Author Interview: Braxton Cosby

Happy Friday, dear readers!

I have a special guest on my blog today. Braxton Cosby is making a return to my site and sharing all about his new release The Sect. 

Braxton is the CEO of Cosby Media Productions, which is a multimedia company. I work for the Print Division as the Chief Editor, so I’ve gotten to work with Braxton in many capacities, including being his editor for the upcoming Protostar and Supernova YA/SciFi/Romance novels from his Star-Crossed Saga Series. (Which will totally blow your socks off, by the way.)

9 300About Braxton: Braxton A. Cosby loves to share stories of hope, inspiration, and love that exemplify the joys and trials of life’s journeys. He is a multi-award-winning author who delves in a little bit of every genre from young adult fiction, health and non-fiction, to autobiographies. 

For a full bio, click HERE to visit his about page on his website.

 

Q & A Time

Why do you write the kind of books you do?

I have a love for creation. I appreciate those who have creative minds and love to take their thoughts and ideas to the next level. We have all been given gifts and talents in some form, and writing has really become an avenue of expression for me through the characters and stories I tell. Writing Young Adult and New Adult genres gives me the liberty of being as free as I can with my imagination because most readers who like these kinds of books have an easier time traveling with me (the writer) as I world build.

How has being a publisher changed your life?

I’m very busy now. I always find myself either fleshing out a new book idea (personally or with another writer), or doing interviews, or just reading a new book. Reading is much more fulfilling to me now because it gets my creative brain going and I am able to pour much more into my works because of it.

What are you reading right now?

I finished two very successful Young Adult franchise novel series: Divergent by Veronica Roth and Legend by Marie Lu, and am currently loving every minute of CF Waller’s Free Dive. If you haven’t read it, please grab a copy on ebook, audiobook, or paperback. You will not be disappointed.

 What is your current work-in-progress?

I am currently working on the last book of The Star-Crossed Saga’s (Sci-fi Romance) franchise. Protostar (Book 1) will be re-released (Deluxe Edition) under a joint venture between Tate Publishing LLC and Cosby Media Productions in mid-April, and Supernova (Book 2) will be out in May (both initially on eBook). June will release both on paperback and the audiobooks should be available by then as well. The novella Broken Prince, which chronicles William’s first mission and leads us up to Protostar will be available early April, right before the release of Protostar.

How do you choose your settings for each book?

My settings have a tendency to jump around because I like to keep the readers involved. Protostar is a space epic, which settles on planet Earth in Tennessee, while The Windgate (Book 1 of The School of Ministry) is right here in Atlanta. None of the characters in each story stay in one place though. I like to think of the main cities as origin points just so people understand the characters better.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

I like to spend time with my girls (3 daughters) and take them to the movies, eat frozen yogurt, or read at the book store. I’m also a gamer, and I enjoy playing games with my friends online.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?

Getting my outline started. I have to have structure with my writing, which gives me direction. Once I get it nailed down, it’s so easy to start flowing.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?

Find a vision, write it down (make it real), and love it. It is yours, so you need to perfect it. Make the book you write the book you love first. Then, others will follow.

9781483418674_COVER.inddTell us about the featured book.

The Sect: The Windgate, tells the story about a young man named Ziv, who is orphaned at the age of six and struggles to find his identity. He learns that he has to power to see things through dreams and by just closing his eyes. He can see creatures from the other side. When he turns eighteen, he is re-united with his long secret love named Stephanie, and he decides that he will finally tell her how he feels. On the day that he goes to see her, she is kidnapped and he is recruited by a secret society called The Sect and they want to hone his gifts as a “Conduit” (stop time and see demons) to fight evil. He agrees to join them if they will help him find his friend, and along the way, he is teamed up with two other young men. They must all work together to stop Akabod – the spiritual prodigal son of The School of Ministry — before he can destroy the Windgate. It’s an epic tale that is just the first book in a planned trilogy. The Sect: The Windgate is actually a re-imagined version of the award-wining The School of Ministry: The Windgate (this title represents the series), with more streamlined storytelling elements. I whittled it down a bit to make it flow much faster in preparation for the sequel. The eBook will be out on March 10th, and the audiobook is finished and will be available by April, when the paperback drops.

Also, readers can pick up a copy of the novella Evan’s Heart this weekend for only $0.99. It gives you the perspective of Evan during a very pivotal scene in the book. You don’t want to miss this quick read that will prepare you for The Sect: The Windgate.

