Jim Braswell is a new and upcoming writer. He is an attorney and family man. I recently had the privledge of reading a story he has written and it will have you holding your breath and turning pages fast. He is very excited about his writing and what the future holds for him. I also have his new book and will be reading and reviewing it here on the blog so stay tuned for that as well. He is smart and funny and loves his wife and daughter and is expecting another child very soon. Congratulations Jim! He also has an interesting hobby that you can read about below. In addition to his novel that has just been release he has a story in an anthology with Scarlet Galleon coming out Halloween so don’t miss that one! If you haven’t met him please take the time to introduce yourself. Please welcome Jim Braswell to Roadie Notes…….
1. How old were you when you first wrote your first story?
The first one I remember was in 3rd grade. It was a story about an alligator pirate. I’d like to know what happened to that alligator pirate.
2. How many books have you written?
Published? Reignfall will be my second. I’ve drafted seventeen full-length novels and a few shorts. I’ll be releasing my third novel Ghosts of My Lai this winter.
3. Anything you won’t write about?
Anything involving child/animal abuse. I might allude to it through dialogue or write scenes before or after it takes place, but I don’t think describing it is necessary in literature.
4. Tell me about you. Age (if you don’t mind answering), married, kids, do you have another job etc…
I’m turning 39 in November. I’m married to a fantastic and supportive wife and have one wonderful, totally awesome daughter. I’m also blessed to have another one coming into my life this January. I’m an estate and corporate attorney during the day. In other words, I sit behind a desk all day and help make people money, and then after they make their money I find ways to protect it from everybody else, including the government. I
4. What’s your favorite book you have written?
Character-wise it has to be Reignfall. I was hesitant to release it this early into my career, but I think it’s perfect for this tumultuous socio-political climate. It definitely captures a variety of viewpoints from all walks of life. It’s definitely a dense story. Story-wise it’s The End of All Things. I wrote it right after my daughter was born.
5. Who or what inspired you to write?
This is going to sound weird, but the answer would be my faith. I would never make a habit of beating my religion over someone else’s head, but I do like what C.S. Lewis said in his essay titled God in the Dock. He said, “What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects – with their Christianity latent.” Again, I don’t make a habit of preaching my religion.
Then there’s also CS Lewis, Hemingway, Salinger, and Tolkien. They had an influence in my life.
6. What do you like to do for fun?
Hang out with my family and spend time in my personal gym. It’s the only thing that can help me decompress. They like to glorify being an attorney on television, but it’s an extremely stressful job. I also brew my own beer, have been for seven or eight years now. It’s extremely similar to writing a novel, especially the reaction from those who consume your work. Nothing more satisfying than hearing one of your friends (or next door neighbor who magically appears when he knows you’re tapping a new beer) compliment you on the taste. Then there’s the aftermath of them stumbling about. That’s always fun.
7. Any traditions you do when you finish a book?
I used to drink a beer, but I don’t do much anymore. The uniqueness of it all wore off around the eighth novel I drafted. I think it would be different if I had some rabid fan base who couldn’t wait to devour my next book. Now I just think if the characters will ever be heard.
8. Where do you write? Quite or music?
I have a home office where I write 90% of my work. It’s usually quiet with the undulating sound of my fan overhead. Second and later drafts I usually have music or the sound of my daughter telling me she wants to watch Snow White.
9. Anything you would change about your writing?
I would say for it to be better, but we all have limitations. If I’m being completely honest it would just be for my writing to be read. That’s it.
10. What is your dream? Famous writer?
I just want my wife and kids to be taken care of if something were to happen to me. That’s my dream. I also don’t ever see myself being the starting 2nd basement for the Baltimore Orioles, so that dream was jettisoned a long time ago.
12. Where do you live?
Between Baltimore and Annapolis along the Chesapeake. I live in the same town where I grew up.
Two cats that never stop whining about the fact their food bowls aren’t filled all the way to the top.
14. What’s your favorite thing about writing?
People reading my work and seeing these characters come to life. It’s also an outlet for all the garbage I see going on in the world right now. When I write YA/MG, I love to capture the innocence of childhood before adults inevitably corrupt their way of thinking. For adult stories, it’s definitely exploring the weakness of humans, how we recognize but refuse to accept our shortcomings.
15. What is coming next for you?
I have a short story coming out this October in Scarlett Galleon’s Dark Hallows Ii. I’m extremely humbled to be part of that collection of some really fantastic authors. I also have another novel titled Ghosts of My Lai that I’m releasing this winter. Next year will bring A Time For War, which Reignfall’s sequel, another short in Scarlett Galleon’s Fearful Fathoms, and, God willing, The End of All Things, a MG/YA fantasy.
As always, thank you so much for letting us get to know you better! I wish you much success and happiness!!
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I’m also running a Goodreads giveaway from Reignfall for the remainder of September. https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/203972-reignfall