Sunday, April 17, 2016

FFBC Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway: The Requiem Red (Brynn Chapman)

The Requiem Red
by Brynn Chapman
Publisher: Month9Books
Release Date: April 5th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Patient Twenty-nine.
A monster roams the halls of Soothing Hills Asylum. Three girls dead. 29 is endowed with the curse…or gift of perception. She hears messages in music, sees lyrics in paintings. And the corn. A lifetime asylum resident, the orchestral corn music is the only constant in her life.
Mason, a new, kind orderly, sees 29 as a woman, not a lunatic. And as his belief in her grows, so does her self- confidence. That perhaps she might escape, might see the outside world. 
But the monster has other plans. The missing girls share one common thread...each was twenty-nine's cell mate. 
Will she be next?

What gave you the inspiration for this book?
The story started with the concept of synesthesia: 

“Synesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.[1][2][3][4] People who report a lifelong history of such experiences are known as synesthetes.

Difficulties have been recognized in adequately defining synesthesia:[5][6] Many different phenomena have been included in the term synesthesia ("union of the senses"), and in many cases the terminology seems to be inaccurate. A more accurate term may be ideasthesia.

In one common form of synesthesia, known as grapheme → color synesthesia or color-graphemic synesthesia, lettersor numbers are perceived as inherently colored.[7][8] In spatial-sequence, or number form synesthesia, numbers, months of the year, and/or days of the week elicit precise locations in space (for example, 1980 may be "farther away" than 1990), or may appear as a three-dimensional map (clockwise or counterclockwise).[9][10]

Only a fraction of types of synesthesia have been evaluated by scientific research.[11] Awareness of synesthetic perceptions varies from person to person” 

So I asked myself, what would've happened to people with synesthesia a few hundred years ago? Very bad things, was the answer. Thus Requiem Red was born..[12]

Who is your favorite character in this book and why?

I think Jane. Despite horrible situations: leeches, dunkings, persecutions and more...she has remained kind at heart, but not weak. Which are very difficult scales to balance. 

Who is your favorite author and why? 

Well, I have lots of favorites, and this is a favorite question of bloggers--so dont be offended if i write about someone else, on another blog. 

But here, I will say, Diana Gabaldon.She’s….utterly brilliant.

Her characterizations are so very want to befriend claire and steal Jaime. Which I suppose would end that friendship with Claire...but anyhoo….her storytelling is lush and visual so that you step into her books, not read them. 

#outlander ;)

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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.

She also writes under the pseudonym R.R. Smythe.

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  1. The Requiem Red looks intriguing, original and spooky! I'd love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. thanks for stopping let me know your thoughts once youve read it! happy reading brynn