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Friday, May 24, 2013

What is Deamhan?

With the announcement of the release date for my novel Deamhan right around the corner, I've been polishing up the novel's website!


At first, I didn't know what route I wanted to take, but I did know that I wanted to give potential readers and fans an idea of what the novel is about and how important certain characters are to the story. Oh, and the Deamhan universe is a little complicated.

Q. So what does Deamhan mean?

A. Deamhan means "demon" in Irish. Pretty straight forward, right? But wait, it get's a little more interesting.


Q. What is the novel about? 

A. Here's just a sample of the synopsis.

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.

Q. Wait? What in the hell is Ramanga, Lamia, Metusba and Lugat? I thought this was a vampire novel?

A. Oh, it is. However, this novel is different.
Let me explain.
About a decade ago, before the days of sparkling, sissy vampires, I wanted to write a vampire novel. My idea of a vampire is an immortal creature who feeds on blood and burns during daylight. When I began to brainstorm, I realized that there are many other vampires in folk lore who haven't seen daylight. There are psychic vamps, vampires who can shapeshift ect. Some vampires live off blood, some vampires live off psychic energy. Some vampires have sharp canines, some have a row of sharp teeth, and some don't have sharp teeth at all.

I was shocked after my research and I began to think. What if I wrote about these other types of vampires? It was difficult at first. I didn't know what I would call them, how'd they act, what they'd do. So again I returned back to my research and I pinpointed creatures from different cultures. I compared them, figured them out, and in the end I had to decided if I wanted to include them or not. Some made the cut, some didn't. Believe me, there were so many to choose from.

Got it? Good.

Q. Can you explain the type of Deamhan and how they differ?

A. Sure! I'll give you a quick explanation.

Ramanga -  One of the most violent of all Deamhan. Feed by draining the blood from their human victims. They have retractable and sharp canine teeth.teeth.
Lamia -  Feed by draining on the life force from their victim's mouths, sucking them into dry husks. Lamia prefer the hunt rather than the kill. They favor eating small children.

Metusba -  known to be the less violent of the Deamhan. They use their hands to feed from the psychic aura of their victims around them. They don't necessarily have to kill their victims.

Lugat - feed on the psychic imprints of their victims and like the Metusba, they don't need to kill their victims to live. Often, the Lugat Deamhan prefer to move freely in the human world and enjoy human company.

Did I mention that there are four more clans? They don't make an appearance until the second book so there's no need to mention them right now.
Detailed information will be listed on the Deamhan website and you can read it there, once it goes active.


Q. This isn't a romance novel?

A. I don't write romance. Never have. Sure, sexual tensions occur but this book is purely based on a human woman retracing her mother's steps and finding out about the Deamhan first hand. Expect murder, killings, and death.

Q. So when will the novel be released?

Official release date hasn't been confirmed yet. When I get that information from my publisher, I'm going to blast it all over the net!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Spreading the Good News!

I just received the edits back for Deamhan and I have to say, I'm having a blast going through my novel and reading the editor's comments. I'm ecstatic that Charlotte Gledson, the editor loves it!

From the look of what she wrote in her email, she really enjoyed it!




Her personal webpage is http://www.darkfictionediting.co.uk/ I highly recommend her! She's awesome at what she does.

This is very exciting. It just makes my faith in my work all the stronger!
I hope to get through these edits in about two weeks. If things work out well, I should have a set publication date for my novel from my publisher soon!

Also, I've received eight chapters for The Carriers, my novella. I was so scared to open the emails because this is my first attempt at writing a novella. I've received great feedback from the editor along with important things I've either missed or described too much of. I'm currently writing the second installment and I have to admit, it's killing me. When it comes to writing, I prefer 70,000 - 85,000 word novels. However, that doesn't mean that I'll try writing almost anything. The shortest piece I wrote was about 323 words which was published online a few years ago.

I never thought that writing something this short would prove to be so hard. It's a learning process which I plan to overcome!

I also received a rough draft of the cover for the novella. It's exactly what I've wanted and I can't wait for the finished product!

Damn, I love being a writer!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Yahoo's Most Terrifying Films

Sipping on my morning coffee, I came across an article on Yahoo that almost made me choke.

View Listing Here


Do you agree with this list? 

I personally didn't find The Blair Witch Project that scary. Candyman didn't scare me. In fact, I found it entertaining. Contagion wasn't scary at all and My Bloody Valentine . . . . really Yahoo?

