I’m thrilled to welcome Brandy to my blog today! This book sounds fantastic and I just purchased it today. Please take the time to read all about Don’t Let Them Find You, and all about the author behind the book. There is a purchase link and links to connect with Brandy as well. Sit back and enjoy!
Sydney Lake has a secret. She has no idea who she is, where she is from, or what caused her to lose her memory in the first place. Four months ago she woke up alone and injured with a message written on her arm.
DON’T LET THEM FIND YOU
Not knowing who “they” were, she took the warning seriously. Sydney ran. For months she lived in hiding—always afraid of being found by Them. When Sydney wakes from a strange dream with a bleeding nose she chalks it up to just another bizarre turn of events. However, when she discovers she is just one of many who have had the same dream she realizes something worse is happening.
The dream sets into motion events that convince Sydney They have finally found her. At first Sydney is determined to run again—to save her friends as much as herself. But, to survive, she has to stop running. To keep her friends safe, she has to save herself.
Interview with Brandy Isaac:
Are you a full time author or do you have another job aswell and if so how do either or these fit in with writing time?
- I actually have two other jobs. My 9-5er is in development/fundraising for a nonprofit and I also teach college writing online.
- I don’t get to mix writing and work a lot, but I do get to mix the two day jobs so that I can have my weekends free to write.
Do you write on your novel daily or do you try to have days off?
- I wish I could write daily, but with the above schedule it’s not possible.
Do you go back to published books and want to change them in any way?
- I sometimes think that I wish I could change some of the work I’ve published—but in the end I know I have to let my baby grow up and send it out into the world on its own.
What do you think is the most effective marketing is for your books?
- The most effective marketing, for me, has been read and reviews, Facebook, and blogs. I’ve found that the support authors have for each other is an amazing and invaluable tool.
If you have a ‘baddy’ in your book, can you tell us a little about this character?
- There tends to be a lot of “baddies” in my books. I seem to have a running theme—badass chick facing impossible odds.
Is there any romance in your story and if so can you tell us a little about this?
- I do intertwine romance in my novels. One of the things I strive for is to show a relationship that empowers each character. I seriously loathe the damsel in distress. I like strong, sexy, independent characters and that is my goal.
If you have to write any fighting scenes, what are your best tips of how you create them?
- I have lots of fight scenes and I think my biggest piece of advice is to not over-write it. You don’t have to describe every single detail and movement. People can fill in the finer point if you give them cues.
Did you write as a child or did you come into your talent as an adult?
- I have loved reading since before I could even read. I’m not sure exactly when I decided I wanted to be a writer, but I remember writing a story about a lost kitten when I was very young—probably 10 or so. My mom helped me send it to a publisher. Of course I didn’t hear anything bad…until about five or more years later. I got a very nice note from someone at the publishing house and I think that gave me the encouragement I needed.
Is your the world in your book like earth or is it a fantasy world?
- My books have all (so far) taken place on Earth in modern society. I like to add some fantasy to our own world.
Do you prefer to write as a series or one off books?
- I think it depends on the story. Some stories are too big for one book. Some aren’t. I don’t try to make something happen just for the sake of it. I don’t write series unless the story I’m working on needs to be.
How do you think you would feel if you received a really bad review that seemed justified?
- I can honestly say I would be heartbroken at first. The first time I received a 3 star review I was upset. But, I went to Amazon and looked up some of the most popular and famous writer and reminded myself that EVERYONE gets bad reviews at some point. You can’t predict how someone will respond to your story. There are many reasons they could have reacted badly. The best thing is to at least have them write a review and not just a star rating. That way you can at least see if there is something you can work on.
When you receive reviews do you find yourself influenced to make changes?
- I do. And I think this is a good thing. I’ve spent enough time teaching to know that constructive criticism is really important for growth.
About the Author:
Brandy Isaacs will tell you first that her name is spelled without an “I”. If that is the case, I will call her Brandy Isaacs. However, that ends up sounding like “Sacks” and will not endear me to her. Just remember, no I. The I is trashy as a terminal vowel.
She was raised in in Kentucky, but not the kentuck of the 70s where people had to dig holes for both one and two. It was a more cosmopolitan version of the place you’re thinking of. Instead of digging those holes, her family was able to hire someone to dig them – big difference. They did, however, love when the Sears Wishbook showed up in the mail each year. They were finally able to stop rubbing dirt in dirtier places.
None of that is true.
But all of it is true.
You’re author is one of those curious people. She is of the library and the local witches. She loved words. Even better, she loved when those words were strung together.
In a word – stories.
Those stories, of witches that were real and those that were not; of boy wizards; of young women who volunteered; of men who would suck blood. These stories define her.
And it is stories that she wants to tell you. I could gloss her Bio for real – high school, college in central Kentucky, Grad school in Kansas, nonprofit work when she returned home – and it would miss the truth. Brandy Isaacs has stories inside her, and she need to tell them to you.
They will excite you; they will scare you; they will arouse you.
And you- — you will keep turning the pages. When you hit the end, you will wish there were more.
Links to find Brandy: