Please welcome Isaiyan Morrison to Parajunkee’s View.
Book Name: Deamhan
Release Date: 08/12/2013
Genre: Urban Fantasy, paranormal, vampire
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Isaiyan Morrison. I was born and raised in Minneapolis. I’m a vet (four years in the Navy,) a gamer (at one point in time I was sponsored to play and travel to video game tournaments,) and a writer. I write dark fiction and young adult novels. I now reside in Texas.
In your own words, tell us a little bit about your book?
Deamhan follows the story of a woman, Veronica, who goes back to Minnesota to find the truth about her mother’s disappearance over twenty years ago. The only thing she knows is that her parents worked for a secret organization, which had something to do with the disappearance.
When she starts to retrace her mother’s footsteps, she realizes that her mother was tracking a Deamhan and to find this Deamhan, she has to place herself in their dark and dangerous world.
Can you tell us about the characters in your book? Who is your favorite?
Nathan Tiernan is a human who resides in Blind Bluff Manor, a home located outside of Minneapolis, with three Deamhan: Anastasia, Remy, and Hallie. He knew Veronica’s parents and because of her mother’s disappearance, he’s pretty much been in hiding away from the organization he used to belong to.
Anastasia, a Ramanga Deamhan, who’s very quiet but at the same time she can flip a switch, and go Hannibal Lector on you. She plays a very important role in the novel when it comes to Veronica’s search for her mother. She’s also a character I’ve had brewing in my head for a long time. I’m so happy that her personality fits well in the novel.
Remy is more the playful but mysterious type. He likes to play around with his human meals and exploit the fact that he’s pretty much untouchable thus he can do what he wants. Anastasia does like him and he uses that to get under her skin.
Hallie is younger and a newer Deamhan. Since she was sired, she’s never stepped foot outside the manor. She still acts like your normal everyday teenage girl but she takes risks, knowing that she can since she’s no longer human.
Lambert , the head vampire in Minneapolis, runs a club called Dark Sepulcher which caters to Deamhan and vampire alike.
Right now, I’d have to say Anastasia is my favorite character in the book. Remy comes in at a close second.
What makes your book different from other books out there in the same genre?
I realize that there are tons of books out there which deal with supernatural creatures; werewolves, vampires, ect. I wanted my “vampires” to be different so I started researching. I came across different types of vampires than just your average bloodsuckers and I didn’t understand why most authors in the vampire genre never exploited that. It’s an unexplored region of vampire myth and lore and I couldn’t wait to dive right in. I picked eight different types of vampires to include in my novel along with the common bloodsucker.
For example, I have one clan, called Metusba, who feed off the psychic auras of humans. There’s another clan, called, Lugat, who feed off the psychic imprints left behind by humans by using their hands. Both clans have no fangs because, they don’t need them. I also have Ramanga who are your bloodsuckers so they have fangs. In total, there are eight clans but I’ve only introduced four of them in Deamhan.
Among that, I promised myself that my vampires, my Deamhan, would be mean and ruthless. They don’t cry about their existence, they kill to survive, and they like it. I thought about what I would do if I were immortal. Can they love? It’s a possibility and there’s nothing wrong with that. However, I didn’t want that to be part of the main storyline when it came to Deamhan. It’s all about survival. They know that no one is truly immortal and that they can die so having the gift of immortality is something that they don’t want to place on the line.
Do you have any quirks or processes that you go through when you write?
I like to organize and plan storylines. I usually spend anywhere from a day to a week researching before I start. I prefer writing during the day and when I feel a little overwhelmed I’ll take one or two hour breaks and do something else, like playing a video game, reading, or watching TV. I wish I could write at night but I’m easily distracted.
I write whatever comes to mind even if it sounds horrible or I feel it has nothing to do with the story. Depending on how deep I feel I need to edit, I’ll print it out and edit it by hand (this takes a long time.)
Having character profiles for each character in the story does help keep track of small things like hair and eye color, hair length, likes and dislikes, backgrounds.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Jack Kerouac (Tristessa is my favorite novel of all time,) Anne Rice, Stephen King, Toni Morrison and myself obviously.
What are you reading now?
Currently I’m reading nothing at the moment. However, the last book I read was Autotherapy by Sakina Murdock. It’s a good murder/mystery set in the background of a small town. The book is very thorough, the characters engaging which kept me interested. I highly recommend it!
What advice can you give to struggling writers?
Don’t be scared to share your work. You have to stand out to be noticed this day and age. Nothing comes easy. You have to struggle, work through the rough times, stay motivated, positive, and determined. You’ll encounter blocks along the way so prepare yourself to either go around them or climb them with ease. If this is what you want to do and you have passion for it, no one’s stopping you. Now get to it!
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An avid gamer, writer, and lover of history, Isaiyan Morrison was born and raised in Minnesota. She moved to San Diego, California while in the Navy. After serving four years of active duty, she moved to Los Angeles.
After a few years, she moved back to Minnesota where she started to pursue her dream to be an author.
Besides writing, she also likes to read, surf the internet, watch movies, and play video games. She likes warm drinks, pico de gallo, and her love for cilantro is legendary.
Deamhan is the first novel published in the Deamhan series.
She now resides in Texas with her two cats, a pit bull dog, and two guinea pigs.
3 ebooks of Deamhan(international and domestic)
Deamhan bookmarks Swag Packs you’ll get 1 of each (3 winners) (there are one for each clan)
3 Ramanga Bookmarks – Domestic only
3 Lamia Bookmarks – Domestic only
3 Metusba Bookmarks – Domestic only
3 Lugat Bookmarks – Domestic only
Giveaway ends August 27th