Braden, what is your typical day like?
I wake up at 5:45 so that the kids and I can leave at 6:30 in order to be at school by 7:30. I’m a teacher at a private school, and my children are fortunate to attend–but we live some distance away. After school, I usually have play rehearsals or voice lessons until the evening, so I generally get home around 6:00 or 7:00. Then we have supper, and I write until bedtime. Then I try to always help get the kids to bed, and then write until I go to sleep–which is almost always far too late!
Wow that is a lot. Do you write with music or not?
Do you outline your manuscript first?Â
I generally write the story out in several very long paragraphs–perhaps a few pages worth. Just a description of what happens so that I won’t forget.
What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
Finding time to write!
Me too. How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
I usually start writing. I can tell fairly quickly if it’s going nowhere, or if it has some potential.
Nice, What is the title of your book?
This particular book is the third volume in the Middle School Magic series. It’s called, “Luminescence.”
Interesting… What inspired you to write this book?
The series started about five years ago when my kids saw a man walking across lawns during a fierce Tennessee thunderstorm. That was odd–as was the fact that he wore a black cape. I started wondering about why someone would be out. That idea triggered a few others I’d been toying with–the idea of a secret group of wizards operating in the modern world–and everything came together.
Really? Cool… How do you come up with your characterâ€™s names?
Because I’m a school teacher, the physical appearances of these students and teachers were based on people I know–only the physical appearances, though. The personalities are unique to the characters. I started with the character’s real name and then I changed it–looking for names that had the same number of syllables, the same pattern of consonants and vowels, etc. I’m not very good at coming up with names, so I had to use this very mechanical process.
That is so awesome. Tell us what is about?
In the past two books, three 7th graders have discovered and started to learn to use their powers as Magi, which means they can use and control Light. In the last book, however, in-fighting, jealousy, and some other personal problems triggered a series of events that led to their beloved teacher and mentor being captured by his worst enemy. Now, the trio has to work through their problems and figure out to how to rescue their teacher. Along the way, that demands their best efforts and some very real and personal sacrifices.
Intriguing. What genre does your book fall under?
Middle Grade fantasy.
Goody… What will be your next project?
I’m working on a YA novel. It would be classified as YA paranormal. It’s inspired by the magical, mysterious hills and forests and creeks of rural Tennessee, where I live.
Where can we buy a copy of your book?
I sell it at a discount through my website as well. It’s $10 plus shipping and handling.
In addition, it can be purchased at the regular places, such as Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Read about Braden’s series:Â Middle School Magic
Author site/blog:Â www.bradenbell.com
Facebook:Â Braden Bell, author