Interview With Cecilia Shoopmann, author of the Globoe series and photographer responsible for Between Here and Home, Huron River Near Spring, On The Floor of an Abandoned Cement Factory, and Rocks Have Feelings Too
Uh, I don't think my room is in love with another part of my house. My room is a reflection of me, so it's just messy and almost refuses to love haha.
I think I was trying to create the distance subconsciously, but it didn't occur to me in the process. Most of what I write happens late, late at night, and I don't do much thinking about deeper meanings, they just sort of happen, you know?
So, there are three houses and a skyscraper in Globoe, but really two of the houses are irrelevant. They have no impact on the story, and at this point, in my mind, they have been abandoned and the tenants moved into the Skyscraper. The Skyscraper has become an almost God-like figure in Globoe. It magically provides things to the population inside, it provides water, energy, food, light, oxygen, and a place to live and survive, and no one in the Skyscraper thinks twice about it. They are rather complacent in their life, they are very cattle-like. Addison, the only named character in this town, live the the Red House, and she hates the Skyscraper with a passion. She is almost consumed by it, because she doesn't have the benefit of fitting or living in the Skyscraper, so she's very much on the outside of things. No one in the skyscraper knows it's in love, no one knows there is an outside world. With Addison, I can easily give the reader what it's like to (literally) be on the outside of things. She's lonely, and I really want the reader to see that. Nothing much is ever said about Addison's home life, just that she hates the Skyscraper because it's in love with her house, and they talk all night, so she can't sleep. In my eyes, Addison's parents have either died or moved into the Skyscraper. This, in Addison's eyes is a huge betrayal, and so she's left with this void where her parents once were. The Skyscraper and Red House fill the sort of gap in 'Love Letters.' 'Love Letters' is like their origin story, the 'how we met' story parents tell their children, the first date stories, the first adventures, not only is it a love story, to Addison it's how she was left and then picked up by parental beings. Maybe Addison's parents are the Skyscraper and Red House, who knows? Either way, Addison is so full of resentment towards the two buildings, that she doesn't know what to do with it. She's full of emotion with no where to go.
Did that answer your question? Haha... Sorry, it became really rambling and long winded."
To learn more about Cecilia, Globoe, and her writing or art, check out the First Edition of Pufferfish at the Neutral Zone's Shopify (link here)