I do agree that Deliverance was pretty scary in a backwater hick sort of way. The Serpent and the Rainbow fits the list.

In my opinion, they should've included The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Fright Night (original,) Howling II, and Psycho just to name a few or gave them honorable mentions.

Here are my top ten scariest movies (in no particular order)


1. Psycho
2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
3. Howling II
4. Fright Night (original)
5.  A Nightmare on Elm Street
6.  Exorcist
7. The Changeling
8. Hellraiser
9. Friday the 13th
10. Poltergeist

Honorable Mentions

Saw
Salem's Lot
The Mist (original)
The Shining
The Thing (original)
Ju- On
Halloween

Monday, April 1, 2013

Time to Weed out my T.V. Shows




The new trailer for this Season 6 of TruBlood was just released!  This season should be good!




Oh my God. My T.V. schedule is hectic, even during the summer.



Spring
Game of Thrones
Bates Motel
Vikings

Summer
TruBlood
TeenWolf

Fall/ Winter
Sons of Anarchy
Boardwalk Empire
Vampire Diaries
Supernatural
Being Human
Arrow
Grimm

Oh I know I'm missing a few shows. Actually, I hope I'm not missing any shows.


Friday, March 29, 2013

Update

I never knew writing a novella could be so hard. That realization slapped me in the face.


I finished my very first novella, Sphere, and right now it's in the hands of an editor. I've already contracted my boyfriend's brother for the cover design, which is coming along nicely. I'm shooting for a mid June 2013 release. I was actually hoping to release the novella in late June but I'll be in Orlando for a video game tournament which I'll probably participate in myself.

With that being said, I'm going to start releasing a few pages here and there of the novel on my blog as well as my Facebook page in anticipation for the release of the novella. 


As for Deamhan, my publisher Rainstorm Press has been very helpful in making sure my questions are answered when it comes to the editing and the release date. I have yet to receive any edits, but we're only in the first round and it's only been a week. Patience is a virtue.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

MARLEY - A Must See Documentary

Recently I've been on a Netflix binge. I caught up with shows like Teen Wolf, Being Human and I've tried watching other shows like Breaking Bad (I still can't get through the first two episodes) and Walking Dead (I've decided that I'm just not going to like that show.)

Searching Netflix on my Xbox, I came across a documentary which caught my eye. 



I'm a huge Bob Marley fan. Along with The Doors, Bob Marley and the Wailers are, have been, and will be among my favorite bands of all time.

Before watching, I thought I already knew enough about Bob Marley that this documentary couldn't tell me. Boy, was I wrong.

First, I had no idea that his father was white. I know this shouldn't mean anything but for me, it means everything. It's part of his identity and I could somehow relate to the how he was treated because of his race growing up.

My father is Nigerian and my mother is from Missouri. Her ancestors are a mixture of black, white, and Native American but when I look in the mirror, I see black. My father used to tell me that some Nigerians from his area looked down on what they called "half breeds." This didn't make sense to me. For one, I considered myself black. However, because my mother wasn't Nigerian, I was a half breed.
Now, I don't know if that attitude is the same today. I personally think that's changed. But it was something that always stuck with me.



So when the documentary talked about his white side (they even created his melanoma to his "white side" which I found really odd,) I immediately remembered the things my father told me.

Besides his history, the documentary also covered    his wife and his children, and his multiple girlfriends- some who also had children. I did find it a little disturbing that his wife dealt with his girlfriends and their children by accepting them. I don't know if I could ever do that. However, she said that their goal was getting the music out into the world and I felt like if she did confront his cheating, it would've jeopardized the band and the music.

They did explain the Rastafarian movement, why he grew dreadlocks, and smoked marijuana. I knew that the word "Jah" was mentioned in some of his songs (Could you be Loved for example) but again, I didn't really understand the purpose. After watching this documentary, I finally understood.

I found myself singing along to some of the songs played in the documentary (one of my favorite "High Tide Low Tide" wasn't played but I found myself humming the tune anyway)

The ending was really touching. It showed people from all walks of life; from India to Japan to Jamaica to America singing Bob Marley songs, wearing clothing with Marley's image, and Bob Marley graffiti.

This was one of the best documentaries I've seen by far on Bob Marley. It left me thinking about his music, his message, and the life that some live. I highly recommend it for Bob Marley fans around the world and for anyone who wants to understand the man that is Bob Marley.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Get Back to The Theme, Please!

