Today I’m excited to have on my blog the author of the Deamhan Chronicles, Isaiyan Morrison! Thanks for stopping by, Isaiyan!
My pleasure! Thank you for having me!
Leigh: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in Minnesota. I’ve also lived in San Diego CA, Hollywood CA, and Texas. I did four years in the military and now I’m back in Minnesota.
Besides writing, I love playing video games and spending time outside in my garden. I have three beautiful cats and three Pit Bulls who are down right adorable.
Leigh: What inspired you to write the Deamhan Chronicles?
The idea came to me back in the late 90s when I was working at a comic book shop in Minneapolis. I love reading dark fiction/supernatural novels, especially when they involve vampires. I also love History so I dug deep into vampire lore and realized that there are other types of vampire based creatures out there, just waiting to be explored. So I picked on (psychic vampires) and had to narrow down the creatures associated with that type of vampire down to eight: Ramanga, Metusba, Lamia, Lugat, Estrie, Ekimmu, Empusa, and Adze.
Ramanga, Metusba, Lamia, Lugat feed on humans and vampires. Estrie, Ekimmu, Empusa, and Adze can also feed on humans, vampires, and other Deamhan.
They’re also separated by distinct feeding patterns. For example, Ramanga and Estrie are the only two who have fangs because they feed off the psychic energy in the blood of their victims. Lamia Deamhan suck away the life force from their victim’s mouths.
Leigh: What are your favorite movies? How do you feel about more recent trends in vampire film and books (such as Twilight)?
I’m all over the place when it comes to movies. I collect comic books so I love comic based films and T.V. Shows. Of course anything supernatural and historical catches my eye as well. As for movies I enjoy:
Many people have bashed on Twilight. I don’t have a problem with the books and how the vampires are portrayed. The author created something that many readers enjoyed and many movie goers enjoyed. Why hate on that?
In my books Deamhan are a lot more ruthless because they have to be if they want to survive, so there’s little room for romance or attending High School for the hundredth time. They aren’t violent just to be violent. They also have to learn how to act among humans and sanguine vampires. So in that sense, you can say my books take a more traditional and less explored route when it comes to supernatural creatures.
Leigh: What’s the most difficult part of your writing process?
Finding the time to write is a challenge. I also work a full time job so many of my days are long. Sometimes I don’t go to bed until midnight, only to wake up at six in the morning the next day!
Once I am writing, the editing process is also challenging. Tightening my prose, working out the kinks in the plot…basically nitpicking the manuscript so that it’s ready for and editor to go through can be a hassle but it’s worth it.
Leigh: Do you work from an outline before you write the series, or do you let the characters drive the story?
I do a mixture of both. I have an outline, I know where I want to go with the story and where I want to end up. Basically, I have a starting point and an end point. What’s in between changes often. Several times I’ve had to rework my plot because I allowed certain characters to drive the story.
Leigh: What are you working on at the moment and what can you tell us about it?
I’m working on a side book in The Deamhan Chronicles. It’s based on a popular character in the book (Remy) and takes place in France from the late 1840s to present. It explores how he was sired and the challenges he had to face as a new Lamia Deamhan.
I’m also working on a new series, loosely based on The Deamhan Chronicles which is currently untitled. This three book series is from the point of view of other supernatural creatures in the Deamhan world and how they have to deal and interact with Deamhan.
Leigh: When did you decide to become a writer? What is it that draws you to this genre?
I’ve always loved reading and writing paranormal and/or quirky stories. There’s something about the genre that moves me. I love reading other genres (I love westerns) but I can’t write a western novel.
I wrote my first short story in 5th grade. I still have it! It’s called ‘Runaway Toilet on Jackson Street.’ It was about a toilet that came to life and two kids had to figure out a way to capture it and return it to the bathroom. Sounds silly, but I was so proud of that story. I still am!
I write my first paranormal in 7th grade. Sadly, I can’t find it and I don’t remember the name of it. However, I do remember how thrilling and exciting it was to create characters, put them in a situation, and control how I wanted that situation to play out.
After I wrote another novel in 8th grade called “Wolves of Evil (I still have it!) I came to the conclusion that was what I wanted to do. I didn’t really dive into the writer’s life, so to speak, until 2012.
Leigh: What actors can you envision playing the major characters in the series?
There are a handful of characters in my novels so I’ve chosen just a few:
1. Lucius – Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
I believe that Nikolaj has the acting ability to bring Lucius to the screen. Not only is Lucius known to forgive Deamhan for their actions, he’s also known to strike down those who stand against him and his agenda. He’s a complex character with much thought, wit, and vileness and Nikolaj has the ability to play the character well.
2. Remy – Taylor Kitsch
Remy is considered a middle aged Deamhan but he’s been through much more than many older Deamhan. Born into a bourgeoisie family, he has no choice but to tear back his sheltered life if he wants to survive in the dark world of Deamhan. Plus he considers himself a ladies man so to speak. I believe that Taylor Kitsch has the acting ability to bring this character to life on screen with his attractive looks and his younger appearance.
3. Anastasia – Anna Mouglalis
Anna is relatively unknown to American audiences and so is Anastasia. I’d want an actress to show the Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde persona that Anastasia has and I think as an actress Anna Mouglalis can pull that off. Anastasia is a brutal killer who Deamhan fear. She is also loyal and is currently facing a dilemma within herself which spills out to those around her. Not to mention, her first name is Anna.
4. Lambert – Jack Savoretti
A vampire who stands by the side of Deamhan is hard to find yet Lambert is such one vampire. The owner of Dark Sepulcher, he tries to keep the peace between his own vampires and Deamhan by offering an establishment in the city where supernatural beings can be themselves. Like Anna Mouglalis, I believe that an unknown actor can bring this character to life on screen. Jack Savoretti, an English singer of Italian descent, has the looks and the voice that fits Lambert’s cool and collective persona perfectly.
Leigh: Where can readers discover more about you and your work?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Isaiyan-Morrison/e/B004CF80F6
*You can also find my books listed on my Amazon Author Page*
Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.
A veteran of the Armed Forces, Isaiyan Morrison was born and raised in Minneapolis.
Her passions include writing, reading, and researching historical events.
She also spends her time gardening, playing video games, and hanging out with her three cats and beloved pitt bull.
She’s the author of The Deamhan Chronicles and the novel, Old Farmer’s Road.