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. 🙂

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/

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.

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?

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!

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