Tim Chapman

Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Author Profile

Tim  Chapman

Tim Chapman is a former forensic scientist for the Chicago police department who currently teaches writing and tai chi chuan. He holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Northwestern University. His fiction has been published in The Southeast Review, the Chicago Reader, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal, and the anthology, “The Rich and the Dead.” His first novel, “Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold,” was a finalist in Shelf Unbound’s 2013 Best Indie Book competition. His short stories have been collected under the title, “Kiddieland and other misfortunes.” In his spare time he paints pretty pictures and makes an annoying noise with his saxophone that he claims is music. He lives in Chicago with his lovely and patient wife, Ellen, and Mia, the squirrel-chasingest dog in town.

Books

Tim  Chapman

The Blue Silence

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Forensic scientist Sean McKinney has been asked by his daughter's college roommate to help find her missing sister. It's his daughter's first year at Tulane, and single father McKinney is having a tough time adjusting to being an empty nester. He heads down to New Orleans to lend a hand in the investigation, but when his own daughter is kidnapped the gloves come off. Now, the forensic scientist must put down his microscope and venture into the Louisiana swamps for a showdown with a crazed killer. Part crime story, part historical fiction, The Blue Silence moves from modern day Chicago to Reconstruction Era Louisiana and back to the bayou where the most dangerous animals aren't the gators.

Book Bubbles from The Blue Silence

McKinney's back! (and the Big Easy's got him)

But there's no time for Mardi Gras as McKinney heads into the swamp to save his daughter from a crazed killer.

The Blue Silence (McKinney leaps in)

Forensic scientist Sean McKinney is asked by his daughter to help investigate the disappearance of her college roommate's sister. The investigation will take him from Chicago to New Orleans, but when his own daughter is kidnapped he must put down his microscope and venture into the swamp for a showdown with a crazed killer.

"My God, the city has gone mad."

Justine loses her first love to a rabid mob in one of the historical chapters of "The Blue Silence: Murder New Orleans Style."

Release Party for The Blue Silence

Join authors TIM CHAPMAN and DIANE PIRON-GELMAN (D.M. Pirrone) in discussing Writing Historical Crime Fiction. This event celebrates the release of "The Blue Silence: Murder New Orleans Style." Both authors will have books available. Friday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 pm City Lit Books 2523 N. Kedzie, Chicago 773-235-2523 http://bit.ly/2yRZMVl

Halloween Release Date For "The Blue Silence"

The latest novel featuring forensic scientist Sean McKinney is due out on Halloween. Here's an excerpt from "The Blue Silence."

Kiddieland and other misfortunes

Literature & Fiction

In his first short story collection Tim Chapman explores behaviors that are at once familiar and bizarre, while introducing us to an odd assemblage of characters. A reformed hit man has to kill to save the love of his life. An advertising executive deserts her family to find happiness as a forest nymph. A downsized factory worker decides to fake a disability. A young girl has to decide whether her divine power is a blessing or a curse. Engaging stories about family, class, crime, and love from the author of "Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold."

Book Bubbles from Kiddieland and other misfortunes

Year of the Monkey

Okay, I know. This story is about a cat. I haven't written a monkey story. Yet. Anyway, Happy New Year!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Despite me own dear mother havin' been a Callahan, this excerpt from The Gentle Grift is probably the closest thing I've got to a story with a little Irish in it.

Happy Valentine's Day!

An excerpt from "Kiddieland and other misfortunes."

Happy Pie Day

Excerpt from story "Dear Hart" in the collection "Kiddieland and other misfortunes."

Dear Hart

"Kiddieland and other misfortunes" is a collection of short stories and short-short stories. It's pretty eclectic, containing crime stories, science fiction, and literary fiction. This is from the first story in the collection, Dear Hart.

Flash Fiction

"Kiddieland and other misfortunes" is a collection of short stories and short-short stories. It's pretty eclectic, containing crime stories, science fiction, and literary fiction. This story, "Downsizing," was a finalist in the Southeast Review's World's Best Short-Short Story contest a few years ago.

Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold

Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Present-day Chicago forensic scientist Sean McKinney hunts a serial killer who is targeting senior citizens associated with the 1930s era Barker-Karpis gang. Can he get justice for a wrongfully accused man, or will the trail of corpses left by the real killer include McKinney?

Book Bubbles from Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold

Printers Row Lit Fest

Printers Row Lit Fest Is This Weekend! I’ll be book-signing Saturday at Printers Row Lit Fest. 10-12 am at the Society of Midland Authors tent and 2:30-4 pm at the Mystery Writers of America tent. No, I don’t have a new book out this year, but if you’re in the area, stop by to say hi. Listen to some of the great speakers. Eat some unhealthy food. Check out the used book stalls. Read more books!

A Smidgen Of Noir

Here's a dark, though polite, excerpt from "Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold."

50 Shades of Bow-Chika-Bow!

Saturday, June 6th at 11 am, I’ll be at Printers Row in Chicago discussing "Writing Sex Scenes" with the lovely and talanted Clare O’Donohue at the Mystery Writers of America tent. I’ll also be signing books after the discussion and will be at the Allium Press tent at 2:00pm. Stop by and say hi.

Soaring

There are three plot threads in "Bright and Yellow, Hard and Cold," one that takes place in the 1930s and two in the present. This excerpt is from the present. Forensic scientist Sean McKinney takes a break from a murder investigation to visit his wife's grave.

Delroy Looks For Work

There are three plot threads in BYHC, one that takes place in the 1930s and two in the present. This excerpt is from the 1930s. A young sharecropper has moved his family to Chicago. Not able to find work, he's gotten involved with the Barker/Karpis gang of bank robbers and kidnappers. In this chapter he's walking the streets of depression-era Chicago looking for a legit job.

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