David T. Isaak
(1954-2021) was an American author of both fiction and nonfiction.
His five books are being published posthumously; three have been released this
past year. His widow, Pamela Isaak, sat for an interview about his books.

 

1.      What inspired you to write this book?

David always wanted to
be a writer. In the early 2000’s, we were able to give him the opportunity to
cut back his consulting work and focus on writing. He had many ideas for
novels. Even though he hadn’t been actively writing, he was always mulling over
topics and plots for novels. The first book he worked on became Tomorrowville.
He completed four other books: A Map of the Edge, Things Unseen, Earthly
Vessels, and Smite the Waters.

 

2.      What exactly is it about and who is it written
for?

Tomorrowville tells
the story of Toby Simmons. Toby has a silly, self-induced, accident in 2008. He
dies, is frozen, then is unfrozen, repaired, and brought to life in 2088. The
book extrapolates trends of the early 2000’s–social, economic, and environmental—to
a mostly dystopian future. The future Toby finds himself in, while dystopian,
is not apocalyptic. No catastrophe forced the US to its state of politics and
ways of life, but the relentless progression caused by bad decisions and
passive acceptance. The book will appeal to people who like to postulate how
our past and current decisions and ways of life will lead to a future that we
may not want, and who enjoy satirical humor.

 

3.      What do you hope readers will get out of
reading your book?

I hope readers will
find David’s work engaging, thought-provoking, and a place to escape to – with
a few laughs thrown in.

 

4.      How did you decide on your book’s title and
cover design?

The titles of the 5
books all reflect something significant about the content and themes. David
chose the book titles. One advantage to being a self-published author is that
there’s no editorial staff asking for changes! For the covers, I engaged a
respected, professional artist, who was recommended to me by one of my writing
coaches, Ramy Vance. The artist is Jeff Brown. He is super-intuitive. We had an
intro session for each book, during which I described the book and he grokked
what was happening and began sketching a candidate design during that session.
He refined the design, did some back-and-forth sessions with me, and completed
the design over a couple of weeks.

 

5.      What advice or words of wisdom do you have for
fellow writers – other than run!?

Ha ha! You can’t run
from the stuff in your head! Get it out there. Admire it in the light of day,
commune with it in the dark of night. Refine it until its hair is combed and
its teeth are brushed– and then let it loose on the world!

 

6.      What trends in the book world do you see —
and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading?

So much has changed
since my husband, David, wrote his novels in the early 2000’s. Self-publishing
was a nascent industry then – mostly a not-respected elephant graveyard where
bad books went to die. That has changed soooo much. I wish David had lived to
see this change – and to be able to see his books published, and loved, and
doing well. I think the trend towards more and more self-publishing will
continue. It’s still hard to have a million copy best seller without a major
publisher, though. I’m most curious to see if tools and tactics emerge to sell
millions of copies as a self-published author. Having the right marketing is
certainly key.

 

7.      Were there experiences in your personal life
or career that came in handy when writing this book?

David was concerned
about social justice and government taking advantage of people–just because
they could. (He spent some time tossed about in the juvenile justice system as
a young teenager.) Also, he had a PhD in geography, focusing on resource systems
and global energy. Both these foundations came together in Tomorrowville. David
projected social trends and environmental trends 80 years into the future and
examined – humorously – what the future might look like.

 

8.      How would you describe your writing style?
Which writers or books is your writing similar to?

Readers have compared
the wit and satire of David’s writing to the works of Carl Hiaasen and
Christopher Moore, the storytelling to Robert Sheckley and Stephen King, the
atmospheric ambiance to David Guterson and Neil Gaiman, and the intelligence
and technical detail to Cory Doctorow and Graham Greene.

 

9.      What challenges did you overcome in the
writing of this book?

David had a highly
successful consultancy in global energy. The real challenge was carving out
time to write. We were able to structure our life so that he could take time
off and do what he’d always wanted to do—to write novels. I’m glad we were able
to do that, and forever grateful to have these five novels that are his legacy.
The hardest thing for me, his wife, is that there are only five.

 

10.  If people can buy or read one book this week
or month, why should it be yours?

Through David’s
writing, readers will be able to explore the complex boundary between the known
and the unknown, and enjoy his humor, his wit, and his beautiful, original
writing.

 

About The Author:
David
T. Isaak (1954-2021) was an American author of both fiction and
nonfiction.
Dr. Isaak held a BA in Physics and MA and PhD
degrees in resource systems. His professional work spanned the globe, taking
him to over forty countries. He co-authored three technical, nonfiction books
on oil and international politics, and wrote numerous papers, monographs, and
multiclient studies. David passed away in April 2021, leaving behind five
novels, which are as diverse as his life and span a spectrum of genres:  Tomorrowville (dystopian
sci-fi), A Map of the Edge (coming-of-age, historical
fiction), Things Unseen (a murder mystery with
metaphysical elements), Earthly Vessels (magical
realism), and Smite the Waters (a political thriller,
with a twist). His novels are infused with his trademark humor and insights,
and shine with his love of style. These novels comprise The Isaak
Collection
. His works have been published posthumously by his wife,
Pamela Blake. For more information, please see:
https://utamatzi.com.

 

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