My Literary Influences by Isaiyan Morrison

Today I welcome fellow Rainstorm Press writer and author of the newly released ‘Deamhan’ to the blog, Isaiyan Morrison, to share the literary influences that have shaped her career.

Who are my top literary influences? It’s hard to say. There are so many fantastic authors out there and works that I’ve enjoyed and want to read. However, my influences aren’t other dark fiction or horror authors.

1. Jack Kerouac

He wrote my favorite novel of all time, Tristessa. While his other novels like On the Road dealt with Keroauc’s travels across the country with other important figures of the beat generation, I took a personal liking to this novella. It dealt with a woman’s loss of innocence as an addict. Ginsberg described the novella as “a narrative, meditations studying a hen, a rooster, a dove, a cat, a dog, family meat, and a ravishing, ravished junkie lady.” Sounds about right.

2. Toni Morrison

After I finished The Bluest Eye, I remember sitting back in  my chair and staring at the wall for what felt like hours. No other novel was able to do that to me. There’s something about her prose and her characters that strike me. She makes me “feel.”

I have yet to read Beloved and after seeing the movie, I keep reminding myself to get to it.

Short list, huh? If the question was “who are my favorite authors” the list would be miles long. I enjoying Stephen King, Anne Rice, Edgar Allan Poe,  and Langston Hughes just to name a few. However Kerouac and Morrison are the only writers, so far, that have made me speechless after reading their novels. Kerouac and Morrison are very influential to me and I enjoy their works tremendously.

About the Author:

Isaiyan Morrison is the author of Deamhan, Book One in the Deamhan Chronicles.

An avid gamer, writer, and lover of history, she was born and raised in Minnesota. She moved to San Diego, California while in the Navy. After serving four years of active duty, she moved to Los Angeles.

She now resides in Texas with her two cats, a pit bull dog, and two guinea pigs.




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2 thoughts on “My Literary Influences by Isaiyan Morrison

  1. An interesting choice of favorite novel. I confess that I have not read “On the Road.” As on now, “Tristessa” is on my list.

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