Interview: Elizabeth Isaacs (The Scythian Trials)

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Hello and Welcome All!

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Elizabeth Isaacs author of The Scythian Trials

Hi Elizabeth, thank you for agreeing to this interview.

Hi all. So glad to be here!

For those readers not familiar with you, would you please tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m a teacher by day, writer by night and a dog lover at heart.

How did you choose the genre you write in?

I’m a fantasy girl at heart, and I love creating worlds where the characters are stronger and smarter than humans. It gives me hope for this world.

Where do you get your ideas?

I’ve found that ideas for stories come from different places. For the Scythian Trials, I was writing a historical romance and was wrestling with the fact that, within the western culture, women were considered property. And it always bugged me that the heroines were small, dainty, and portrayed as physically and emotionally weak.

That’s when I came across an article about the discovery of a Romanian mass grave that was believed to be the final resting place of Amazonian warriors. Something sparked in my imagination, and I set out to write a romance based on equality. One where women had agency and were revered for their strength, not their frailty. Thus, the Society was born.

What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

I love to write scenes that allow the reader to stop and steep into the emotional angst of the characters.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way whether growing up or as an adult?

When I was in college, I fell in love with Stephen Donaldson’s The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I believe the series is no longer in print, but I still find the occasional paperback in second-hand bookstores. His world-building solidified my love of fantasy.

Please share a few Fun facts about The Scythian Trials:

The Scythians are a hidden society of people who live among us.

They live by one credo: Strength through equality, power through knowledge and truth.

Their headquarters are in Romania, near the Carpathian Mountains.

 Using just five words, how would you describe Hero and Heroin’s love affair?

Intense, passionate, complex, loyal, and rare.

Without revealing too much, what is your favorite scene in the book?

I love the scene where Jax walks in on Nya while she’s changing. ?

 Was there a scene in this book that was harder to write than others?

Some of Penn’s scenes were difficult to write because I wanted to portray him as a three-dimensional character that is tragically flawed, not some evil-for-the-sake-of-evil-douchebag.  

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

You are more than welcome! I so appreciate you taking part in the tour!


The Scythian Trials
Elizabeth Isaacs
Published by: Vesuvian Books
Publication date: October 16th 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction

Descendants of the Amazons, the Scythians work alongside prominent governments but answer to no one. Warriors living on the fringe of civilization, they live by one credo: Strength through Equality. Power through Knowledge.

Nya Thalestris is the brightest Scythian of her generation. Strong, capable, ruthless, she is sure to earn a spot in the Trials, a time-honored mating ritual responsible for the evolution of her species.

Abducted by their sworn enemy, the Drahzda, Nya is forever altered and spirals out of control. The Society sends in Jax Nickius. Infamous psychologist and one of the most brutal warriors of their kind, he discovers triggers planted in Nya’s mind. As Nya solidifies her spot in the Trials, Jax develops a plan to help her heal—while pursuing her as a mate. But, Nya’s attraction to Jax is at war with her instinct to never let anyone get too close.

During the Trials, Nya’s repressed memories surface, revealing a new enemy—one from inside the consulate walls—and a traitorous alliance on the horizon that could irrevocably change the course of history.

Since before the Bronze Age, the Society has managed to safeguard humanity from itself … until now.

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[su_note note_color=”#d9e5ea” text_color=”#000000″]Elizabeth is an author, teacher, and publishing professional who began her career as a national presenter for Resource Profiles, where she developed teacher seminars designed to foster creative brain stimulation. Moving into formal education, she helped at-risk students improve their writing skills as well as created and implemented a creative writing/blogging program that centered on teaching the 21st-century learner. Works stemming from this initiative were published online and seen in over 40 countries.

Elizabeth receives invitations to speak nationwide at schools and book clubs. She co-founded the popular book site, Chirenjenzie, which reaches thousands of people throughout the world. The writer support and reader interest group promotes and interacts with followers on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and various other blog sites. Elizabeth has a Master’s degree from Austin Peay State University, where she studied classical opera. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

“The Light of Asteria” received Honorable Mention at the New York Book Festival. Her newest work, “The Scythian Trials” will be released in 2017 by Vesuvian Media.

For more information, please visit

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

12 comments on “Interview: Elizabeth Isaacs (The Scythian Trials)

  1. This sounds like one that will keep me interested.

  2. looks like a fun one

  3. What a fascinating book! Great cover too.

  4. What a beautiful lady on the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Sounds like a good read.

  6. Yay for teacher by day!! And a dog lover! I’m not a writer but I am a teacher by day and dog lover extreme!
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  7. Thank you for having me on your blog!

  8. Great interview!! Love this cover!! Shared on all my socials!!??

  9. Oh it’s the first time I hear about this one there!
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  10. Great interview and I like books featuring strong women!
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  11. Thanks for hosting today, Angela!

  12. This sounds like a really interesting book!! Id love to check more into it!