Interview with A. E. Branson

What is your writing process?
It's my understanding most writers enjoy drafting and view rewriting as a chore. I'm just the opposite. After I've done all the research (I love that part) and made detailed notes, writing the story down feels more like a process of just getting those darn words out. When I go back and refine them I finally feel like the creative juices can flow.
How do you approach cover design?
Learning about cover design completely changed my idea for the cover on my first book. Because a river figures so prominently in the story, I envisioned the cover having a river on it. When I learned how necessary it is to grab the browser's attention, I decided the cover should reflect the part of the story with the most tension.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like stories that have a strong good versus evil feeling.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
All my author bios state I'm a Missouri farm girl, and I think that gives me a perspective you don't find as often in a situation where the majority of the population is urban. I like to write about characters who also live in the country (write what you know!) and feel like they're part of the outdoors instead of just visiting.
When did you first start writing?
That depends on your definition of writing. My older sister, who has always encouraged me on this endeavor, says when I was a preschooler I would sit in the kitchen and spin tales to our mom while she prepared food. In elementary I would staple pages together and make my own books. I took every English class my high school offered. My college degree is in writing. After life experience taught me some good lessons, I decided it was time to get serious about publishing.
Who are your favorite authors?
My latest discovery is Dean Koontz. In the course of my life I've read C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Ray Bradbury and Agatha Christie.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'd become acquainted with other professional authors, ones who had published traditionally in the past, who had become disenchanted with that process and they encouraged to try this method instead.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm just getting started, but I've been amazed by how many downloads have already been made on my first book. I employed the marketing strategy of offering it for free the first 30 days, which my study of the Smashwords Marketing Guide suggested. They have good advice!
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are priority people. There are no writers without fans.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What are you working on next?
Since Darkness upon the Land is the first of a four-book series, I'm now cranking out part two. There are some interesting challenges to writing a "next installment." Different events take place yet there's a pace established by the preceding book I want to maintain.
Published 2017-07-08.
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Books by This Author

Darkness Upon the Land
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 114,520. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Sixteen-year-old Alexia already has problems of her own when a solar storm devastates modern technology. She produces a force that moves and breaks objects, and that ability must be kept secret from those who would exploit it. When her cohort Reuben helps her seek security in the Louisiana swamp, attacks upon her home convince her she must take a stand to protect the lives of those around her.
Equal Access
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,900. Language: English. Published: July 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Inspirational
When Shad Delaney begins work on a law case to remove a girl from her abusive father, he accidentally discovers the identity of a molester who exploited him when Shad was a child. In the course of his quest for justice Shad must confront more than he bargained for, including the man who threatens the girl Shad promised to protect.