Interview with Nancy Isaak

What's the story behind your latest book?
"Anarchy" was first written as a feature film script. Because I liked the story so much, I then decided to write a book and expand on the relationship between the two main characters.

The actual story was inspired by my living on the edge of a cliff in a desolate part of Malibu. Some days I would stand on the bluffs and not a see a single soul. I kept imagining what it would be like if the world had somehow ended and now I had to figure out how to survive living there all by myself. Then--just to make things interesting--I decided to add in some vicious, feral beasts who were migrating north, right through my front yard.

Of course, I never wrote the book about me. Instead, I put two young women in the main roles--sisters who had been on the run from the beasts since they were 4 and 9-years old.
When did you first start writing?
That's a great question.

According to my mother, I started writing when I was still in kindergarten. I would make up all these crazy stories and print them out, then decorate them with some really bad drawings. Most of them--for whatever reason--had to do with animals and little girls having adventures in the forests (usually getting lost and having to find their way out.)

As I got older my mother would bring home scraps of paper from her work and I would use them to write longer--and hopefully better--stories. This was in my teenage years, when I fell in love with Science Fiction and Fantasy, so most of my tales took on a dystopian/post-apocalyptic bent.

Also--I wrote some truly awful poetry.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've had a lot of my work published in print and produced for film and television. With those projects, I regularly consulted with editors, producers, actors, etc.--all who wanted (rightfully so) certain changes to my work. Sometimes I agreed with those changes, sometimes I didn't. In the end, what always resulted, was a project that I was very proud of, but that wasn't completely my own creation.

Publishing independently means that I can write whatever I want, however long I want, and do with it what I want.

Don't get me wrong. I'll still take on collaborations here and there. It's just that I want certain stories to just belong to me.

And my readers...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The stories are all in my head, shoving each other around, trying to gain dominance. Putting them to paper gives me a certain relief; I don't think of them again, don't fret about their possibilities, or feel guilty about not writing them quickly enough.

What's really joyful for me, though, is that once the stories are out of my head, I tend to forget most of them. Then, I get to go back and read them like a normal reader; I'll have a general idea of where the story's going--I just don't remember exactly how it happens.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I ever read, but I do remember the author who had the greatest impact on me--Ray Bradbury. It was during high school and I had just discovered "The Martian Chronicles". That book was a revelation to me--made me realize how much I loved Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Later, I met up with Ray Bradbury and found him to be an absolutely wonderful human being. He sent me a lovely letter that I have to this day, inspiring me to never stop writing.
Describe your desk
I don't have one. Usually I write while sitting on the couch or at the library.
Published 2018-01-29.
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Books by This Author

365 Days Hunted
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 143,620. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
This thrilling sequel to "365 Days Alone" tells the story of the Riker brothers--three boys who suddenly discover themselves in a world seemingly empty of people, where electricity and batteries don't work, where their very survival is predicated on becoming a tribe of teenage warriors. And they better do it quickly...because the CRAZIES are coming!
365 Days Alone
Price: Free! Words: 150,950. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
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They've all disappeared--everyone--their friends, their family, people on the street. Now, it's just Kaylee and Jay--two teenage girls--left alone in a world without electricity, where nothing works, not even batteries. Will they be able to survive? And what happens when they find out that they're not really alone after all? That there are other girls left alive--girls with guns.