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!
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!
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. 🙂
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/
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.
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?
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!
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.
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