Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing Braxton A. Cosby.
Braxton A. Cosby is an American debut author. His debut book, ProtoStar, will be published in September 2011 by Firefly Publishing & Entertainment, LLC. It's the first book of the The Star-Crossed Saga. Click here to visit Braxton A. Cosby's official website.
AN INTERVIEW WITH BRAXTON A. COSBY
You're a debut author and your first book, ProtoStar, will be published soon. You're also a physical therapist and you have a family. How do you find time to write books?
Well, my wife and family have been very supportive of me and my new vision. I pocketed time for work and family during the day and dedicated myself to writing in the late night hours from 10pm to about 1am for three months until I was satisfied with my manuscript. It definitely took dedication and from all aspects and there was a lot of root beer and music to take the sleepy edge off. But one thing was evident during the process, never try to write when you are not motivated to do so. Sometimes I took 3-4 days off if I wasn’t feeling inspired. I wanted capture the true essence of the story which is enveloped in pure inspiration.
What does your family think about your writing career?
At first it was hard for them to accept. For the last 10 + years of my life I was a professional student and then a practicing clinician. Attempting to switch gears and do something totally off the beaten path is a hard sell to anyone you love and put your trust in. But I believed in the story, so much in fact that I knew that it would take a fully completed manuscript and some positive feedback from someone outside of my circle of family and friends to get them fully onboard. But I am so grateful that they did come around. When I first handed the first 5 chapters to my wife to read, I remember pacing around upstairs in our house, waiting for her to give me some feedback. The one question I wanted her to answer was did she want to read more? She finally finished and responded with an exuberant, yes. In fact, she said she was very impressed by it. That drove me to finish it and get it out to the public for queries.
How did you become a writer? Did you study writing?
I always loved and have been fascinated by storytelling. I’m a huge movie fan and I appreciate the ability of the director to set the tone of the story from the outset. Movies that draw people in from the beginning really appeal to me. That’s why I started out Protostar the way I did. But anyway, I never planned on writing anything, other than the countless research papers and case reports that I needed to complete through my 10 + years of college education. But as I continued to watch movies, something changed within me. I found myself being drawn towards tales that had an epic feel to them. The stories that offered something more than just action or suspense, and created vibrant, real characters were the ones that appreciated the most. I would look at movies in a whole new perspective and say, it was good, but if it did this or that it would have been awesome. When I began to write and create The Star-Crossed Saga, I really wanted to paint a landscape where I would finally have the opportunity to incorporate all these great ideas.
What kind of books do you read? Have you always been interested in reading?
I love Science-Fiction and fantasy. Really, anything that transports me to another world, even if it is still here on Earth. I have not always been a strong casual reader though. When school and career occupy so much of your time, I found it hard to pick up a book and even remember where I was the last time or what the characters were doing. My best chances to really dive into a book come when I am on vacation. I love to kick back by the poolside or beach and read.
Are there any books you'd like to recommend to your readers?
There are so many good books out there it’s hard to choose. But, I would recommend that you start off with books that really peak your interest and then occasionally branch off into something entirely different in order to keep reading exciting.
You're currently writing "The Star-Crossed Saga", which is aimed at young adult readers. Have you ever thought of writing books for adults?
I have another book planned, fiction, which I call a “Spiritual Thriller”. Definitely not for the young adult market, but I think that they will gravitate towards it anyway because the characters in it will be so engaging. I also have a health project in the works.
ProtoStar is a romantic science fiction book. What inspired you to combine science fiction and romance fiction?
Really good question. I think that I felt that if I was going to go on this writing journey, I really wanted to capture something that was fresh and new. I don’t think that there is anything else out there that is quite like The Star-Crossed Saga because of the romance and sci-fi blend. Also, young adult romance is huge, and science fiction is really starting to become more and more mainstreamed now. So I just thought it was only natural to combine the two.
Have you ever thought of writing fantasy or mainstream books?
Again, I do have a couple of other projects on the back burner. One is a Witch story and the other is a kind of graphic novel that gives a new spin on the vampire and werewolf theme.
You wrote about different characters in your debut book. Are any of these characters based on real people?
Um, I’d have to say that the characters posses elements or traits of people who I personally know. Their strengths and weaknesses are mixed and matched from personal relationships and experiences that I’ve had. With my job, I get a chance to meet a lot of unique and interesting individuals with amazing stories to tell. I tried to extract those memories and layer them across the multitude of personalities in the book.
You have a famous uncle (Bill Cosby). Have you learned anything from him? Has he been an inspiration to you?
Yes, but probably not enough. He got his career started during very challenging times. Yet, he continued to press forward despite any setbacks or distractions along the way. He believed in what he was doing and I really draw strength from that. I know that not everyone will like the stories that I want to tell, but in the end, I have to trust what I feel and move forward in that. He has always told me to be true to my own inspiration and to continue working at whatever I partake in. He also believes in working, telling me to take on not just one, but 2-3 jobs if I can. You never know what opportunities will arise. He loves what he does and I think that’s why he still works to this day.
Is there anything you'd like to add or is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Uh yeah, please buy my book. LOL! No, I really think that it is a very different, neoteric tale that will only get better. I already have the second book outlined and I know how the story ends. I also plan on having spin-offs that cover different periods in the Star-Crossed universe. But more than that, I really want to inspire other people out there to pray for guidance on what their calling is so that they can have a clear vision of what God has in store. I am a stunning testimony of what can happen when you quiet your mind and listen to that little voice in your head.