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Debbie Herbert | What if you could SEE when someone is lying?
Author Guest / March 1, 2021

Synesthesia is a rare neurological condition where sensory paths are crossed in the brain. You might see musical notes as colors, taste textures like “triangles” or “squares” while eating food, or have a sequence-space form in which dates and numbers occupy a spatial location in your mind. The condition has always intrigued me, and I’ve long wanted to write a novel in which the main character experiences the world through this lens. In my latest book, NOT ONE OF US, Jori Trahan has a rare form of synesthesia commonly known as “colored hearing.” For Jori, every person’s voice has particular colors and textures as they speak. This ability ultimately gives her a unique edge to solve an old murder. Jori, like most synesthetes, enjoys her condition; for her, this is just the way the world is. But sometimes the condition can be overwhelming if she is enclosed in a noisy room. In one scene at a crowded bar, the background noise “formed a steady drumbeat of colors that swirled and morphed into blackish splatters of ugly blobs.” Her friend Dana’s voice is the color of “fizzing green arrows” and another character’s voice is “a bruising purple-black, the color of storm…

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Author Guest / February 5, 2018

Writes: Romantic suspense and Paranormal romance, with her latest release, APPALACHIAN PREY, published by Harlequin Intrigue, and on shelves now. About: Experienced romance author seeks readers for suspenseful, southern novel which features a woman from the wrong side of the tracks (a moonshiner’s daughter) whose heart is broken by rejection, and the hardworking hero with ambitions to run for sheriff in their Appalachian community, while burdened with caring for his mentally ill mother. Readers sought who enjoy delving into family secrets that hold life or death consequences. What I’m looking for in my ideal reader match: Their idea of the perfect date is watching a thriller movie at home on NetFlix, while enjoying slices of pepperoni pizza downed with iced tea. Foot massages on the couch a welcome bonus. Dreams of heart-stopping danger and star-crossed lovers Falls easily in love with men in uniform Likes suspenseful stories that are strong on romance Doesn’t mind reading about the unique culture of the Appalachian Mountains. Enjoys an exciting, emotional roller coast ride in the plot Wants their heroes to be strong protectors Prefers emotional themes centered on love and family Thinks a visit to the Smoky Mountains is an ideal get-away Loves…