy stories. They will happily co-exist as Jana and Chandler both like scotch and the occasional cigar.
The Other Reason I did This
This was an experiment, of sorts. I wanted to find out exactly how hard it would be for a new author to find readers in 2016, without using an existing network of friends and acquaintances. Tyra Burton (best buddy and university marketing professor) and I used many of social media’s tricks, tools and platforms in an effort to build readership. And found it was just as hard in 2016 as it was in 2001 because there is so much competition. In fact, we’re presenting a workshop on our findings today, complete with all the grimy details. We both learned a lot of new things, lessons that we will be applying down the line.
For Jana’s readers, you have two books and a novella you didn’t realize existed (CAT’S PAW, KILLING GAME and BROKEN DREAMS in the Veritas series). These are NOT young adult stories. Currently they are only available on Amazon and Createspace, but will be rolling out on iTunes, B&N, Kobo and GooglePlay in December, along with a boxed set. More details can be found at Chandler’s website (www.ChandlerSteele.com) along with some informative blogs that cover “ripped from the headlines” topics like domestic terrorism, what it’s like in prison, prostitution and drug running in New Orleans, what it’s like to be a sniper, etc. And yes, the next Demon Trappers book (VALIANT LIGHT) will be out in the spring of 2017.
For Chandler readers, well now you’ve got a lot more selection to choose from (www.JanaOliver.com). Twelve books are currently available, ranging from young adult urban fantasies, to paranormal murder mysteries, and an award-winning trilogy about time travellers in Victorian London.
Eventually Chandler’s website will be integrated into a section of Jana’s (once that site is completely reworked). From now on I’ll be doing events as both JO and CS. But I have to admit being CS has been a blast, mostly because I had the joy of writing books I’ve always wanted to write while running completely under the radar.
So it’s ALL GOOD!
Jana & Chandler
When I'm writing up these mission reports, often I have to do research to understand some of the terms the ex-military folks use. This is one of the articles I studied to get a sense of Neil MacFayden's role as a SEAL sniper. Fortunately, it's written in civilian terms so we can understand what's involved, because it's far more than just point the rifle and shoot.
Who knew that:
Air temperature affects a bullet, as well. Cold air is denser than hot air and therefore creates more drag on a bullet. On the other hand, bullets can tear through hot air. But Army Ranger Sniper explains that because humidity often accompanies hot air, which will also affect the bullet, this is yet another variable to be considered. "And with winds and heat and humidity -- if you look at all the factors it's amazing you can hit anything."
Fascinating stuff, as well as a glimpse into their world as they keep us safe.
In honor of Veteran's Day, here's a thought provoking and deeply uncomfortable article. Nearly each generation has had its war and the cost goes far beyond the expense of ammunition and materiel. Perhaps it's time for this deep conversation, beginning in our own homes, and then onto the entire nation.
Sometimes you’re just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or at least it might seem that way to the bad guys in this world when FBI Agent Susan Driscoll is involved.
Special Agent Driscoll will readily admit her background is rather straightforward, perhaps a bit dull even. She’s lived in Atlanta all her life, graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and joined the FBI straight out of college. After completing the twenty-week training course at Quantico, she was fortunate to land her first position in her home city and has remained here since.
"I was in a rut," she said. "But I didn't see it at the time."
Susan has been involved in several high profile cases and has earned numerous commendations. Her problems began when her boss was replaced by a no-nonsense rule follower, SAC Maxine Rhodes, after his untimely death.
The case that really strained her relationship with her new boss was the one detailed in KILLING GAME. Fortunately, Susan’s sheer tenacity and sharp mind helped prevent a major terrorist incident in Atlanta. Supposedly on vacation, Susan had followed a lead into a South Georgia swamp to locate a missing FBI agent. In the end, her adroit handling of a volatile situation at Quinton Ellers’s militia camp narrowly avoided another horrific scenario like Ruby Ridge or Waco.
Susan is the first to admit that once she’s on a scent, she just can’t back down. It’s not her style. In BROKEN DREAMS, she found herself with a similar dilemma—conducting an investigation without her boss’s approval after the near-death of a family friend. But when her skills and augmented by those of former homicide detective Sam Marsh, things truly become interesting, both for the bad guys and this most improbable pair.