David T. Isaak’s A Map of the Edge

07 Jun 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired David to write A Map of the Edge?

The book is not autobiographical, but it does capture David’s actual, lived experience during his own “coming of age” period.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of A Map of the Edge, what would they be?

Rick: “In a Gadda da Vida”

Linc: “21st Century Schizoid Man”

What was David’s favorite genre to read? Was it the same as his favorite genre to write?

David’s reading did not focus on a specific genre—which may have influenced his writing, which also covers multiple genres.

What books were on David’s TBR pile?

David passed away in 2021. The books that were on the TBR pile he left behind include, “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” (Richard Flanagan, “Choose Your Autobiography” (Neil Patrick Harris), “Death Times Three,” Death of a Dude,” “Where There’s a Will” (Rex Stout, re-reading), “Craft Cocktails at Home” (Kevin Liu), “Black Leopard, Red Wolf” (Marlon James), “From afterwit to zemblanity” (Simon Hertnon), “Zen in the Art of Archery” (Eugen Herrigel), “The Invention of Nature” and “Founding Gardeners” (Andrea Wulf), and “Mustard, A Global History” (Demet Guzey).

What scene in the book was David’s favorite to write?

David had the most fun writing the scene describing Rick’s first experience with LSD (his first “acid trip”).

Do you, or did Davide, have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Put in the time and effort to “get it right”.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading A Map of the Edge, what would it be?

This is David’s wife, Pamela: I am publishing David’s works so that others can discover what a wonderful writer he was. I hope that readers will immerse themselves in his books, and remember him.


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