I'm delighted to see that one of my favorite T.V. shows on at the moment is back.
Grimm

Watching last night's episode made me realize one thing. I'm tired of the "Juliette spell" story line. I want that story line to end so badly. I think it's taking away from the main purpose of the show; Grimm taking down big bad baddies.

However, I'm thrilled of the show's return. 

Just to give a brief explanation of the show, Grimm is about a detective, Nick Burkhardt, who discovers that he's a Grimm, a person descended from those who try to keep a certain balance between creatures (Wesens) that no other human can see, and humans themselves. He's married to Juliette who comes under a spell, falls into a coma, and his awakened by Nick's boss, Captain Sean Renard. By waking her up, Juliette and Captain Sean Renard start this love affair that's out of their control. 

While I enjoy the show immensely and I can't wait for next week's episode, I hope that they resolve this Juliette spell issue as soon as possible. It's stealing the light away from the show's main theme. 




Thursday, February 28, 2013

Updates, Updates, Updates



I have a few updates I'd like to share. Instead of creating a post for each update, I decided to cram them all together in one long post.


First and foremost I updated my personal website, isaiyanmorrison.com with links to this blog, my Facebook Page, Twitter, and Goodreads page. I've also added a few gifs pertaining to sites for my book: deamhan.com, oldfarmersroad.com, and spherenovel. com.
As of right now these sites are under construction. I'll update their launch site as soon as its available. I'm trying to get deamhan.com up and running in the next month. 

Second is my progress in Sensual Appetite, the second book in my Deamhan series. I've finished the second rounds of edits in my book and I'm going back in for a third. In the next month I'll be on the search for beta readers, so if you're interested just let me know!

My third update is about an idea I've had sitting in my head for about two years now. It's about a character in the Deamhan universe that's been sitting in the back of my brain, yelling for the spotlight.

At first, I wasn't sure how I wanted to approach it. I had several ideas: cameos, maybe a prologue or an epilogue devoted just for her in my novel Deamhan. However, that meant that she would have to have some kind of important role and I had a hard time trying to find out how to fit the character into the novel.

There's too much going on in Deamhan and the second book, Sensual Appetite to include her. I've tried several times and failed. (There seems to be this thing with me, including characters only to take them out later.)

Then it came to me. Why not just write a novella? I mean, I had plenty of her written down (that I had to take out from both novels) to have a good start. Why not just devote a novella to her? That way, when I finally decide to include her, possibly in the 3rd novel, there would be enough of her out there already for the reader to know. This also falls into my idea of creating a stand off series titled "The Brotherhood Files" which  will be mostly about the background and history of the major characters in the Deamhan universe.

The working title is "Maris - The Brotherhood Files." So far, I'm having a blast writing the outline for the novel and I'm excited to see where this character is taking me. I get to finally include my second favorite character of my Deamhan series!

I haven't decided to self publish the novel or go the traditional route. I'm leaning toward self publishing and releasing a little here and there for free or at .99 cents. However, that's something that I'm not going to worry about, not now. I'm just enjoying this character too much!

Now, back to writing. :)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Short Story Update

Today I'm proud to announce that you can preorder your copy of Genesis Anthology Chapter 2 from  Black Fiction Society.

If you don't remember (or don't know) my short story The Man in the Striped Suit was accepted for publication in this anthology.

If you'd like to preorder your copy or if you have questions about Black Fiction Society, I've included a link below (and above.)

All order ship March 1st.

http://blacksciencefictionsociety.com/

Friday, February 22, 2013

To Write You Have To Read

To write, you have to read.


I strongly believe this strongly. I also believe that in this day and age, it's hard to find a really good book. I've bought so many books just last year and I would say 95% of them I couldn't finish.

The book was either horribly written, didn't catch my interest, or had to many errors in the writing itself to keep me focused on the plot.

To write, you have to read.





Monday, February 11, 2013

Blog Spotlight


            I'm an internet whore. I love surfing the net, finding new things, new people- anything that I can read and enjoy.
I thought I'd share some of the social media sites of these authors, known and unknown, on my blog from now on.
            The first one I'd like to share is Anne Rice.
            One of my favorite authors, Anne Rice is known for her Vampire Chronicles Novels, Mayfair Witches
            She doesn't blog (I haven't found a blog.) However, she has a Facebook page and shares a lot of valuable information with her followers. She gives updates on her novels, what she's reading, reviews of her novels, any tour date information, and her youtube info when she uploads a video. Several times she shares information about her son Christopher, who is also a writer.
            I have to add that she doesn't mind sharing her political views on her facebook page as well. For those who don't want anything to do with politics, you might find yourself skipping over a few of her posts here and there.
            Check out her facebook page when and if you have the chance!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

African American . . no wait, Caucasian American . . . no wait


The question of race when it comes to writing came to me one day after editing my second novel in my Deamhan series.

