Interview with Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall

What are you working on next?
I have just finished A Rebel Comes of Age, a young adult novel which will be released Dec 21, 2013. It's the sequel to A Battle for Tomorrow. In A Rebel Comes of Age, Ange is a year older (17), and she and four other homeless teenagers occupy an empty commercial building owned by Bank of America. As they slowly transform it into a teen homeless shelter, Ange goes into crisis mode when the other residents decide to use firearms to keep a police SWAT team from evicting them.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was intrigued by a review of my first novel, The Battle for Tomorrow, that cautioned parents my book was a carefully crafted handbook on how to manipulate vulnerable teenagers into a "socialist " political agenda. The comment intrigued me so much that it inspired a sequel. In the second book in the series, Ange is a year older (17) and less susceptible to the efforts of older adults to manipulate her.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Most of my work is highly critical of the corporate-controlled political system and the the corporate controlled media and publishing industry that strictly censors information and viewpoints contrary to their financial interests. The only way to ensure I had total editorial freedom was to become an indie author.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has enabled me to reach thousands of readers by offering a way to make my books available for under $5.00.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like offering people a way of looking at the world, in which they can be confident, curious, and active participants in their communities - instead of fearful, passive consumers of corporate propaganda and an endless array of consumer products they neither want nor need.
Who are your favorite authors?
William Faulkner, John LeCarre, Barbara Kingsolver, Flannery O'Connor, Henry George, Jim Garrison, Derrick Jensen, John Strachey, David Ray Griffin
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Working together with other community activists. I'm a full time activist, as well as a journalist and author
How do you approach cover design?
I try to find an image that approximates the main character as I see them in my mind. My heroines are always strong women with distinctive personalities.
Published 2013-09-28.
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Books by This Author

A Rebel Comes of Age
Series: Battle for Tomorrow, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 73,380. Language: American English. Published: December 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
(4.00 from 1 review)
Inspired by Occupy Wall Street, seventeen-year-old Angela Jones and four other homeless teenagers occupy an empty commercial building owned by Bank of America. As they slowly transform it into a teen homeless shelter Ange goes into crisis mode when the other residents decide to use firearms to prevent the police from evicting them. Winner of 2014 Pinnacle Achievement Award.
21st Century Revolution
Price: Free! Words: 79,620. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Activism
(5.00 from 1 review)
A collection of essays about real political change, the kind where the 99% overthrow the corporate elites who have seized control of our so-called democracies. In addition to heralding undreamed of political upheaval, the last two years have inspired new hope of taking back power from multinational corporations. Cover photo by David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons.
The Most Revolutionary Act: Memoir of an American Refugee
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 91,610. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Fifteen years of intense government harassment leads a psychiatrist, single mother and social activist to close her 25-year Seattle practice to begin a new, safe life in New Zealand. What starts as phone harassment, stalking and illegal break-ins quickly progresses to six attempts on her life and an affair with an undercover agent who railroads her into a psychiatric hospital.
The Battle for Tomorrow: A Fable
Series: Battle for Tomorrow, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 98,010. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
A 16 year old girl is arrested and sent to juvenile hall for participating in an antiwar blockade and occupation of the US Capitol.