1. Welcome Isaiyan to Mother/Gamer/Writer. For those readers who are not familiar with you or your work can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
First, I’d like to thank you for having me on Mother/Gamer/Writer. My name is Isaiyan Morrison and I’m the author of Deamhan and the upcoming novella, Kei. Family Matters. I write adult paranormal novels and Young Adult novels.
Besides writing, I also love playing video games. At one point I was sponsored to play and travel in video game tournaments across America and the Caribbean.
2. Do you have a particular writing style? Any odd writing habits?
I’d like to think that I don’t have a particular writing style. I write what comes to mind. A cup of coffee jolts my mind but honestly, I don’t have any odd writing habits. I understand what I have to do and I try my best to accomplish the task at hand.
3. Who would you consider your favorite authors, or where do you draw inspiration?
I enjoy reading Anne Rice, Toni Morrison, and Jack Kerouac. I’m a fan of Stephen King as well. These authors inspire me.
I love the worlds Anne Rice creates. Yes, her vampires are also interesting, but it’s her environment and her knowledge about human history that really strikes me. I love history and I like reading about characters in different time periods.
Toni Morrison is just a beautiful author. Her choice of words and how she manages to weave them onto paper still gets me to this day. Also there are issues in her novels that I myself understand because I’ve been through them myself.
In high school I was all about “freedom” and “expanding your mind.” I felt that Jack Kerouac’s novels helped me deal with all the issues I had back then. I could escape into his books, reading about different characters and their own plights.
Stephen King is another author who just has this magic when it comes down to creating environments and characters. Plus he has awesome plotlines!
4. What books are currently on your bookshelf?
I just finished Beatrysal by Johnny Worthen. Right now I’m not reading anything but I plan on picking up Stephen King’s book, Doctor Sleep.
5. Without giving too much away, can you tell us what were your favorite scenes, chapters, or characters to write?
I love characters who aren’t one dimensional and full of surprises, so I’d have to say that my favorite character in my novel is Anastasia. Her inner struggle to change after living 400 plus years is amazing. She has so much good and bad history. She’s one of those characters that can easily switch from being a protagonist to antagonist.
6. With vampires being a prominent theme in today’s market, how did you strive to make your vampires stand out among the crowd? Do they have an unique abilities that you can share?
At first I just wanted to write a vampire novel, but after researching, I found out that there are so many different types of vampires. It blew my mind. I wondered why writers never wrote about them. Was it too hard? Are they not interesting enough? I find psychic vampires more interesting than sanguine vampires.
Deamhan are psychic vampires which is different from sanguine (blood) vampires which we all read about. They don’t rely on blood to survive. Instead they need the psychic energy (chi, manna ect.) to survive. There are four clans and they all feed differently.
I wanted to go this route because I feel that the vampire market is oversaturated. There’s too much romance and I prefer my “vampires” to be dark. Deamhan are just that. Plus there are different types of vampires that exist in vampire lore. Why not write about them?
7. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Don’t be scared to share your work. You have to stand out to be noticed this day and age. Nothing comes easy. You will struggle, you will have those days when you don’t want to write anything or you can’t think of anything to write. We all have them. The difference is are you willing to work through it or give up?
Remember, you’re a small fish in a sea full of other fishes who have the same agenda as you. You have to work hard if you want it.
8. Lastly, is there anything you would like to say to your fans, or to people who are considering reading your novel?
I hope that that readers will give my book a try. It’s probably the first and most important thing for new writers. It’s hard to gain followers and sometimes, as readers, you have to take that blind step into reading another writer’s work.
If you like vampire literature not heavily influenced by romance. If you like vampires that don’t spend eternity in high school or lusting after teenagers, Deamhan is right for you.
So far I’ve had nothing but good feedback about Deamhan so I guess I’m lucky.
This or That:
1. Tea or Coffee?
2. Reading or Writing?
Ohh, that’s a hard one. I’m going to have to say writing.
3. Walking Dead, True Blood or Game of Thrones?
I don’t like the Walking Dead. I’m not a fan of zombies. I love True Blood but Game of Thrones is such a good and epic show. I’ll go with Game of Thrones.
4. Books or Movies?
For More Information, Please Visit:
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/isaiyanmorrison
Novel Website http://deamhan.com
Deamhan Novel Links
Barnes and Noble
Kei. Family Matters. Deamhan Tales #1
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions; it has been my pleasure having you on Mother/Gamer/Writer!