Interview with Brad Branham

How do you approach cover design?
Currently, I'm using live models and tinkering with the usual buttons. I'd like to use illustrations in a somewhat retro noir or '60s realism style given the narrative in the stories but that's a "one day" thing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have thousands of books ... yes. Books that inform the way I like to write include such works as written by Robert Heinlein, Tolkien, Phil Foglio, Robert Aspirin, and such. Attention to detail, doing the research, taking time to create seemingly real personalities within fantastic settings - authors that do that intrigue me.
What do you read for pleasure?
These days I tend to read non-fiction for pleasure but since I've started writing I am looking over "the competition" to see what styles authors are using.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I tend to read either on my desktop/laptop or smartphone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth so far ... I'm implementing social media connections through the more popular channels and blogging about my activities in writing.
Describe your desk
I have a corner of the main den I've turned into my rat's nest.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm a casual fan of anime and manga - particularly comedy, romance, daily life. A series about a high school rock band was enjoyable -- except they simply stopped after high school. Wanting to watch the characters move into college and professional music making drove the setting of this book. The characters are my own, the setting is post-college in the first part of the 21st century - the modern music business. The story is written for college age and adult level reading.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I needed to write. I have characters I've carried around for decades and they needed a universe to live in. I didn't want them to become forgotten just because I happened to fall over and expire.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being lots of different people. Letting those people drive how the story unfolds. I may have an overall storyboard but there's a lot in the details that sometimes surprises me as much as the characters.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I'm still in the middle of my series about the adventures, comedy, drama, and romances of a rock band. After that, I have several story ideas and will likely decide when the voices tell me my current series is done.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I game (computer software games, adventure roleplay games, online virtual worlds, etc). I play bass guitar, I do home remodel projects. I do various things to earn money (software, engineering, design, etc).
Published 2013-10-27.
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Books by This Author

It Really IS Rocket Science, A Rock'N'Roll Fantasy
Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 123,860. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
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Rocker-in-self-exile Blar Umlaut spots an enchanting goth princess in a snowstorm. The chain of events that follow lead to a revival of his career, a new band, romance, adventure, and dark hilarity with the trio of women he befriends. This is the first volume of a series following the life, adventures, romances, and antics of the eccentric and quirky members of a rock band.