Interview with B. A. Braxton

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in southern New Jersey. My biggest influence was my high school English teacher, Mr. Cohen. Not only did he encourage me to write, but he also encouraged me to be the best that I could be in whatever I decided to do. God bless him.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in grammar school. I was notorious for using my friends as characters in my stories. Needless to say, they loved reading those stories because they were in all of them!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I'm working on now is my interpretation of what transpired in Tombstone, Arizona on October 26, 1881. In other words, I'm trying to bring Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan Earp to life along with Doc Holliday, Billy and Ike Clanton, Frank and Tom McLaury, and a whole host of others. Of course I'm referring to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The rough and unforgiving world of traditional publishing inspired me to become an indie author.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a godsend to those of us who love to write, but don't enjoy the business end of it. Smashwords takes the hassle out of getting your work into the hands of readers but eliminating the middle man, so to speak. And I love the fact that Smashwords allows me to retain all the rights to my work. If I haven't already said this, then thanks for everything, Mark Coker. Your vision has inspired thousands of hungry writers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Living the lives of others, if only for a short while. All of my characters are like old friends.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. That's why I give it my all each and every time I write, because that's the least I can do for someone willing to hand over their hard-earned bucks just to read what I have to say.
What are you working on next?
It seems that I'm always working on a Western these days, because that's the genre I prefer. I love the wild west and everything about it.
Who are your favorite authors?
I really don't have favorites because what I enjoy at the time depends on my mood. But I have undying respect and admiration for people like William Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Owen Wister, and Toni Morrison. Most of what I read lately is nonfiction, research for the books I'm working on. The last book that I read was Wyatt Earp: The Life Behind the Legend, by Casey Tefertiller.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Besides my family, I would have to say writing. As writers know, you have to live and breathe what you're working on at the time, 'cause it ain't gonna write itself.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, since my kids are grown up now, I spend a lot of my time caring for my house and yard. I also cook; I'm always trying to find a healthier way to eat the things that I enjoy. I love to exercise and paint (oil on canvas).
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By word of mouth, and by surfing the internet.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first novel I wrote was called Huntington Halls, and I was in the ninth grade when I finished it.
What is your writing process?
First I come up with an idea, and then I think the story through before I write down a single word. I like making outlines; it's important that I know where the story is going because I don't enjoy books that seem random.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I only remember the first book that I read that I liked enough to remember, and that was Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. It was a class assignment, and I can remember that I was the only one in my class who did like it. I was also very moved by Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.
How do you approach cover design?
I just take an important happening in my story and try to put it on the cover. I guess that I'm a firm believer in a picture being worth a thousand words.
Published 2013-10-22.
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Books by This Author

Twilight Is the Time the Dead Look Back
Series: Detective Rein Connery, Book 5. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 70,590. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Detective Rein Connery works a case that’s as bizarrely mystical as it is personally challenging. An old girlfriend of his asks to have him put in charge of an Ojibwe college student's homicide investigation. Through many regrets, doubts, and a life-threatening illness, Rein experiences a series of puzzling visions, almost as if the deceased is trying to help solve his own murder.
Good As You
Series: Detective Rein Connery, Book 4. Price: $1.89 USD. Words: 67,890. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
It shouldn’t matter if you’re gay, lesbian, transgendered, or sexless, each and every one of us has a right to exist. And Detective Rein Connery is more than happy to spread that message around as he works to solve the senseless, brutal murder of Dr. Eunice Sabara, a lesbian microbiologist who just so happens to be the world’s only hope for a cure for the disease that’s ravishing the country.
Scion of Gethsemane
Price: $1.89 USD. Words: 100,000. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
The lives of two women merge for better or worse in a tale that's both uplifting and grimly realistic. Set in Philadelphia, the story centers around Paige and her comfortable, yet unsatisfying, world with an affluent boyfriend, and her attraction for a poor man in a wheelchair. Jasmine is the abused sister whom Paige befriends, and together they journey down a long, dark road.
He's Never Lied to Me Yet
Price: $1.89 USD. Words: 63,990. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Inspirational
This story is a sensitive account of an age-old problem: child abuse. Carmen Polychronopoulos is the beautiful, young girl trapped in her father’s life of crime and immorality, while Elliot Sharples is the man who wants to save her. Elliot's stubborn insistence to make Carmen's life right again is very uplifting. But things don’t always work out the way that we hope they will.
Cerulean Skies
Series: Detective Rein Connery, Book 3. Price: $1.89 USD. Words: 75,880. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Cerulean Skies is a back-to-nature story set in Detroit, Lansing, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It is a tale of second chances, friendships, and first loves we will never forget.
Thunderhead: Tales of Love, Honor, and Vengeance in the Historic American West, Book Three
Series: Thunderhead, Book 3. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 86,680. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
The Thunderhead trilogy was written with historical facts incorporated into the story, along with authentic descriptions of the time period. Character dialog strictly adheres to the jargon of the nineteenth century American west. Fictional characters are interspersed with living legends, such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane (Book 1); Jack McCall (Books 1 and 2); and Wyatt Earp (Book 3).
Thunderhead: Tales of Love, Honor, and Vengeance in the Historic American West, Book Two
Series: Thunderhead, Book 2. Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 80,480. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
The Thunderhead trilogy was written with historical facts incorporated into the story, along with authentic descriptions of the time period. Character dialog strictly adheres to the jargon of the nineteenth century American west. Fictional characters are interspersed with living legends, such as Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane (Book 1); Jack McCall (Books 1 and 2); and Wyatt Earp (Book 3).
Thunderhead: Tales of Love, Honor, and Vengeance in the Historic American West, Book One
Series: Thunderhead, Book 1. Price: $1.89 USD. Words: 85,360. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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The American West, especially between 1865 and the turn of the century, was a brutal place to be. Tempers flared as men continued to fight the Civil War on their own terms long after it had been decided. Meanwhile, natives, such as the Lakota Sioux, continued to resist being dispelled from their homelands. The Thunderhead trilogy is a historically accurate approach to the western genre.
The Tattered Thread
Series: Detective Rein Connery, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 70,100. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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When all hope is gone and there’s nothing left to live for, suicide may be your only option. Tasia McAvoy knows this feeling all too well. Rich and beautiful, Tasia seems to have everything a person could ever want. But her deepest, darkest secrets are catching up with her, and she’s just too tired to run away from them anymore.
Pigeon Blood
Series: Detective Rein Connery, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 65,650. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Dr. Blair Vaughn’s alcoholic binges have gone too far this time. His indiscretions have landed him in the middle of a blood-soaked double homicide, and he can’t remember how he got there, what part he had in the murders, or why the murders occurred in the first place. And as he stumbles along trying to make sense of it all, the body count continues to rise.