She's funny. She's gentle. She's touching. She writes a funny, gentle, touching column for the Oregonian. Read the most recent one here.
And now she will soon have a very big book out indeed, a serial killer novel that's being compared to Silence of the Lambs. With a first prining of 200,000 and foreign rights sold in 15 countries, this book is a big deal. (Full disclosure: I'm just having trouble fitting it with the Chelsea I know.)
Read an interview with her in the London Observer here, including some of the gruesome details. (Also some oddities: anyone ever heard of a "low-fat croissant"? If so, I want one. Now.)