Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Author Spotlight: Brandy Isaacs

Brandy Isaacs
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Call me Ishmael…wait—no, I mean—I’m Brandy Isaacs.  I’m originally from Lexington, KY but I am now living in the Chicago-land area.  As much as I wish I could spend all my time writing, I have to pay the bills and work full-time in development for a non-profit and I also teach writing courses on the side.

2. When did you start writing, and why?

The first real thing I remember writing was a story about a lost kitten who finds a home.  I was probably about 12-ish and my mom helped me find a publisher to send the story to.  I’m sure it was terrible but she supported me.  Years later, as in I was probably 16 or so, I received a letter from the publisher thanking me for submitting the story but it, basically, wasn’t their cup of tea.  I was touched that someone was nice enough to respond.

I think I have always been a writer—academically or creatively and I’m pretty sure it all started because of a love of reading.  I was a reader before I could read.  My mom read to me until I could read on my own—I have her to thank for everything that followed.

Devil Inside
3. What do you write, and why? What do you enjoy about what you write?
I, so far, write paranormal fiction.  Because, that’s what I love to read.  I have two degrees in Literature and my favorite type has always been the dark, the macabre, the fantastic.  Even in movies and TV shows that’s what I gravitate towards.  I think I love it so much because not only is it exciting to me—but it can mean so much more than the words on the page.  Sometimes a zombie is just a zombie—but sometimes it’s not.

4. What is your latest book or series? Any forthcoming books?

Currently, I am working on a book called Don’t Let Them Find You.  I am pretty close to being done with the first draft.

Ride to the Devil
5. "Welcome To My Worlds": Tell us a little about the world of your latest book or series.
I wanted very much for the world of Don’t Let Them Find You to be our world—with a twist.  I wanted Sydney and Xander to be ordinary people reacting to extraordinary events.  I can’t tell you much about the book without spoilers…but Sydney wakes up next to Lake Michigan with no memory and the words “don’t let them find you” written (by herself apparently) on her arm.  Thus begins her struggle to stay alive and hide from unknown enemies.

6. Introduce us to some of your characters. What do you like about them?

Harley (from The Devil Series) is the superhero, my attempt to create a Jean Gray or Black Widow.  She’s impulsive, tough and all around badass.

Talia (from That Which Is Lost) is a troubled woman trying to find strength she didn’t know she had.

Sydney (from Don’t Let Them Find You) is an ordinary woman sucked into circumstances she didn’t ask for, just trying to keep herself and her friends alive.

As the Devil's Painted
7. A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.
This question turned out to be harder than I expected…Any time I’m writing I’m either being a cliche at a coffee shop with my latte and music focused on my laptop hoping no one is reading over my shoulder (stuff can get pretty steamy sometimes) or I’m at home writing with my cat and my book fighting for attention.

8. Blog/site link, and where your book is available.

Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

My books are available on Amazon.

I love talking about my writing, books, characters, or anything anyone wants to ask me about.  Feel free to reach out anytime!

    Thank you all!

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