A. E. Branson grew up on the family farm where she discovered her favorite entertainment involved reading books and making up her own adventures as she explored the countryside. After earning a degree in writing, she married and became a responsible adult, but still enjoyed reading and seeking adventure. After coming to terms with her distrust of modern technology, she has embraced indie publishing and probably became less responsible.
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.
Over a year after a solar storm creates societal breakdown, Alexia's already complicated life gets more involved. She and Reuben join a resistance force to regain freedom for their country. But her amazing kinetic ability also makes them primary targets to the organization they hope to depose. As they meet new allies and old friends, one challenge they face is trying to avoid resorting to war.
While the crippling effects of a solar storm continue to be felt, Alexia Gautreaux hides with her friend Reuben because of her ability to produce bursts of potent energy. But for the first time in her life she must face adversity alone when the wrong people do find her. Her spirit is tested, but worse, she makes the discovery more than her freedom is at stake.
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.
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.