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Meet the Characters of SINGULARITY| Zoe

My dear readers we are at the end of the meet the characters journey. I’ve taken you as far down the JESSICA rabbit hole as I can. This is the last stop on my train. (I think you get the point.) Today we’re learning about Zoe with Helena Hann Basquiat aka HK Abel.
Is this all totally new to you? Don’t fret my pet, start here and learn about this Meet the Characters.
We’re not going to leave you hanging! SINGULARITY‘S release party on Facebook is going to be happening and Aug. 4th release is the date. I wouldn’t steer you wrong. I’m endorsing it, because I love it. I’m enthralled with these characters and creeped out by Jessica. And I want you to fall down the rabbit hole with all of us. It’s creepy, but it’s one hell of a ride. Did I mention it’s available for pre-order?
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? 
http://penpaperpad.com
SINGULARITY 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. Bell.
The last character in the meet the character series: ZoeToday we’re talking about Zoe with Helena Hann Basquiat aka HK Abel My questions are in purple.

Alright, let’s talk about Zoe. What or who was your inspiration for her?

Helena Hann BasquiatOddly enough my own daughter Zoe. She is off at her first year of university, and I went and visited her one night and we got talking about ghost stories

 

Is her university as steeped in ghost stories as the one in Singularity?

Helena Hann BasquiatI 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?

Helena Hann BasquiatCan you believe in something so strongly that it becomes real?

 

Helena Hann BasquiatI’m fascinated with things like shared hallucinations, mass hysteria. Religious phenomenon.
 

 

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.

Helena Hann BasquiatYes – I was challenging her belief that somehow we have control over things that we can’t understand. That even the rational can be taken over by the irrational

 

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.

Helena Hann BasquiatMaybe 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.

Helena Hann BasquiatShe’s brave and compassionate. I think that whatever reached out to her recognized that. Because whatever her fate, she’s not really a victim

 

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.

Helena Hann BasquiatShe has definitely lost something of herself and maybe gained something else. Something scary.

 

Another lost soul…so to speak. What do you hope your readers will get from Singularity?

Helena Hann BasquiatThrills, 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?

Helena Hann BasquiatI don’t want to say too much, because I am already thinking about book three, but let’s just say — she’s complicated.

 

Fair enough.
That made me think of Facebook, so let’s talk about the book release party.

Helena Hann BasquiatJessica’s relationship status! Hahaha

 

With the world, lol.

Helena Hann BasquiatI’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.

Helena Hann BasquiatPlus 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?

Helena Hann BasquiatWell 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?

Helena Hann BasquiatWell, we have four different countries represented, in three vastly different time zones. I’m afraid it’s going to be random. I’m going to be there as much as I possibly can of course

 

Helena Hann BasquiatAnd if anyone has a question they want to ask they can always post it on the wall and if I’m not there I will get it when I checked back in

 

That’s understandable. I’m sure the people will keep the party going!
Will you be posting video responses this time around?

Helena Hann BasquiatAnything could happen!

 

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!

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Meet the Characters of SINGULARITY| The Man

My dear readers we are getting closer and closer to the SINGULARITY‘S release party on Facebook and Aug. 4th release date. I wouldn’t steer you wrong. I’m endorsing it, because I love it. I’m enthralled with these characters and creeped out by Jessica. And I want you to fall down the rabbit hole with all of us. It’s creepy, but it’s one hell of a ride. Did I mention it’s available for pre-order?
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? 
http://penpaperpad.com
SINGULARITY 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. Bell.
The Man
Today we have Sara Litchfield discussing her character, The Man. My questions will be in purple.

 

Alright, so first question
Were you involved with the Jessica novel?

She discusses her character from this summer's thriller SINGULARITYI wasn’t – but I *loved* reading it. It was creepy and compelling and such a departure from Helena’s semi-autobiographical writing that it blew me away

I was totally blown away by Jessica. She’s such an oddly freakish character. She reminds me of the demon that takes over the girl in The Exorcist.

She discusses her character from this summer's thriller SINGULARITYYes – and there were shades of Penny Dreadful in there -gothically familiar whileexotically out there at the same time

*shudder* she’s so terribly enthralling. How did you become a part of the SINGULARITY journey?

