William Isaac, 30, is an aspiring Erie author who goes by the pen name William. Isaac and looks to entertain people with fiction and horror stories. Inspired by his grandmother, who would share imaginative stories with him and his siblings, Isaac looks to captivate people the same way by writing and publishing his works full of twists and turns. With audio books and physical copies, this author is not only creating realms for his characters to thrive, but he is also creating a world for himself where writing is his only job to uphold while terrifying readers in the process.
1. You have a vast imagination that allows you to create the stories that you’ve written. Do you ever look to reality to help create your tales?
Yes, life oftentimes is the greatest teacher of lessons. For every situation you can find in a story, you can look around at the people you know or in your own life and find a similar situation. For example, in my book, “The Sondain: The Killing of a Chief,” you will see the main character Kiy being pushed into a position of leadership and responsibility he wasn’t ready for. In my life, I’ve felt that same pressure and have seen friends go through the same growing pains. I believe observing and understanding life is very important for an author.
2. Who are some of your favorite authors, and how do they motivate you to continue writing?
Alfred Hitchcock, Brent Weeks, George RR Martin, Christopher Paolini and so many more. Each of these authors has given something unique to this art form. From the way Christopher Paolini creates his worlds and the governing bodies within him, or the way Brent Weeks structures his dialogue between his characters from him and paints a picture with the words he uses. But Alfred Hitchcock has probably influenced me the most. His series of horror stories made me fall in love with the genre and not only write my own horror series but also narrate them. Even my logo was inspired by his famous symbol of him. Their work is art, not just the words, but in many cases the illustrations used even down to the texture of paper chosen for print. I hope others see it for the art it is also.
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3. Being an author of horror, what is it about this category of literature that captures you?
Horror is a genre with the sole purpose of giving you a thrill. In horror, we can have the opportunity to read about things that are scary and could be dangerous; things best left in our books and imaginations. Also in this genre, I’ve found that you have unlimited creativity, even more so than other genres. For example, in my series “The Woods of Washington,” I’m able to give two stories for each volume. I can focus on multiple monsters adding their separate stories to each volume, building this world until I bring them together in the finale. As an added bonus, I get to conjure up all the monsters we’ve all been afraid of as children and put them in a world of my own creation! What could be better than that for an artist? I think horror is specifically suited for this kind of creativity.
4. Your book series, “The Woods of Washington,” pushes the narrative of a mysterious man in the forest who lurks in the shadows. What is it about this particular character that encourages you to make a series?
“The Man Without a Face” is an interesting character to work with because it’s not completely obvious at first glance that he’s a monster. You could do so much with that kind of monster. Think of how you would feel to believe you are talking to a normal person and when they turn around, they are missing the one feature you’re used to seeing on a human — a face. terrifying! An unassuming monster is a fun character for an author to have in their arsenal. On top of that, this monster dresses impeccably to go out and do what monsters do best. The story almost writes itself.
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5. We’ve seen movie adaptations of certain fictional books throughout history. Could this be your next effort in the future?
Adapting my books or short stories into film would be a dream come true for me. I know the impact movies and books had on me as a child, and knowing my story or movie is someone’s favorite would make me feel accomplished. I’ve started the process of diversifying my art by narrating my stories myself, even getting them scored and adding video reels to enhance the experience. This process is far simpler than producing a film, but I hope it’s a step in the right direction. I’ve also worked on getting “The Sondain” turned into an animation because of the book’s target age group. I’m fairly new at this author thing, but I know I’ll be able to make this goal a reality in time.
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William.Isaac’s work can be found on Willlikestowrite.com.
Charles Brown is a hip-hop artist and journalist. Brown can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.