Brandon Braxton is a writer living in Richmond, Virginia but born on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. After graduating high school, he went on to Randolph-Macon College, where he played basketball for four years. He would graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He attributes his love for writing to his overactive imagination as a kid, where creating museums and running a wrestling promotion through action figures was just a regular day occurrence. He hopes to one day make writing his occupation but for now, enjoys writing books to take people’s minds off reality, if only for a moment.
When did you first realize you wanted to be writer?
I’ve always liked writing. When I was in elementary school, one of my poems got placed in the school paper so that was exciting. It wasn’t until high school when I wrote a “book” and shared it with classmates that I considered the trade. When I got positive feedback, that was all I needed.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I’ll pace back and forth when I get stuck, often talking to myself to get past whatever point I’m at.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
A lot of my ideas are rooted from things I watch. I’ll pick bits and pieces from different shows–particularly anime–that interest me and try to expound upon them. Often times, I’ll watch a show and think, “This could have been better had this happened.” From there I’ll try to map out ideas and if it passes that test, I usually get to writing.
When did you write your first book and how old were you?
Unofficially, it was around sophomore or junior year of high school. I called it a book but it was really a short story. But it had chapters and I presented it as such. I handwrote the entire thing which was more impressive than anything. I actually had two books in the series and started a third before I went to college.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I enjoy playing video games. Longer ones with a good story are my favorite. I also enjoy playing basketball. I love anime and if I’m not careful, I’ll binge watch a show in two days!
What do you think makes a good story?
I think the most important thing that makes a good story is great characters. You can have the best plot in an amazing setting but if the characters aren’t someone you connect with, you have nothing. I try to make compelling characters and make them as relatable as possible.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I think every kid who played basketball wanted to be like Michael Jordan so playing in the NBA was my first goal. Then I thought maybe I wanted to design video games but that involved a lot of math/science related skills and they weren’t my greatest subjects. But maybe now I can write the story for one instead!