I'm taking a little break from our 2 year Blogversary celebrations to participate in Brynn Chapman's amazing BONESEEKER blog tour. Check out my interview with Brynn below, and make sure to scroll down to the rafflecopter and enter to win your own copy of BONESEEKER!
Interview with author Brynn Chapman:
How long did it take you to write BONESEEKER from start to finish?
BONESEEKER was written many times—but the first time, with my normal process—9 months.
What was the inspiration for BONESEEKER?
I saw traits in Sherlock Holmes that raised red flags for me—reminded me of people on the spectrum. I basically live the spectrum, work, home. I imagined it would be hard to be Holmes. How he needed Watson as his conduit to the outside world. How he ignored many societal norms. I wondered if that time period would be so forgiving to a woman. WAIT...a woman.
If you had your choice, what movie star(s) would you pick to play the main character(s)?
I am reluctant to answer this, lol, but as I do not use any names in my novels—I would say Robert Pattinson (he clinched it with Water for Elephants for me) and Ellen Paige.
Where's your favorite place to write?
Outside, on my deck in summer. In winter, I typically hide at Panera, with a big, fattening cappuccino.
The cover is really cool (seriously, I love it!) How much input did you get to put into the design? And tell the truth - how many times a day do you stare at it? ;-)
Month 9 is totally responsible for the cover. I merely said, “I love it.” I actually love all their covers, so I wasn’t worried I would not like my own.
Do you have any trunked manuscripts? If so, how did you know it was time to move on?
I don’t. My first was pubbed by small press. That said, it can be compared to child star’s—people watching you grow up. Our writing changes drastically with every book—so having manuscripts under the bed is not always a bad thing. (Not that I don’t love my books-they are all like your children)
You're a pretty prolific writer. Congrats on all your success! Do you find it hard to let go of one story and move onto the next?
The more you write, the easier that gets. I used to have difficulty shifting between the right and left brain—so storyteller brain and editor brain.
I do it easily now. Same with story—those characters you cannot let go of…series, anyone?
Any words of wisdom for authors trying to find the balance between writing new stories while editing and promoting already published or soon-to-be published books? (This is a selfishly motivated question. :-))
Use touchstones to get you where you need to be creatively. I create a playlist and pintrest page for each book. That often helps writers get in the correct zone for each book.
Here is BONESEEKERS page http://www.pinterest.com/rrsmythe/boneseeker/
What have you learned from your publication journey that surprised you?
It is never the same for anyone. The most important thing you can do, is remember you love to write. That is WHY you write. If you keep that foremost in your mind, success, failure, book sales, reviews etc, cant touch you. Because it’s about getting lost in those words on the page.
Congrats on the launch of your book, and thanks for the time! I can't wait to read BONESEEKER!
Publication date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Brynn Chapman
Arabella Holmes was born different and raised different. After it became apparent she wouldn’t fit the role of a proper 1900′s lady, her father, Sherlock, called in some lingering favors, and landed her a position at the Mutter Museum. The museum was Arabella’s dream; she was to become a purveyor of abnormal science. What her father called a BoneSeeker.
Henry Watson arrives at the Mutter Museum with a double assignment–to become a finder of abnormal antiquities and to watch over and keep Arabella Holmes. An easy task, if he could only get her to speak to him instead of throwing knives in his general direction.
But this is no time for child’s play. The two teens are assigned to a most secret exploration, when the hand of a Nephilim is unearthed in upstate New York. Soon, Arabella and Henry are caught in a fight for their lives as scientific debate swirls around them. Are the bones from a Neanderthal … or are they living proof of fallen angels, who supposedly mated with humans according to ancient scrolls?
Sent to recover the skeleton, they discover they are the second team to have been deployed and the entire first team is dead. And now they must trust their instincts and rely on one another in order to survive and uncover the truth.
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ABOUT BRYNN CHAPMAN:
Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.