Tuesday, October 1, 2013

BLOG TOUR: Deamhan by Isaiyan Morrison INTERVIEW+GIVEAWAY

Deamhan Chronicles
Book One
By Isaiyan Morrison

Genre: Adult, paranormal
Publisher: Rainstorm Press
ISBN: 1937758400
ISBN-13: 978-1937758400
Number of pages: 218
Word Count: 85,000 words
Formats available: Print. E-book
Cover Artist: John Cosentino
Available Here: Amazon

Her soft golden skin, her warm smile…these are the only images Veronica Austin has left of her mother who disappeared without a trace twenty years ago on the streets of Minneapolis while researching the Ramanga, the Lamia, the Metusba, and the Lugat. Known only as the Deamhan, they are a different breed from the modern bloodsucking vampire.

A stranger to this world,  Veronica’s search for the truth about her mother’s unexplained disappearance takes her into their sinister and precarious world. She gains the trust of the only other human familiar with the Deamhan lifestyle. With his help she finds not only can the Deamhan not be trusted but it’s her own father, president of a ruthful organization of researchers, who has diabolically maintained that distrust.

Can you please share with us a little 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.

Have you always wanted to be an author?

I wrote my first novel when I was 13. It was really exciting and I wanted to write another one again. So I did. I decided in high school that I wanted to write but later, I became side tracked by college, the military, and other endeavors. So you can say that I caught the writing bug at 13.

Can you share with us your typical writing day.  Is there anything you have to have while writing?

I have to get my morning cup of coffee with hazelnut. If I don't I get sluggish after awhile.  If I'm stuck I take a break and play video games for a few hours (I love games.) I write for a few hours in the morning, take a break for an hour, and write again. Sundays are usually my off days but if I'm behind, I have no off days.

What would you say is the most challenging or rewarding part of writing?

Revising has always been a challenge to me. I wish that I could just write what was on my mind and it would come out perfect.  When I edit I like to add and take out parts Sometimes I do this extensively and I lose track at the task at hand.

Can you please tell us about your latest book?

Deamhan is the story about 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 and they 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.

How did you come with the idea for this story?

I've always wanted to write a vampire book. I just didn't know what it would be. I didn't want to write about romantic vampires because I don't enjoy reading about them. I also wanted my book to be different, so I started researching and what I found shocked me. I had no idea that there are different types of vampires out there with the most popular being sanguine (blood) and psychic vampires. I decided I wanted to write about psychic vampires since they aren't exploited as much as sanguine vampires.

Can you share with us your current work in progress?

I'm currently revising the first draft of Deamhan Tales. I hope to release it sometime in November on my website for free. This tale takes place between the first and second book in the Chronicles and it follows Kei who's on the run.
Book Two in the Chronicles should be released sometime next year. I don't have a date as of yet. 

Who are some of your favorite authors?

I enjoy reading Anne Rice, Toni Morrison, and Jack Kerouac. I'm a fan of Stephen King as well. 
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!

Do you feel that any of your favorite authors have inspired your writing style?

I want to say no but I don't think there's any author out there that hasn't been influenced by another author who came before them.

Open your book to a random page and please reads us a few lines.

Sean grabbed the knife in his pocket and yanked it out. He swung at her, and she grabbed onto his wrist. Pain shot through his hand, and he quickly dropped the knife to the ground. He felt the grip around his throat tighten. He heard Kenneth’s execrable laughter behind him. The red haired woman lifted him with ease and slammed his body onto the pool table. A burning sensation shot through Sean’s back and he screamed, feeling each and every pool ball digging into his back. The bartender turned to look and quickly lowered the volume on his television.

What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?

I just ordered a young adult novel by Monique Snyman called "Charming Incantations: Enticed." I've heard awesome things about this author and I found the blurb interesting. I've grown to know a few of her characters from the information on her website and I have to say, they are intriguing.

Have you ever used anyone from your real life encounters in any of your books?

I killed off my boyfriend in one of my books? Does that count?
--WOW!! lol Nice! 

What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while you were writing?

I love to read dialogue out loud in what I feel is the voice of my character. Doing this makes me feel closer to my characters. If I can't do it I get really antsy.
Sometimes my boyfriend catches me and he'll make fun of me for weeks on end.  
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.
At one point she was sponsored to participate in video game tournaments. During that time she traveled to Canada, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Caribbean.
Her novel Deamhan, the first book in the Deamhan series, was accepted for publication by Rainstorm Press for release in mid 2013. She’s currently in talks to have the second book Sensual Appetite published by the same company.
Other novels the author has completed are The Carriers (Sphere Episode One,) The Bond (Sphere, Episode Two,) and Old Farmer’s Road to name a few.
She’s currently writing the third Deamhan book titled, Revelation, and Maris. The Brotherhood Files.

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