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Interview: Braxton Cosby, Author of The Star-Crossed Saga: ProtoStar

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Braxton Cosby received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate from the University of Miami.  Mr. Cosby is an avid and inspiring dreamer with a vision of constant evolving and maximizing the untapped potential of the human spirit. He “believes that everyone should pursue joy that surpasses understanding and live each day as if it were the last.”  An incredibly thoughtful and uplifting message.  

One day, Braxton Cosby decided to mix his love of Science Fiction with his romantic side and create an entirely new genre of writing; Sci-Fance, mixing science fiction and romance.  The result? The Star-Crossed Saga: ProtoStar.  Mr. Cosby has gained a lot of his inspiration through the years from watching the accomplishments and exploits of his famous uncle, comedic legend Bill Cosby.

Mr. Cosby resides in Georgia with his wife and two children. 

Readers can learn more about Braxton Cosby and his work by visiting his website and/or connecting with him on Facebook and Twitter.

Please tell us a bit about your book, The Star-Crossed Saga: ProtoStar, and what you hope readers take away from reading it.

At the core of ProtoStar, is a love story and a journey of two young people as they venture into the beginnings of adulthood. The weight of the decisions that they make will produce ripple effects that will not only impact their lives, but those of the ones they love. Inevitably, as we all grow and mature over time, we are given the opportunity to make choices. We must be accountable to those choices; understanding that we must accept their outcomes, whether good or bad. I hope that readers take are able to pull this out of the story and I especially encourage young people to reflect on the importance of being true to you and following the “straight road” and listen to their heart over the pressures of the world.

Who are your favorite characters in the story?

William Derry is the main character that must make the decision between love and duty. He is the Prince of the Torrian Alliance and also a bounty hunter. He’s a complicated character to write because he has lived this very structured, pristine life with everything he wants at his fingertips. Yet, he decides to venture out on this crusade to salvage his family name. The strength of his character is that he has strong convictions and he is very accountable to his actions. His morale ethics are a big part of the dilemma he must face when ultimately making his decision.

Sydney Elaine is the female of interest. She is a typical, small town teenage girl that dreams of big adventure and love. She is finally given both and she must now learn to understand how to cherish receiving that which she longed for. Her character will develop a lot more over the length of the trilogy, with typical challenges of going to school, peer pressure from friends and understanding the voice in her heart that draws her towards a wayward stranger.

Do you have a favorite line or excerpt from your book?

Yes, here it is. This is a scene that takes place on top of Sydney’s grandmother’s house, where she and William are starting to get closer.

William reached down to the quilt and grabbed his glass of tea and finished it off. Then he took Sydney by the hand and placed a small subtle kiss on it.

“It’s been a pleasure once again, but I really must be getting some much needed rest. See you in the morning?”

“Yes,” Sydney answered, “see you in the morning then.”

William decided a dramatic exit was the only appropriate way to end the evening. He gave a few short hops towards the end of the rooftop, planted his feet along the edge and vaulted upward, floating away from the edge of the house and landing perfectly on the back lawn.

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Sydney raced towards the edge, making sure William was safe. She shook her head in wonderment as he disappeared behind the barn doors. Then dropped to her knees, staring at the hand William kissed and thinking, “Could this guy really be my Prince Charming?

As the sounds of crickets played in the background of the country night, a cool breeze tumbled in from the West blowing her hair into her face. She brushed it away and glanced upward to the Moon one last time. The sight of the mammoth white circle gave her a promise of hope. She knew that if the Moon could hang effortlessly in the sky without a single hint of losing its composure, surely something as simple as love could befall upon a country girl like her. She walked over and picked up her quilt, making her way back to her bedroom window. Looking back at the ghostly object one last time, she quotes an old nursery rhyme, “I see the Moon, the Moon sees me. Let’s hope God blesses the both of us.”

If your current release were to be turned into a movie, who would you love to see play what characters and why?

William — dream character Leonardo Dicaprio. He fits the description of William perfectly. His boyish charm and bold acting gives him the range to carry William’s personality.

Sydney — dream character- Mila Kunis. She is bold, daring and also possesses an innocence to her that reflects Sydney’s inner glow.

What are your favorite aspects of writing?

Creating! I love the fact that as a writer, you have a freedom to create, edit, delete and build worlds that you could otherwise not live in. I truly like to create places and characters that I like (good or bad). These are worlds that I see vividly in my head and I try to paint them in detail on the canvas of books.

Your least favorite aspects of writing?

Editing. It takes forever and sometimes things still get past you.

Who are some of your favorite authors/books?

I love J. K. Rowlings, Fred Saberhagen and Stephenie Myers. Veronica Roth is slowly becoming one of my favorites as well.

What are you reading right now?

Divergent by Veronica Roth.

If you could have a dinner party and invite five authors – dead or alive – who would they be and what would you serve them?

J.K. Rowlings, James Paterson, Edgar Allen Poe, Fred Saberhagen and C.S. Lewis. I’d serve wine and cheese, and my personal favorite: anything Italian.

What is a book that you wish you could say that you had written and why?

I truly appreciate the wonderful genius of The Harry Potter series. Who doesn’t wish they had the courage to create such a rich and boundless tale.

What is the greatest piece of advice (for writing and/or just living) that you have heard?

See the vision, receive it, believe on it and pray to God to give you the courage to walk in it. Follow what is true to you, even if you undergo scrutiny. In the end, at least you followed your own sense of purpose, win or lose.

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