You may not know this about me, but I love to read. Okay, you probably did know that about me. Hell, I’m a blogger, of course I love to read.

If you didn’t know that about me I need to reevaluate our friendship, because it just ended.

One thing I have learned through blogging is that the world is full of talented writers. And because of that overflowing pool of talent not everyone gets a shot at becoming traditionally published. In fact, becoming a traditionally published author has to be one of the hardest things to accomplish. Your work really needs to stand out in order to catch the eye of an editor or agent. Or you need to know someone who knows someone. Or you need to be really lucky.

Now, darlings (see what I did there?), I’m no editor or literary agent. In fact, my literary education ceased once I graduated high school. In fact, my senior English teacher may even attest that it ended before then. That, however, does not mean I don’t know talent when I see it. After all, I consume books like a hippo gulps marbles. (Hungry Hungry Hippos. Keep up with me.)

Though I have made the acquaintance of many, many (many, many, many) talented writers during my years lost in the blogosphere, one talent in particular stands out. One voice can be deciphered amid the cacophony of words being dumped into the virtual ether by the millions of bloggers uploading their prose to the interwebs.

That voice belongs to Helena Hann-Basquiat, dilettante.

I don’t know how she does it, but her every single word captivates me. She is insanely creative and has the innate gift to turn her amazing, and often macabre, ideas into compelling stories. She is massively versatile. She can entertain you with her outlandish and hilarious anecdotes. She can, under the pen name of Jessica B. Bell, grip your very heart and terrorize it with fiction darker than night. She can even make words dance on the rare occasion she creates her beautiful poetry.

There is not one story, one blog post, or one verse she has written that I have not thoroughly enjoyed. So when she asked for volunteers for the cover reveal of her upcoming book Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume Two, I immediately pledged my support to her. If you don’t already follow Helena’s blog, if you have never read any of her books, you are missing out.

Behold! I present to you Helena Hann-Basquiat, dilettante and conveyor of simply stupefying stories. (Alliteration, darlings, is something at which Helena excels.)


helena-h-bThe enigmatic Helena Hann-Basquiat dabbles in whatever she can get her hands into just to say that she has.

She’s written cookbooks, ten volumes of horrible poetry that she then bound herself in leather she tanned poorly from cows she raised herself and then slaughtered because she was bored with farming.

She has an entire portfolio of macaroni art that she’s never shown anyone, because she doesn’t think that the general populous or, “the great unwashed masses” as she calls them, would understand the statement she was trying to make with them.

Some people attribute the invention of the Ampersand to her, but she has never made that claim herself.

In 2014, she published Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One, several e-books which now make up Volume Two, as well as a multimedia collaborative piece of meta-fictional horror entitled JESSICA.

Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One is available HERE in e-book for Kindle or HERE in paperback.

Helena writes strange, dark fiction under the name Jessica B. Bell.

Find more of her writing at or or connect with her via Twitter @HHBasquiat.


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COMING SPRING 2015 — official date TBA

Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume Two is the second collection of reminiscences, following Helena Hann-Basquiat, a self-proclaimed dilettante who will try anything just to say that she has, and her twenty-something niece, who she has dubbed the Countess Penelope of Arcadia.

Speaking of Arcadia, this volume delves into Helena’s childhood, as she revisits what she calls the Arcadia of the mind — that place that keeps us trapped and holds us back from our potential. Some of her most personal stories are included here, interspersed with hilarious stories of misadventure. It’s not a novel, really, and it’s not a memoir, by the strictest definition. But most of what follows, as they say, is true. Sort of. Almost. From a certain point of view.

Discover Helena’s tales for the first time or all over again, with new notes and annotations for the culturally impaired — or for those who just need to know what the hell was going through her mind at the time!

Cover art by Hastywords.

Helena is going to be running a crowdfunding/pre-order campaign at Pubslush, a community focused solely on indie writers, and has set up a profile there to launch Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume Two.

For more information, and to follow the progress, Become a Fan at

If you just can’t wait and you want a taste of Helena’s writing, follow her blog:

If you just can’t get enough Helena, or you want updates on further goings on, release dates and miscellaneous mayhem, follow Helena on Twitter @hhbasquiat


Memoirs of a Dilettante: Volume OneMemoirs of a Dilettante Volume One (paperback)
Memoirs of a Dilettante Volume One (e-book)

Postcards from California (e-book)

Leaving Arcadia (e-book)

Kindle Edition


Kindle Edition

Jessica B. Bell

The Best Medicine (e-book)

Three Cigarettes (e-book)

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  1. This looks like it’s worth a look. Thanks, TD.




  3. Got the first collection! Great cover reveal!

    Thanks for sharing this, TD!



  4. Yes Darlings, Helena has talent that captivate men and women alike and perhaps aliens too… who knows?

    Love this post TD and yea she is awesome!

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  5. I have not gotten a chance to know her well yet but she seems like the real deal, darling. 🙂


  6. Kristi Campbell - findingninee // January 16, 2015 at 8:22 pm // Reply

    Nice! Hasty did a kickass job on the cover too!! LOVE!!

    Liked by 1 person

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