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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

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 – Victor

I have a treat for you, my dear readers. We’re getting a sneak peak into SINGULARITY. It is a spine-tingling psychological thriller, which made me turn on the lights and jump at the thing in the corner of my vision. (It was just a shadow, I’m pretty sure.) This book is greater because of the sum of its parts, or rather authors.  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.
Leading up to the release date of August 1st, we’re going to be introduced to a different character each Tuesday with a trailer at the end for that character. We won’t be going into great detail, frankly, because I want you to read it. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so these interviews will be spoiler-free. Enough of an intro, let’s get into this.
Let us introduce you to Victor. Victor sprang from Helena Hann-Basquiat, the pen name of Ken whom  you’ve met before. (My questions are in purple.)
http://penpaperpad.com

 

Let’s discuss Victor first. What was your inspiration for his character?

Well, there are so many references to Frankenstein in the book, I thought I might as well just write one story that just smacked that right in the face. The whole creator and their creation is pretty much the theme of the novellas a whole.

I didn’t realize Victor was such a tragic figure initially. I had wondered why he didn’t talk to Mary about what he was doing in the basement.

Well, that’s the thing, isn’t it — sometimes our secrets are all we have — including secrets we keep from ourselves.
When I was reading about Victor, he seemed like a brilliant man obsessed. What can you tell us about him without giving too much away?

Well, Victor’s sort of the cliché of his own story — he’s the mad scientist who knows better than everybody else. Like his namesake, he wants to create life — and in order to create, he must first destroy. But he’s a timid man, and so when he finds an unlikely accomplice, he seems to find the courage to carry out his horrid experiments. But then, the twist…
                There’s always the twist.
I always wonder about people who let their ambitions and desires drive them that much. Is he the ruler of his desires, or do his desires rule him?

Does the body rule the mind or does the mind rule the body?
 And without a spoiler, but rather a teaser… who created whom?

I wanted to know how did SINGULARITY come to be? 

After JESSICA was such a success (and a very rewarding experience) I knew I wanted to do it again. I didn’t know that what I’d be writing was another Jessica story to be honest — I had another idea altogether and then somehow or other it got scrapped. But I’d already approached seven writers — three of whom ended up dropping out of the project for one reason or another — about writing something collaboratively. I’d been wanting to work with Sara ever since I read her novel The Night Butterflies, and Hannah is one of my favourite writers, and adds a lot of colour to my work.

I’d helped Sandy edit a story a while back, and there was a good connection there, and I knew that she could bring something to the table. And Lizzi — well, Lizzi’s the excitement. She will help grow an idea, or tell you when it needs to be squashed. And her writing is visceral.

So, in the end, we were 5 writers, and once I had the idea (interestingly enough, sparked by one of the writers who dropped out) it was just a matter of bringing their characters to life within the greater whole. You’ve never read anything like Singularity, I guarantee it. The stories themselves are standalone tales, and could exist outside of the context of the novel — and yet, they are so fantastical that they certainly belong to the world that the novel exists in.

And that my dear readers brought us to where we are today. Thank you so much Helena for giving us this first taste of SINGULARITY.

 
Here’s one of the thrilling trailers to SINGULARITY, an introduction to Victor.

Add SINGULARITY to your Goodreads want to read list. And be ready next week for our next character intro with Hannah Sears.

 

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