What happens when the creation surpasses the creator? How far will Jessica go to be real?
Alright, let’s talk about Zoe. What or who was your inspiration for her?
Is her university as steeped in ghost stories as the one in Singularity?
I think all old places have their stories, and her University did used to be a mental hospital (or there was one wing that was anyway). We got talking about the idea of stories and belief, which fits right in with the whole motif of the novel. We asked the question, can the belief — The communal belief that something or some place is haunted — make it so?
I was going to comment about Jessica herself, but realized it was much too spoilery. I did enjoy how Singularity dealt with the idea of “reality” and how flimsy our grasp on it can be. Singularity Zoe started out as a sensible character with a strong grasp on reality.
Zoe is youngest character we’ve discussed here on the blog. She seemed like the most sensible and I think that’s what makes the irrational takeover so startling for me.
Maybe there’s an innocence her (or maybe that’s just wishful thinking on her father’s behalf) that maybe comes off as sensibility. She’s not old enough to have experienced the shit that some of the other characters have – those awful things in life that cut us and scar us.
Of course the Zoe in her story is somewhat different than the Zoe that we meet in the hospital
That Zoe is after her innocence is lost. She creeped me out a bit in the hospital.
Another lost soul…so to speak. What do you hope your readers will get from Singularity?
Thrills, chills… That “aha!” moment when it all becomes clear. I hope it appeals to people who are completely geeky about storytelling craft. It’s certainly not your standard fare (not that I think it’s inaccessible either). By the end I almost hope that people are rooting for Jessica.
Is Jessica an anti-hero you hope people will love..or even love to hate?
That made me think of Facebook, so let’s talk about the book release party.
With the world, lol.
I’m nervous about the party. When I held the party for memoirs back in March, I had already been plugging the hell out of that book for a month. I feel like there’s definitely a different kind of vibe going on with Singularly, and getting people interested is a completely different animal.
Plus with memoirs I had monetary goals that I needed to get with Pubslush – while that is stressful, it is also motivating. This time around, I want to forgo that stress, but I still want to see the book do well with pre-orders
So this time around, what is your main goal with the SINGULARITY release party on Facebook is July 31-Aug. 1st and what do you plan to do?
Well right now there are about 70 confirmed attending. If half that many people show up, my goal is that everyone of them will walk away with a book, even if it’s just as a door prize. Pre-sales are great, but expanding my readership is even better. If I can make a dozen new fans, that will be a success. Me and the other authors are going to be hanging out chatting with people, handing out door prizes, taking turns playing DJ. I’d be interested to hear what the other writers think good songs would be for a soundtrack for their book.
Will they be there at assigned times or will everyone come and go as they can?
That’s understandable. I’m sure the people will keep the party going!
Will you be posting video responses this time around?
Thanks so much for chatting with me. This entire journey has been a lot of fun!
Here’s the last and final character video in our SINGULARITY journey. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series as much as I have. You can pre-order up to August 4th!