Over the last few weeks, I have been extremely fortunate to get to know Braxton A Cosby. I recently finished his amazing breakout debut from Firefly Publishing, The Star-Crossed Saga: ProtoStar.
I want to begin this interview by getting the obvious out of the way, yes, he is indeed the nephew of legendary performer and comedian Bill Cosby and with that said, let’s focus on Braxton A. Cosby.
Braxton A. Cosby is a physical therapist by background; he received his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate from the University of Miami. As a writer, Braxton creates storylines that focus on character relationships and exploration of the psychology of human connection, especially concerning themes of trust, faith and selflessness.
Braxton was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule for this interview from his home in Georgia. Thank you, Braxton, for the opportunity to interview you and for the chance for readers to get to know you. Welcome!
Being a new author, who or what has been the biggest influence on your writing? Who has been your biggest support?
My biggest influence in writing to date has to be J. K. Rowling. She has such a vivid imagination, and I admire her courage to create a phenomenon that she believed was great, despite the feedback she received from people who were not ready for something so different. I feel the same about my first novel Protostar. My biggest support thus far has been my close circle of family, church and friends. They have really rallied behind me and encouraged me to push my book forward.
Do you feel your writing is character driven or plot driven? How do you balance these two elements?
Wow, a very loaded question. I think early on in the creative process (building the outline) I lean more toward plot driven because I need to develop the setting, the environment, the theatrical elements such as good vs. evil/emotion/morals, then I dive into the characters. I want to make them real and allow them to “pop” off of the page and make them become real to the reader. Early on I found myself carrying my IPad and pieces of paper around with me in order to capture ideas for Star-Crossed so that I did not forget.
What do you feel are the essential elements of a great story?
I love pacing and big finishes. I want to deliver a story that has good pacing, allowing the reader to get a “jolt” of action here and there that moves the story forward, and then slow it down so that there are opportunities for character development. I hate to give everything all at once. I fear that readers will have a let-down and lose interest if the story moves too fast or slow. I’m a huge fan of “Big Finishes.” I want the reader or audience (movie plug) to experience a climactic ending so that they remember the story. It was imperative to me that Protostar have these elements. I had the ending completed in my head mid-way through writing the book.
What is it about this genre that captures your imagination?
Young people, young love, young ideas, and young innocence. Did you hear young anywhere in there? Lol. I love working with young people, and I understand the challenges that they go through, but I appreciate their potential. Everything they want is at their fingertips, but they have to be determined to obtain it. There is so much opportunity to create fresh stories and characters that reflect our society today.