Friday, May 16, 2014

Tragic Silence Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway!

Tragic Silence 
by E.C. Hibbs 
Publication date: November 19th 2013
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Suspense

When tragedy strikes Bianka Farkas one night in her native Hungary, she loses more than a friend and her mobility. Some things are harder to understand. Waking up in a hospital, Bee struggles to remember exactly what happened the night she was attacked and witnessed a brutal murder. Memories of a mysterious figure plague her as well as bizarre and terrifying changes in her over the next few years. Facing this new horrifying reality with a surprising ally, Bee finally has the chance to take her revenge but at what cost?



Share My Destiny guest post

The Batty Origins of Tragic Silence

I think it’s important to bring into a novel something that you know about, even if it’s only on a basic level to act as a springboard for everything else. For every story, it’s probably going to be something different, and there will probably be more than one ‘real fingerprint’. But one or two might stick out as being a key part of what shaped the tale into what it’s become. For me and Tragic Silence, the shot of reality is actually the vampires themselves!
I really enjoy seeing all the different variations of vampires in films and books. When I was a teenager, I found my obsession with horror movies and anything to do with vampires and werewolves. And while I have my personal favourites, I didn’t seriously think about creating my own versions until I was sixteen. One morning in 2007, I went into school, and my friend declared, “I knew it! You are a freaking vampire!”
It wasn’t helped by the fact that I used to wear nothing but black, but the joke was, in a sense, well-founded! It was just a few days before that I’d been diagnosed with photosensitivity. I was told I had two mild conditions of the eyes and skin (photophobia and PLE), which led to me getting the nickname of “Batty Em.” Basically, my pupils aren’t very good at reacting to changes in light, so when it gets too bright I find it tough to see. On top of that, my skin can react to ultraviolet light as though it’s an allergy.
There are a lot of kinds of real photosensitive conditions out there, and mine are very mild in comparison – even the degree of my PLE isn’t as bad as it could be. To be honest, I’ve always made a joke out of it, because of how much I was already obsessed with vampires to begin with! But when I was sixteen, I was also very frustrated, because I loved being outside in the sun, and I hated how I had to take extra care about being exposed to it for too long.
So I pencilled out designs for my own versions of vampires, treating the sunlight issue as very similar to my own experiences. I added in more paranormal elements as time went on, and took it to a new level when I wrote Tragic Silence, but the basics are more rooted in fact than fiction. The itchy rash that springs up on Bianka’s hands is practically identical to the one I get; the weird tingle when light hits her eyes is the same. And a lot of the precautions she must take, with powerful sunglasses and high-factor sun cream, are things I need to do.

I know it’s not ‘real vampirism’, but writing Tragic Silence helped me to really laugh at it. Sure, it can be a bit annoying in summer, but it’s given me such a well of inspiration these last seven years that I honestly don’t mind. It’s not often when something so literal can influence my writing so much, and now I have a funny kind of “Batty” pride about the whole thing!

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E. C. Hibbs has lived all her life in Cheshire, north-west England. A lover of stories from an early age, she wrote her first ‘book’ when she was five, and throughout school was a frequent visitor to the younger classes to read her tales to the children.

Living so near the coast, she loves anything to do with the sea. She studied Animal Behaviour at university and longs to work with marine mammals in the future. As well as nature and animals, she also has a soft spot for history, and loves paying visits to castles, cathedrals and museums.

There are many things she could be without, but writing isn’t one of them. She carries a pen everywhere, in case an idea appears, and takes pride in still seeing the world as brimming with magic. Besides writing, she reads obsessively, her favourite genres being the classics and all kinds of fantasy. She also enjoys Disney and horror films, practising Shotokan karate, drawing, archery, and playing with her very cheeky kitten.

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1 comment:

  1. One of my fav parts in vampire books is learning the unique lores they come up with some are so interesting!