Meet the Characters of SINGULARITY | Bren

I’m glad you’ve come back for another installment of Meet the Characters. This week we’re meeting, Bren, Sandy Ramsey’s character in the psychological thriller SINGULARITY‘S due out on Aug. 4th. I’ve read it y’all and it is creepy, strange and utterly enthralling. It’s available for preorder and you can receive get signed copies, bundles with JESSICA, posters and more. I loved this book and that’s why I’m taking you down the rabbit hole that is Jessica B.Bell. If this is all new to you, start here at the beginning. Don’t forget to stay for the trailer at the end. It’s hauntingly good.

SINGULARITY was written by Helena Hann Basquiat with Sara Litchfield, Sandy Ramsey, Lizzi Rogers, and Hannah Sears. It’s a companion piece to JESSICA, which was released last year. (It’s not required reading, but I urge you to pick it up.) Jessica B. Bell is the brain child of Helena Hann-Basquiat, but she’s somehow pushing beyond just the stretches of the imagination. She wants to be more.

SINGULARITY asks us the question:
What happens when the creation surpasses the creator? How far will Jessica go to be real? 

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INGULARITY description:
An unspeakable act of violence leaves the residents of Ward C, home of a secret experiment, dead — torn apart.
There is only one survivor…A couple of years ago I started writing horror stories and Jessica was born. I had fun creating a twisted and ominous biography for her, painting a picture of some crazy hermit who lived in my basement and wrote stories on old parchment using her own blood for ink.
But she was never real. It seems that Jessica has taken on a life of her own, and so I’m going to do what I should
have done a while ago. 
I am going to kill Jessica B. Bel

A character from the soon to be released novel- SINGULARITY

Today we have Sandy Ramsey discussing her character- Bren. My questions and comments are in purple.

Were you involved with the writing of Jessica?

No. I wasn’t. I only had the pleasure of reading it in all its creepiness.

Spine tingling, wasn’t it? Why did you decide to venture down Jessica’s rabbit hole…so to speak.
 
I love horror and Jessica’s brand reminds me very much of the no holds barred style of one of my favorite authors, Stephen King. I ventured into a little fiction piece, which was totally new to me, last Halloween and Ken (who was still Helena to me at the time) read it and helped me tweak it. That started a friendship and a collaboration of sorts. When Ken asked me to join the gifted writers he chose for Singularity I was flattered and found it a perfect opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and stretch my writing legs a little.
Had you written horror stories before?
 

Just the one last Halloween…Living Is the Best Revenge. I enjoyed it. It’s fun and a little empowering to find out you can make your mind go to strange places.

Speaking of going to strange places…Bren’s story is so delightfully strange. How did you create her? What did you draw from?

Well, how do I do this without giving anything away? It started with my own thoughts on the one thing that would drive me to the brink of madness, or totally over the edge. That was it.Ihaveto be honest and say I completely flew by the seat of my pants. I promised myself that I wouldn’t hold back. Her story is my nightmare.

Having read it, I think that it would be a nightmare for any mother. I was definitely surprised by her story. I wasn’t expecting where it went to. I’d felt sympathy for Liza’s character…but Bren, she didn’t feel as—powerless as Liza did.

Bren actually felt weak to me in the beginning. I have a great love for strong female characters and in the end I decided she would be,evenifshewas broken in the process.

How did you feel about her once you read her in the entire work?
 

Nothing really changed the way I felt about her.I think Helena/Ken did a great job putting all the pieces together. I will say this….Jessica casts a largeshadowsoIwas worried Bren would get lost. That didn’t happen. At all.

No, oddly enough it didn’t. Each character takes the stage and has a voice. This collaboration is really powerful reading material. Have you ever done a collection quite like this one?

Never.Iwas intimidated.Itwasquite a task and when you write a story that you pour your guts intoyoucertainlyhopewhenallis said and done the work still translates well. I think it does.

In my humble opinion, I think it does as well. In Hannah’s interview, she referred to Ken as a “puppet master” in saying he was the driving force behind the stories and keeping these characters in line. I love that your voices are distinctive, but there’s little touches that keeps the work cohesive.
 
Did the story end in a way that you expected it to?

Ha! Does any story Ken writes end the way you expect it to?

LOL, so true!
 
Can we talk quickly about your writing process?

Sure. But it will be a short conversation. I open the laptop, I start typing. The end.

I rarely plan anything I write and most people might call bullshit, but that is the truth.

Can I say bullshit?

You can say whatever you want. I think my readers can handle it.
 

Oh, good.

In case my readers haven’t met you before, what do you typically write?
 

Philosophy. Just kidding. I write life stuff. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic so most ofwhatIwriteis centered around the subject. I’ve been sober 18 years and learned a thing or two along the way. All I really do is share my experiences and try to offer hope. I write without a net. Fiction is a side project that I’m hoping to dive into a bit deeper.

I bet there’s a little philosophical ideas that peep in every now and again. I don’t see how you can’t. Living through being and addict and then recovery, I’m guessing you’ve learned a lot about yourself and life. I hope you do delve more into it. The world needs more good fiction, she said with total bias.
Thank you Sandy for spending time with me and giving us a little incite into Bren. Will you be at the Facebook pre-release event on July 31 and Aug. 1st?
Of course! I wouldn’t miss it!
Awesome, then I’ll see you there! And hopefully my readers will come as well.
 

I hope so! Thank you, T.A.

My pleasure!

Sandy is a writer. She is also a wife and a mother, a daughter and a friend. At the end of the day if she can lay her head on the pillow and feels that she has done her best, knows she tried to do the next right thing, then it is has been a good day. Learning when to hold on and when to let go will always be her challenge, but, Lord love her, she tries. She is the author of An Honest Sinner, where she writes about her addiction and other character flaws as well as the things that make her life unexpectedly amazing. Actually, you never really know what she’ll write about. You can also follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Here is the next step in our SINGULARITY character meet. Learn a little bit more about Bren’s haunting.

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7 Responses to Meet the Characters of SINGULARITY | Bren

  1. Hi Tamara: We’re new to your blog but love the “hillbilly hermit living in Honolulu.” (Awesome!) We’re HUGE fans of Sandy Ramsey and wasn’t aware of this book so were doing a happy-dance right now excited to grab our copy. The trailer….BRILLIANT, as was the interview. Can’t wait to sink our teeth into this delicious horror read!!! Thanks for the post, we’re sharing this now. And congrats, Sandy! We’re so freaking proud of you girl!!! 😉 xoxoxoxo <3
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    • Tamara Woods

      Hi ladies! I’ve visited your blog before and I’m so glad you’ve swung by my neck of the woods. I say with unabashed glee that I love this book. I hope everyone reads it. Sandy is a wonderful woman and I’m so glad she is a part of this project. Thank you for the lovely compliments. You should check out the other trailers as well. They’re equally horrifying!

  2. So so so SO exciting!!
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  3. ‘I write without a net’ – I love that. Bren’s story is hold-your-breath evocative.. And eesh the trailer! That baby picture gives me chills… because I know what’s coming… can’t wait for it to be out in the world 😀
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  4. OH! OH! OH! SO EXCITED ABOUT ALL OF THIS!
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  5. Every time I read about the characters of Singularity I am more and more intrigued! I cannot wait to dive in to those pages! Bren’s story is your nightmare???? AY DIOS MIO! 🙂
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