 

PROLOGUE OF THE SECT

Five years ago, one night changed everything. I was out horse playing with a bunch of friends, in the streets, acting crazy. We came to an old abandoned building and decided to play a game of hide and seek. But I played hide and seek a little too well, easily ducking away from the others, making my way to the lower levels undetected. As they scouted around looking for me, I lost myself, trapped in a maze of empty rooms. Trying to find my way back, I came across another group of other teens, making such a ruckus that I couldn’t help but spy on them from a distance. But their horse playing was nothing like what we were doing. Boys. A pack of them and a lone girl, engaged in disturbing behavior.

The boys were harassing her, hands everywhere. She cried out in screams that rattled my eardrums. My hands found their way over my ears, trying their best to block out the screeches. The more hands she batted away, twice as many appeared. They pressed in, grasping and groping. One of the boys pressed harder, adding slaps and kicks, until finally ripping a few layers of clothing from her body.

That’s when the others joined in. Her screams echoed through the rooms, breaking through my hands, making it hard for me to look away. I hid in the shadows, too afraid to help, too scared to make them stop. She tried to fight back, but there were too many.

Finally, I emerged from the darkness and bucked up the nerve to yell out, “Stop!” But they ignored me. Eventually, things got really heated, the girl screaming at the top of her lungs, and the boys pushing her down. That’s when something broke free inside me. It started with a quiver, then a strong tremble, until my legs shook so hard I fell backward. My head slammed the floor. I winced and closed my eyes. What I saw terrified me. It was dark but I could see everything clearly. Horrible images shrouded me in a sheath of fear. Circling each one of the boys were hideous, great and fearful beasts. They had eyes that burned like embers, claws the length of fingers, and skin like that of dragons with patches of blazing red hair all over that seemed to stand on end. Grey smoke puffed from their mouths as they spoke. Some whispered obscenities, while others screamed deplorable things, encouraging the boys to continue. I opened my eyes and gasped. My heart fluttered and I looked around the room. The beasts were gone. Only the boys and the girl remained. Taking a deep breath, I shuddered at the thought of closing them again, but I had to.

I had to know the truth.

I did. It was true. I closed my eyes again and there they were. Within the dark recesses of my eyelids, I was able to see creatures from the other side. But what were they? Ghosts?

I mustered the strength to run out of the building, screaming for help. People stared at me like I was crazy. Finally, an adult took my accusations seriously and the police arrived, but it was too late. The damage was done. The girl’s family tried to press charges, but she was high on drugs and was not able to identify the suspects. I lacked the heart to come forward and testify against them, left town for good. From then on, I knew I was different. I had a path. But how it would all play out one day was beyond me.

Until now…

 Social Media Links

Twitter: @BraxtonACosby

Website: www.braxtoncosby.com

Book site: www.theschoolofministry.com

Blog site: www.braxtoncosby.com/cosbyscorner

 Book Links

The Sect: The Windgate http://goo.gl/0oAaJR

Evan’s Heart http://goo.gl/LHJdPi

Interview with Braxton Cosby, CEO of Cosby Media Productions

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(As previously seen on the HelaWrite blog.)

Any smart entrepreneur or business person alike knows that in order to succeed and further one’s career, it’s wise to take advice from other entrepreneurs/business owners. I find that interviewing successful and creative people is the fastest way to learn about how they think while learning from their triumphs and failures.

Today, Dr. Braxton A. Cosby is a guest on my blog, and he’s here to share about his new company, Cosby Media Productions. As the CEO of the company, there is much he is responsible for, but I really wanted to pick his brain in regards to what prompted him to start the company in the first place. So, grab a cup of coffee and read on.

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1. Tell us about your company, Cosby Media Productions. What does your company do, etc.?

BC: Cosby Media Productions is a full-service entertainment company that focuses on new intellectual properties in the areas of management, print/digital books, music, television, and film. New content is already in the works with networking and partnership opportunities available for future endeavors. It was developed by me, the CEO, and my partner, Leon Cosby III, who is the acting COO. We truly endeavor to build and partner with other content creators to make fabulous entertainment in the same scope or even larger than the blueprint that my Uncle Bill Cosby started.

2. What prompted you to start this company?

BC: The lack of original content available for people. There is something missing in today’s entertainment. Good, original, family content that inspires people. I love stories that offer encouragement and display good role-modeling for young people to follow. I’m excited at the prospects of how well-received some of the many projects we have in development are.

