Hey y'all! I have a guest post from Brynn Chapman, author of the awesome historical fantasy book THE REQUIEM RED! I am freaking in love with this book!!! Oh and stick around for the giveaway!
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Title: THE REQUIEM RED
Author: Brynn Chapman
Pub. Date: April 5, 2016
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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?
Now on to the post!
Music and Synesthesia
Synesthesia is a neurological anomaly—where senses combine. People with synesthesia may ‘taste shapes’ or a common variation is to have mental images of letters paired with colors—leading to early readers. There is a myriad of sense combinations.
For REQUIEM RED- I expounded on this concept…and paired music—the notes specifically, with colors.
Jane, our main character—is not only a musical prodigy—she has been playing since the age of three—violin and cello—but she sees notes in color. Resulting in a cognitive rainbow of music and lights and colors as she plays and composes music.
This power has been her savior and her persecutor, simultaneously. Because Jane…hears voices in the music. Not all music, not all the time—but in a specific type of music
That music is different because…all of the notes are in RED. Which for her…is frightening, and highly unusual. Music is her comfort…but not when she hears THE REQUIEM RED.
The voices are why she has been incarcerated in Soothing Hills Asylum since the tender age of three. The voices are the reason she ends up in solitary confinement. The voices keep her from being who she really is…
Also of note, if you are a visual reader, is my pintrest board for REQUIEM RED—filled with cold, beauty, music and heartache.
So if you’re intrigued…come visit Jane and Mason. Watch as they fight to unravel the mystery of the musical language—and follow it to its origin.
Will the revelations help Jane escape—or drive her further into insanity?
Pic of the Asylum in Jane’s time.
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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