S. E. Chase


S. E. Chase has spent a career as a curator, interpretive specialist and exhibition planner in history and technology museums. As is common in the 'many hats' world of nonprofits, she has written more than her share of grant applications, exhibition scripts, budget statements and management reports. From scrounging through basement cisterns for artifacts to exploring the history of electrical technology, she's absorbed a wealth of materials to use as creative raw material for fiction writing. She also happens to be the author of several nonfiction history publications about places and people in New York State and Delaware under the name Stephanie Przybylek.

After growing up in Northwestern PA, and spending more than a decade in the snowy winters of the Finger Lakes and Upstate New York, she decamped to the temperate Mid-Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay region to experience actual springtime and enjoy the taste of steamed crabs and beer.

S. E. loves traveling (yes, she has been to Iceland and wants to return), beer brewing, horse racing, photography and exploring nature. She's a musician, artist, writer and lover of animals, currently answering to two cats and a Shiba Inu.

This is her first novel.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
I've had unique, unusual experiences in the museum field. Maybe it was the geography, or maybe I gravitated toward odd. Some of the things that sound far-fetched in this novel are based on reality, and things that happened to me in several institutions (that shall remain nameless). Dive bars, too. Love 'em.

Granted, not the monsters and bloody horror part, but pig skulls, odd scientific labs and weird exhibits--been there, done that. I used to tell people about one place that was beyond the pale, and they never believed me anyway. So, why not transform it into fiction? Plus, my siblings and I have always been interested in UFOs, the Yeti, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster. Our grade school classmates heard presentations on ALL of it!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've spent a career writing professional materials--grants, exhibit scripts, peer review reports, catalogue entries, etc. I'm also an artist, and in the last few years have been working towards children's book writing and illustration. I belong to a SCBWI critique group that has been an inspiration. Several members are published authors, and I'm impressed by their dedication. I used to write fiction as a hobby back in graduate school, and realized the desire was still there. Creativity wants to emerge one way or the other, and I find that it's all connected.

Because I pursue art and writing, I enjoy putting my own publications together. I'm sure there's an element of control freak in it, too. But the more I read about new technologies and the changing nature of publishing, I decided it was worth giving indie publishing a try.
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Bring Up the Bones
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,770. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Horror » Crime
Forensic anthropologist Kait Jenret retrieves three museum boxes of bones.The specter of murder brings detective Einar Hannesson and opens the door to a mystery. More skeletons, all missing left hands. Einar enlists the help of former partner Michael Lewis, who has his own issues, namely he's undead. Adirondack trapper Thomas Skinner holds the bloody key. Secrets rise when you bring up the bones.
Sink In Your Claws
Price: Free! Words: 89,230. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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A homeless man witnesses a brutal attack. Mistaken for the killer, he's handed to Detective Einar Hannesson, an Icelander who believes in the supernatural. He realizes the man is former partner Michael Lewis, killed 2 years ago. Einar must unravel the mystery, connected to an earlier case filled with myth, horror and experimentation. Has the killer returned? Lives will be changed forever.

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