3. Is it difficult to manage a company like this? What are some of the biggest struggles you face as a business owner?

BC: Not really. Leon and I make the tough decisions of deciding who we partner with, and I have the final say so on what content we run with. Bringing on partners who we feel we can trust to pass on managing one facet of the company is tough, but we believe in those people. So, with God’s help through prayer, we walk in faith.

4. What are some of the benefits of owning your own company?

BC: Building and controlling you own content. We love the fact that once we get these projects funded, we will be able to keep the originality and purpose of the content intact, without compromising the messaging.

5. What kinds of projects are taking place at CMP right now?

BC: We have 5 divisions: management, film, tv, print and music. We have just finished completing deals that will ensure that our print and music divisions get the authors and singers the attention they deserve, and we are shaping out the animation and live action film and tv projects for first tier development. Action, story, and messaging are our focus, and it is paramount that they blend together smoothly.

6. Is there a “dream project” you’d like to work on?

BC: PROTOSTAR. I really want the trilogy to make it to the big screen and it will. But, it will require time to bring the pieces together.

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I’d like to personally thank Braxton for taking the time to share a bit about his company and his heart behind the creation of Cosby Media Productions. Also, DID YOU KNOW? I am the Chief Editor for Cosby Media’s Print Division. We have already put out some great books this year, and are looking forward to the future projects for 2015! 🙂

To find out more about Braxton and CMP, visit these sites:

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Braxton Cosby headshotBio: Author, actor, entrepreneur. Multi-Award Winning Author Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer who evolved from concepts on pen and paper to pixels and keyboards. He tells stories that evoke emotions and stimulate thought. Protostar: Book 1 The Star-Crossed Saga, and The School of Ministry: The Windgate, are currently two Young Adult series he created. Braxton is the CEO of Cosby Media Productions, a full-service media company with five divisions focused on developing Intellectual Properties that will “Entertain the Mind and Inspire the Soul.” He lives in Georgia with his wife, three children, and a troop of crazy African Cichlids. 

Interview & Spotlight: Braxton Cosby Shares His Latest Book & Other Endeavors

Happy Monday to you all! Remember when I had a really awesome guest last year, Braxton Cosby? If you have yet to read my first interview with him, click HERE to do so right now and then come back and read this post.

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Braxton is back to share his newest release, as well as tell us what he’s been up to the past several months. So sit back with a cup of coffee and enjoy reading the latest from Dr. Cosby.

 

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Synopsis for Broken Prince: Spurred on by the desire to forge his own destiny, Prince William Derry seeks to complete his bounty hunter training by taking out a strategic target on the edge of the star system that could quell the undercurrent of uprising against the Torrian Alliance. To do so, he must collaborate with objectionable characters and trust his wits rather than his training in an effort to gain his father’s confidence. His resolve is tested when he is forced to make a decision that threatens to shatter the foundation of his identity, risking not just the mission, but the lives of those involved.

Follow Prince William’s origin story into bounty hunter status in this prequel to the incredible Protostar, the first novel in the Star-Crossed Saga.

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Interview with Braxton Cosby:

1. Why did you decide to write Broken Prince?

BC: I felt that it was necessary to write Broken Prince after I completed Protostar so that readers could get a better feel for William before he arrives on Earth. The origin story had purpose behind it so that those who read Protostar would be able to understand why William made the decisions he did. Readers would also be able to get a better feel about the relationship between William and his father King Gregorio. This story gives you a good feel of William’s personality from a weaker, softer vantage point when he is thrown into the unknown.

 

2. What kind of feedback have you received from readers in regards to Broken Prince?

BC: People seem to be enjoying it. For the most part, they are really hungry to dive into Protostar now, which was the goal of releasing the novella when I did. They love the action elements and the developing story arc.

 

3. Has writing become any easier since you have written more books?

BC: Things really flow a lot more smoothly now. I can bang out more stories quicker and I see them unfold more fluidly. I can’t wait to finish one book and move back into the other.

 

4. What are you currently working on?

BC: Working on the sequel to my current novel The Windgate. The next book is really coming together well and I can’t wait for people who read and enjoyed the first one to see how the characters develop. The storyline is getting a lot of attention so that readers are pulled in from the beginning and are rewarded for finishing it.

 

5. What will be your next release? Can you tell us a little about it?

BC: I have a couple of autobiographies that I am working on right now with two celebrities. It’s still kind of a “hush” situation, so I can’t give out too many details, but a press release is in the works and will be on the Cosby Media Productions website very soon.

