Interview with Shanae Branham

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I’m a tour stop during the DiSemblance blog tour! And today I get to interview author Shanae Branham about her book. Be sure to stick around to the end so you can enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash!


1. Do you have any rituals that you have to do before you start writing?

I don’t think I would call what I do “rituals”. I start writing by making sure that my outline for the part of the story I am writing is complete. Then I choose music which corresponds emotionally with the character’s perspective (or head) I am writing in, and write.

2. DiSemblance is a techno-thriller. Do you have any experience in the tech field?

No, unless you would call years of watching Star Trek as a kid experience.

3. How much research did you have to put into the story?

I spoke with the FBI and looked up everything I could on the internet about hologram technology. I needed to define the line between reality and fiction for myself. The fun thing about writing fantasy is that I can define what is invented and then write as if it has been invented that way. The most important thing I have to do is stay true to the rules I create for my invention.

4. What was the inspiration behind the story?

I wanted to show the danger in replacing reality with “virtual” reality.

5. How long did it take you to write DiSemblance?

More than three years

6. If DiSemblance were to become a movie, who would be your dream
cast?

Jason Tanner: I would choose Shia LaBeouf, because he has an inner strength that lends well with being shy. I can see Boston being fascinated with his innocence. I also don’t think he would back down. He would make all of the hard choices Jason has to make seem natural.

Boston Komen: I would choose Emma Watson, because she has a seductive shyness about her. I see her as mischievous, a rebel, yet vulnerable.

Bruce Durante: I would choose Denzel Washington. Okay, he might be a little older than my character in the book, but he can focus with an intensity that won’t let go. I can see him breaking the rules to catch the killer, while being soft with Lisa.

Lisa Taylor-Durante: I would choose Tyra Banks. I see her as a reporter with the type of sophistication that gets people she meets to open up and trust her.

7. Tea or coffee?

Herbal Tea

8. Do you have any excerpts from upcoming work that you can share with us?

I have a pitch for the next novel.

The external drive with the information for building another hologram machine is stolen and sold on the black market. Now someone has hooked it up to the internet and is forcing kidnapped victims to fight for their lives inside an online computer game. Join Jason, Boston, and Bruce as they are sucked into another life and death struggle.

9. What made you decide to be an indie author?

My husband

10. What do you have in store for Jason in the future/how many books do you plan on writing in the series?

This is a series. I have three more books planned out for Jason and Boston. I am writing Boston as one of the main characters in the next three books. In fact, I have named the next book, Boston’s Quest, after her.


DiSemblanceJason Tanner’s life has always been different from the ordinary citizen’s. It started when he was an infant and his parents were only teenagers. A computer science prodigy, Lloyd attended MIT but left a pariah in the eyes of the school’s dean—but a computer physics genius in the eyes of his primary investor. Then his theories and ideas created a holographic machine and their world shrunk as contact with the outside world became less and less frequent. A computer prodigy now himself, Jason is about to learn that the world never waits for you if you have the ability to change it: it will come for you.

Detective Bruce Durante has been handed the case of the Comfort Killer, a serial killer so named because he appears to abduct terminally ill patients before returning their corpses to their families in refrigerated coffins. When he picks up the trail, it leads straight to the home of Lloyd Tanner.

Jason has been living life through the world of Lloyd’s invention and wishing he could carry on a relationship with Boston, the beautiful girl next door. When his father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, he is brought back to reality in a hurry. He is forced to destroy all of the planted evidence—and finds he is being targeted as the killer’s new fall guy. But the secrets of his father’s invention run deep and Jason, his brother Isaac,Boston, the Comfort Killer, and Detective Durante hurtle towards one another on a deadly collision course that leaves everyone’s life hanging in the balance.

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ShanaeI am a professional writer with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a minor in grammar. I have also attended several years of classes and workshops in screenplay writing at the Los Angeles Screenplay writer’s Expo.

I love suspense thrillers and am a master at plot and character development. I enjoy stories with happy endings. I promise all my readers that when they put one of my books down or walk away from one of my movies, they will be enthused with excitement and joy. This does not mean there will not be some sad parts, because you have to feel the bitter in order to understand the sweet. In fact, I have struggled with Dyslexia my whole life, so you can imagine how overjoyed I was when DiSemblance won a Silver metal in the fantasy/science fiction category at the eLit awards in 2012.

Find her at the following: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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