Today, we are excited to have one of our Month9Books pub sisters, Brynn Chapman, here for an interview! Her YA novel, BONESEEKER, releases tomorrow! And let me tell you, this book sounds fantastic!
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.
Hi, Brynn! Welcome to We Do Write. Thank you for joining us.
How did the idea of BONESEEKER come to you?
In a roundabout fashion. I had been reading the Holmes canon on and off for years, then the first film came out. There was something about the way the screenwriter depicted Holmes—facts that had been there all along—but when I saw them superbly acted by Robert Downey Jr., a spark of recognition lit in my brain.
There has been much debate on this issue—but for me, he very much resembled an aspie. (fight among yourselves LOL) I understood the sensory abnormalities, “I hear everything.”
His meticulous attention to every detail—autism is a very big part of my life, so I related.
Also the interplay between Watson and Holmes is wonderful and hilarious and solidified my new obsession. Then, being the history student I am, I asked, “What if this was a woman?”
It would be twice as difficult in a period where women were just beginning to have careers outside the roles of mother and wife.
Very interesting idea! Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Puzzler. I write the story the first draft, go back and outline it (backwards) then have to figure out the mystery components and refine them. I wish my mind was linear, but no such luck.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Time. There is never enough of it.
Don't I know it. What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?
Typically coffee. Preferably Pandora, sunshine, my cat. Only the first is a requirement.
What are you reading right now?
I am always reading several books—I just finished Laura Bickles, “The Hallowed Ones.”
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Healing. The power to heal.
What's the weirdest thing you've googled?
Probably, ‘cadaver deterioration rate’
Quick writing test! Use the following words in a sentence: bone, wither, cupcake.
The crone’s fingers were bone-scrawny, withered like a rotted tree-limb as she plopped the cupcake into my hand.
Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...
Working. Shuttling teenagers. Reading. Watching a film. Squeezing every happy drop out of life.
Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs.
My crit partners, MV Freeman, Dan Kripenne and Marlo Berliner. My agent, Victoria Lea. Georgia McBride at Month 9 for being such a fabulous publisher.
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.