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.
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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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Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Inspiration came from several fronts—first, I pondered at the relationship of Holmes, Watson and the rest of the world. I work with special needs, have Asperger’s in my family (and traits myself) and observed Watson to be Holmes’s conduit to people. His bridging the gap of his genius to his social skills. To me, they are symbiotic creatures.
Society accepted Holmes’s quirks because he had unique skills. I wondered if the same society would’ve been so kind to a young woman.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
The first draft nine months. It underwent many revisions, naturally.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
Immersing yourself in the story—watching characters evolve seemingly without your permission.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Really, nothing. Once you learn to write for the pleasure of writing—the rest is background noise.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
Queen Victoria. I would love to see the time period, and experience the day to day pressure monarchs and leaders have to endure…and then happily hand it right back.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Er….I am guessing the olives. I am the only one who eats them…and they may be ready for a time capsule now.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I am working on Boneseeker 2, I have an audiobook releasing at the end of June (I heart, heart the narrator!!!!) And hopefully, a book titled Requiem Red, shall be out before fall as well.