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Today I’d like to talk about world-building and setting.
In writing A Silent Soliloquy. I wanted to go for a world of contrasts. The story takes place in a world where there are two established tracks: upper-tier and lower-tier. There’s a world of difference between the kinds of lives the people in the different tracks lead, though they occasionally mingle in the same public spaces. This much clearly exists in the world today with the gap between rich and poor, but in the course of world-building, I structured society so that upward mobility is well-known to be almost impossible, and the threat of downward mobility keeps people in line. Choices for all, rich or poor, are limited by fear.
This downward mobility threatens even those who are already on the lower-tier. It’s possible to fall off the track altogether. TIPPIE exists because, at birth, circumstances had already left her derailed. The Facility picked her up and molded her into what they wanted, and they did it because they could. Those who exist outside the established two-tier system either end up as wards of The State or spend their entire lives hiding in run-down areas, always ready to run.
TIPPIE’s job takes her everywhere. She attends functions all over the world so she can gain access to world leaders. She goes to the abandoned corners of the city to find the dirt-encrusted pockets of humanity that have sought refuge there among the ruins. And in between missions, she inhabits the sterile, colorless corridors of The Facility. In creating the setting for this story, I tried to focus on those contrasts, because they are important.
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Title: A Silent Soliloquy
Author: L.G. Keltner
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Length: 28,000 words
Cover Art: Devross
Release Date: July 6th, 2015
TIPPIE was created to be a weapon. By all appearances, she's an ordinary girl of 18, and she uses that to her advantage in her work for The Facility. What no one sees is that there's another girl buried deep inside. She can't speak or control the movements of the body she inhabits. As TIPPIE's silent passenger, she can only observe. She uses the details she learns from TIPPIE's work to reconstruct the stories of other people's lives. It helps her feel a little more connected to the world she can only watch.
When TIPPIE's work leads her to David, a young man with a haunted past and information that The Facility wants, TIPPIE uses her skills to earn his trust. The silent girl beneath the surface knows that TIPPIE is only going to hurt him, but she can't help but feel for him. Those feelings only grow, but she knows all too well that TIPPIE's work will soon come to an end.
L.G. Keltner spends most of her time trying to write while also cleaning up after her crazy but wonderful kids and hanging out with her husband. Her favorite genre of all time is science fiction, and she’s been trying to write novels since the age of six. Needless to say, those earliest attempts weren’t all that good.
Her non-writing hobbies include astronomy and playing Trivial Pursuit.
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