I've never given it any thought. For me, race isn't an important detail for my characters. However, I believe it should be.
Thinking about it now, I haven't really defined what race some of my characters are.

I keep a folder for each character containing information from history, background ect.
Looking through my character profile sheets I realized that I left the race information blank. I don't know why. Maybe it's because I don't want to deal with "how many *insert race here* characters should I have in this novel?"

Don't get me wrong. I believe the race of a character is important, when the author has to describe it and give it attention. What I mean is, how often do you, as a reader, think about the race of the character you're reading about? I don't and I don't assume either.

With that said, I do know the race of some of my characters in Deamhan.
Hallie, the Metusba Deamhan, is black.
Remy, the Lugat Deamhan, is white.
Alexis the vampire, for example, is black. I know this because of her history with Lambert, her sire, and the date she was sired. I based her race around that, not the other way around.
As for Veronica, the main character, and Anastasia, my favorite character. Veronica is white and Anastasia . . . well . . . she has dark hair and she was born in Europe. That would make her white.

I prefer to let me reader decide. If it happens that I have to dive a little deeper into the background of my character and the issue of race needs to be resolved, then I'll resolve it at that moment.

So the question is, do I decide race first or do I wait after I've created the history for my characters? It's easier to decide race later because I'm more interested in the history of my characters than what they look like, although I understand how important it is for a reader to absorb as much information as possible to understand the story.
If a character was born in American, came from a rough background- that pretty much describes any race, right?

As a reader, writer, or both do you think the race of a character is just as important as the background of a character?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Great News!

I've been waiting awhile to mention this. I wanted to be sure at first and not jump to conclusions. However, I'm excited that I can now finally say that my novel, Deamhan, has found a home!


Yes, Deamhan has found a home!


Rainstorm Press has sent over the contract which was pretty reasonable. I signed it and it's in the mail. So now I can official celebrate!


Still I know there's a lot that can happen from now until publication. Things can go awry (like my first publisher who I shall not name) but I'm going to keep my head up. It's taken a decade to get my baby off and running. I can't wait!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Showing versus Telling

Showing vs Telling

In high school I read a lot of Stephen King novels. The one that comes to mind is The Stand. The version I read was the complete and uncut version, over 1000 pages. I found myself skipping through some of the reading, wondering what it had to do with the storyline. Even though I questioned, I continued reading because I loved the description. Stephen King wrote enough description to make me understand but not too much to hold my hand like a baby through the novel.

Showing versus telling has always been a huge topic for writers (a pain in the ass for me.) From High School to College, English teachers have told me that you need to show more in your pieces of fiction than tell more. I worked on it and now, after all that time, I've seen a huge change in my writing.

Throughout the ten years I've been working on my novel Deamhan, several beta readers told me that it's too descriptive. I've also been told I need more description. I've always taken their advice, adding stuff here and taking stuff out there until the novel slowly developed into something I didn't recognize. I started to feel that my novel wasn't my own.

I had a younger adult, 23 years of age, read my novel. He told me I had too much description, not enough action.

I started to pay closer attention  and it suddenly came to me .

Younger readers want more action while older readers want more description.

So what to do?  My novel is marketed toward 18-30 year olds (hard market, I know) so should I pay attention to the beta readers in that age bracket?

I personally love a mixture of both. Some novels I just want action and some novels I want more description. So how can you tell if you're writing needs more or less description?

 

I decided last year after a publishing company wanted me to revise then later rejected my novel that I like my novel as is. I'm not saying that when it gets accepted, I won't change it. Oh no. I will. But right now, I like my novel as is. There comes a point when you have to just take a deep breath and believe that your novel is right for publication.

 

Some say you can never edit your novel enough. I disagree. You can edit your novel enough, perhaps too much. When you as the writer start don't understand what's happening in your novel or you question your edits after the millionth edit, you've gone too far.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror 2013

I'm happy to announce that I'll be participating in The Ladies and Gentlemen of Horror Annual Anthology in 2013.

Authors participating in this creative anthology include Hydra M. Star, Lindsey Beth Goddard, and Erich Johnson  just to name a few.

It's an honor to be part of something this big!

More details to come!

http://lgohanthology.wix.com/lgoh