 

6. What do you hope will be a takeaway for readers of your series?

BC: The experience of life. I hope readers feel what the characters go through. The story has to read believable. Even though there are Sci-Fi and paranormal elements, I would like to think that readers are pulled in so far that their reference of reality is suspended. I also want them to anticipate where the series may go next and then read the next one. Hopefully, I’ll be able to avoid the predictable road and give them just a few surprises along the way.

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Braxton_A. Cosby4Bio: Author, actor, entrepreneur. Multi-Award Winning Author Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer who evolved from concepts on pen and paper to pixels and keyboards. He tells stories that evoke emotions and stimulate thought. Protostar: Book 1 The Star-Crossed Saga and The School of Ministry: The Windgate are currently two Young Adult series he created. Braxton is the CEO of Cosby Media Productions, a full-service media company with five divisions focused on developing Intellectual Properties that will “Entertain the Mind and Inspire the Soul.” Braxton lives in Georgia with his wife, three children, and a troop of crazy African Cichlids.

 

My Goodreads Review of Braxton Cosby’s The Windgate (School of Ministry #1)

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

The School of Ministry: The Windgate by Braxton Cosby is a story of hope, courage, and perseverance—qualities we could stand to have more of in the world. Cosby is a very gifted storyteller and provides great action throughout the novel. Though the SOM series is categorized as YA, I also believe it could fit into the New Adult genre, especially with the ages of the characters and themes of the book.

The main character, Ziv, is a very likeable character whom readers will come to care about, wanting to know what is in store for him after each challenge he faces. The other characters are very interesting and when one of the “bad guys” is revealed—I must say that I did not see that coming. Therefore, Cosby does an excellent job of creating mystery and intrigue throughout.

At times, there was so much detail—for my taste—that it took away from the action. However, this story, as a whole, was a fun and entertaining read that made me excited to get to the end.

The ending of The Windgate was executed well, leaving me satisfied but also in understanding that there are still unanswered questions and more adventures ahead for Ziv and his companions. Overall, The School of Ministry: The Windgate is a great read that provides a new perspective on Christian themes through the avenue of literary fiction. I look forward to the next installment in this series.

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Special Guest: Braxton A. Cosby Shares His Writing Endeavors

I am so honored and thrilled to play host today to Dr. Braxton A. Cosby. You’ve heard of his uncle–the beloved Bill Cosby–and Dr. Cosby, like his uncle, seeks to make the world a better place through his experience and influence. His latest adventures include writing Young Adult fiction. ProtoStar, book #1 of his Star-Crossed Saga is due out next year. Check it out on Goodreads by clicking HERE. And coming soon–VERY soon–is his novel The School of Ministry: The Windgate. Below, Cosby explains just what this book is about, and gives us some insights into his writing process and goals as an author.

Dr. Cosby and I connected on Twitter–isn’t the Internet a wonderful thing? Therefore, through some messaging, I have the awesome privilege of reading and reviewing an ARC of The Windgate, and will post as soon as I’m finished with it. But now, without further ado, I’ll hand you all over to Dr. Cosby so you can find out more about him through an interview we conducted via e-mail:

BraxtonBIO: Dr. Braxton A. Cosby received his doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami and has been an experienced clinician for over 12 years. He is also a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. He currently co-hosts a weekly radio show with Jamie Dukes on Atlanta’s own 1380 WAOK called “Ask The Fat Doctors” where they discuss current events and matters of health and wellness. Braxton (A.K.A. the FatDoc) runs his own blog called “Cosby’s Corner”, where he dishes on almost everything from books and movies, to fitness and sports. He also models, acts, and is an award-winning Young Adult author.

Interview

TH: Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

BC: Well, admittedly, my knack for storytelling is definitely in the genes. My Uncle has been doing stand-up for years where he shares his tales of fatherhood and family. My stories probably parallel his in some aspects because the focus is on values of accountability and the importance of making the right choices and accepting the consequences.

TH: What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

BC: I think it is so important for people to share their culture with everyone. There is such a big world out there, with communities of people that can be appreciated from various aspects. Storytelling is a great way to share that with others. I try to write stories that have people everyone can relate to in some way beyond color and ethnicity. The focuses of my books are to pull people in to the personalities of the characters and the hope is that people will identify with them in some way or another.

TH: What does your writing process “look” like? How do you get your ideas and inspiration? 

BC: I start with an outline and I brainstorm ideas that I think would be interesting to the story and see if they fit. The characters have to fit, the setting has to make sense, and the ending has to be engaging. If it all works, then I start to piece it together and make it flow from beginning to end. Moving things around as I write has become a practice that although slightly painful at first, is much appreciated once it is executed and smoothed out.

