For You Thriller Readers Out There


I’ve invited thriller author Stacey Cochran to chat with us today. I met Stacey a few years ago when he and I spoke about publishing on a panel at Quail Ridge Books here in Raleigh. He’s such a nice guy, it’s hard to believe he could possibly write such scary books! Without further ado, here’s Stacey.


Thanks so much, Diane, for hosting me today at your blog. I’d like to say “hello” to your audience and thank them for reading today. I am currently wrapping up a 45-day blog tour to promote the release of my novel Claws.


The book is a suspense thriller that concerns a wildlife biologist in Arizona named Angie Rippard, who is drawn into a police investigation when two of her brightest students are found dead one morning at a golf course that borders protected National Forest Land. She suspects that they were killed by a large mountain lion, but her position draws her into conflict with the resort’s owner and with local politicians.


The momentum generated in the past month is unlike anything else I’ve seen in my writing career. I think the blog tour gave me a platform and made me accountable for marketing the book, but I could not have foreseen the result.


CLAWS hit a number of bestseller lists in the Amazon Kindle store, and this visibility has been remarkable. I’ve just spent the morning answering questions for interviews, for example, there is no let-up in sight.


This is the first time I’ve published on Kindle, and it seems like I’ve found myself in the middle of a phenomenon. Everywhere I turn online, people are talking about the Amazon Kindle and because my books are doing well there, I’m receiving a lot requests for interviews. Most of the discussions have been through blogs, podcasts, Skype, YouTube, and other online vehicles.


Nonetheless, it’s been very fun, and I’m extremely grateful for how the novel has been received.


If any of your readers has questions about CLAWS, Amazon Kindle, or online marketing, I’m happy to answer any questions here as they come in today and will check back frequently.


Thanks so much, Diane, for the opportunity. And thanks so much to everyone else for reading!


  1. Ann on June 21, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    This sounds really good – I am going to turn on my kindle right away and look it up!

  2. Stacey Cochran on June 22, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks, Ann! I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Ann on June 22, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    Stacey, I just ordered both of your books on my kindle – I think I will enjoy them!
    Diane, thank you for introducing your blog readers to new authors.

  4. Stacey Cochran on June 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Cool. Thanks so much, Ann!

  5. ronnie on June 23, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    I just did the same thing.
    Thank you Diane for allowing giving us a way of discovering new and different authors.

  6. Stacey Cochran on June 24, 2009 at 2:30 am

    Thanks, Ronnie!

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