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Monday, May 6, 2013

Tour!! An Interview with R.R. Smythe, Author of Heart Murmurs!

How long have you been writing?
Hmm. Since around 2005. I loved to write in high school, but headed for medicine in college.

What inspired you to write Heart Murmurs?
Usually books come from several unique ideas threaded together. It began when I heard about cellular memory, or the idea that perhaps memories could live on via DNA through organ transplantation. I read Claire Sylvia’s book and her experience with this phenomenon at the same time I was reading a biography of Louisa May Alcott. The two ideas married when I saw that Louisa May Alcott did a short stint as a nurse in the Civil War.

What can you tell us about the sequel?
Hmm. Morgan and Mia bringing more literary rogues to justice on the way to searching for their happily- ever-after. And solving the mystery of his birth.

Which of your characters do you relate to most and why?
Really both, but for different reasons. I love how Mia grows and becomes a person who doesn't need others approval for happiness. And I love Morgan’s bravery and eventual optimism and ability to believe in good, despite all he’s been through.

What is a secret about you that nobody else knows?
I think the wierdest thing would be that I have dissected cadavers lol.

If your real life was a fictional book, what would you, the main character, be like?
Well, if I could pick my protagonist, though not terribly original, I would be Elizabeth Bennet. So, that’s pretty self-expanatory, lol.

What book have you read too many times to count?
Jane Eyre. Pride and Prejudice. ;)

What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
Work hard, perfect and respect the craft…and that it is very, very subjective. One person’s rejection is another person’s bestseller. Just like reader’s tastes.

If you could hop into the life of any fictional character, who would it be and why?
That is a very difficult question—I think I will say any comic book, so long as I can choose my superpower.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I learn so many things with EVERY book, depending on the focus. For one of my most recent books, I have been studying forensic anthropology. I loved going to The Mutter Museum and learning about skeletons and determining their age, sex, and from the wear and tear on their bones what injuries they likely had received. And I have the oddest collection of books; poisons, forensics, folktales etc.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Well, I have 3 young adults, a husband and I work a day job…so there is not much time for else except writing. I love to watch my musical kids perform, and I love to travel and I love theater of all kinds and of course I READ. Before I was a writer, I was a massive consumer of books. Now I do the best I can—I am an addict really. Ebooks are so dangerous. One click and I have it five seconds later. Bad. Bad. Bad.

Are any of the things in your books based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?As I write history, any parts that are true, or I’ve tweaked are always at the back in my Author’s Notes section. And my imagination never stops; at any given moment I have two next books floating around in my neurons.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and answer some questions for us. I'm super excited about the sequel to Heart Murmurs!

About the Author:
Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, R R Smythe 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 Brynn Chapman

To learn more about R R Smythe and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

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