TH: What is the genre in which you write and why did you choose it?

BC: I love Young Adult. I have to admit that I still envy young folks. The more that I am around them I appreciate the essence of being young. The responsibilities are less, the feeling of invincibility is there and the lack of cynicism is daunting. I love the way our young people today are so accepting of each other’s differences. It’s not perfect, but overall, they are so much less serious as generations past. I think that’s why they can lose themselves in books so easily. The pitch to them is ridiculously less nerve-racking as speaking to adults.

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BC: Wow. It is kind of crazy. I do have the gift of “Stick-to-it-ness” and that’s what helps me stay focused. SOM probably took 3 months to complete the first rough draft (one that I thought was the final draft). Then, the much needed editing process: probably another 2 months.

Navigating the schedule is something that has become an artwork. I have so many plates spinning at once that I wonder how I get through it all. But I just add things as necessary and let God sort out what needs to go. Who knows what task or project is going to be the next big thing.

TH: Can you briefly tell us what the book and the series are about?

BC: It’s the spiritual successor of The Harry Potter Series, in a nutshell. Orphan Ziv, trying to find the meaning of life, is recruited by a secret society when his lifelong friend and crush goes missing. They ask him to join them in their quest to hunt down evil and protect the weak, promising to help him find his friend.

Along the way, he learns that he has gifts and talents of his own that must be perfected if he is to both survive and find the things he is looking for: love and the truth. There’s a wonderful triple love triangle that evolves, awesome action scenes, and comical dialogue throughout the book. Even though the story is told through Ziv’s perspective, the development of the other characters in the story is what I’m the most proud of.

TH: What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them?  

BC: Tell a fresh, new story, that hadn’t been told before. Also, give young people something that was sleek and unique, that incorporates spirituality as being both real and cool. I think I came close.

TH: How does your book relate to your spiritual practice?

BC: Believing as much as possible; without always having the visual proof that there is a plan in place that is directing your life. Sometimes road maps are best left at home and that voice that speaks to you at the times when you most feel discouraged could ultimately be the only directive you’ll ever receive. Life is tough, but the decision to Choose is the most essential component of our fate.

TH: What are your thoughts on writing a book series and what will we see from you in your literary future?

BC: Love it or leave it. It is a huge endeavor because you are always thinking ahead as you write. Do I save this for part three, or put it in part two? How do I introduce this character, and can I kill off this one here? Wait a minute, that’s one of the main focuses of part five! It can be kind of crazy. But once you structure the thing, there is nothing that has been more rewarding in my professional career.

SOM has five planned books, while The Star-Crossed Saga (coming in early 2014) is a trilogy. I will be adding short books in between to give more background on characters and settings to keep readers interested. I have a lot of plans for each series. 

TH: What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

BC: Some of the toughest criticism is when people make statements about your work without offering objective examples. I don’t mind the comments, but show me in the work where it is so that I can possibly make it better. Nobody’s perfect and I’d like to make something that is my best effort. In the midst of the criticism, hopefully I can find some positive takeaways that can make the stories better and me a better writer. 

Best compliment: A recent reviewer said that SOM was fresh and new; they hope they can have the opportunity to review the next installment. That’s exactly what I want people to get from it. 

TH: What is your favorite book and why?

BC: The Hunger Games. I’ve only read the first two because I am trying to follow as close to the movies as I can. Suzanne Collins is a literary “beast”. Her writing is magnificent!

TH: How did you get to be where you are in your life today?

BC: Prayer from my grandmother, love from my mother, support from my wife, and a whole heck of a lot of perseverance. Life is not easy by any haul and I know that I’ve earned my way to the point I am today. I love what I do.

TH: What advice can you offer to aspiring and/or struggling writers?

BC: Find a story, don’t re-write one. Believe in what you have come up with and choose a path to publication. Don’t let it choose you. You have to decide why you are writing in the first place. Beyond the money and fame lies the true essence of a story that will move minds and hearts.

TH: Anything else you would like to share?

BC: Thank you for the interview Tamar, and for those who have connected with me: I hope you enjoy everything I’m giving to the world today.

 

Find Dr. Braxton A. Cosby at these sites:

Series website: www.theschoolofministry.com

Twitter: @Cosbykid_Fatdoc

Website: www.braxtoncosby.com

Blog: www.cosbyscorner.com