She discusses her character from this summer's thriller SINGULARITYWell I’d been following Helena’s blogging adventures for some time and we’d becomepally in the comments down there – then she ordered a physical copy of my book, The Night Butterflies, when it came out and loved it – her review just sent me over the rainbow… She got in touch about a Jessica project soon after that

That’s awesome! Your character in the novel is the mysteriously sinister guy known as “The Man.” Where did he come from? How did you create his background?

She discusses her character from this summer's thriller SINGULARITYHelena gave me a cue for that – she was after something dystopian and the idea of a suicide cult gave me the starter for ten… a twist on the main relationship of The Road and The Man was born

Your depiction of those scenes were absolutely chilling. When you saw all of the pieces collected together– each writer’s bits–were you surprised? Did you have any expectations going in?

She discusses her character from this summer's thriller SINGULARITYI didn’t know what to expect but I was really wondering how it would come together – such different writers with different styles.. I wondered how it would sew up into a coherent whole – I think it’s amazing the way it’s been done! The way the themes in the different characters’ tales resonate with each other was a delightful surprise – they don’t seem disparate but integrated parts of an overarching story – which, of course, they are!

I absolutely agree. That is what made it incredibly interesting to read. If I didn’t know, I would’ve thought this was all from one person’s twisted imagination.
Why doesn’t The Man have an actual name?

She discusses her character from this summer's thriller SINGULARITYI think the idea of being the last person left alive on earth had me wondering if that wouldn’t be a secret deep-rooted fear of everyone’s… I didn’t give him too much character depth or development (other characters comment on it in the course of Singularity’s events) because I wanted the idea of the experience to take people away and have them putting themselves in his place – this ‘everyman’ left alone… He’s almost purposefully generic so he can be more easily identified with

The Man can be any man or every man. I see how that works and there are hints of that within the story. [Note: If you look at the file above, his features are a bit blurred] I feel like we’re getting close to spoiler territory. Gah, I want to ask all the questions about him and Jessica! But I’ll refrain.

She discusses her character from this summer's thriller SINGULARITYLol yes do! That shocked me too wink emoticon

Well, let’s pull back a little. What genre do you normally write or is horror an old hat for you?
 

She discusses her character from this summer's thriller SINGULARITYI adore horror. Stephen King is one of my idols. And Dean Koontz. And anyone who can make things go bump in the night. I lap it up. Everything I write at the moment is tinged with horror – The Night Butterflies is dystopian, and my current WIP is dark fantasy.. It’s definitely a genre I want to grow fully into!

As someone who likes to look at the darker things…what is your writing process like? How do you tap into the dark side?

She discusses her character from this summer's thriller SINGULARITYConsidering my life is pretty muchblueskies and fluffy kittens, it’s surprisingly easy for me to go into the dark places, find things lurking in the shadows and form them into words.. I think I’m just fascinated by the darker side to life – humanity, the universe, everything… I just sit down and start writing and it comes.. I don’t tend to think too much about what’s going to happen or who it’s going to happen to – definitely apantser over a plotter!

I think those dark spaces have fertile grounds in those happy places. It’s like taking a quick peak under the bed or in the closet when you’re a kid. You know nothing’s in there…but something could be in there…
 
You just look in the closet a bit longer.

She discusses her character from this summer's thriller SINGULARITYAbsolutely – the world lurking in the dark corners

 

She discusses her character from this summer's thriller SINGULARITYYES!

Excellent! I’ll be there as well and hopefully my dear readers will stop by.
Thank you so much for letting me interview you Sara and for following down the Jessica rabbit hole.

She discusses her character from this summer's thriller SINGULARITYI can’t wait! Thanks so much for having me here!

Sara is a summer writer excited to throw her fiction at the world and see where it sticks. She is the author of dystopian thriller The Night Butterflies and blogs on happiness and hope at www.rightinkonthewall.com, which is also home to her editing business and publishing division, RIW Press – all aim to make the right mark on the wall of the world.

Links:
http://authorsaralitchfield.com/books/
https://www.facebook.com/rightinkonthewallbysaralitchfield
https://twitter.com/saralitchfield
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8729036.Sara_Litchfield
http://www.pinterest.com/rightink/right-ink-on-the-wall-by-sara-litchfield/

Here’s the next trailer in our SINGULARITY lineup. Is The Man the monster in his own story?

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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? 

http://penpaperpad.com

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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