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Multi-award-winning author Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer who evolved from concepts on pen and paper to pixels and keyboards. He tells stories that evoke emotions and stimulate thought. Protostar: Book 1 The Star-Crossed Saga and The School of Ministry: The Windgate are currently two young adult series he created. Braxton is also the CEO of the full-service entertainment company Cosby Media Productions, which has five divisions including film, television, music, print media and consultative services. Braxton lives in Georgia with his wife, three children and a troop of crazy African Cichlids.
Loren Kleinman (LK): Your personal mission is to “change lifestyles.” How do you relate to writing Young Adult fiction?
Braxton Cosby (BC): I think changing lives is an aspect of everything I do. Or at least that’s what I’m trying to incorporate. I feel that I have been called to bring healing — not just through my job as a physical therapist, but also in the words I write. I feel a huge responsibility has been given to me with my platform, and I want to use my books and writings as a vehicle to convey positive messaging to people of all ages. My love for young adult books and for young people in general is an inspiration. I want to tell stories that are not just unique, but are tales that become more of an experience that people part take in when they read.
LK: Can you talk about your background in physical therapy and how that influences your writing?
BC: I love what I do daily as a physical therapist. I am able to touch the lives of so many people on a daily basis. I hear their personal stories and provide encouragement and hope in the midst of circumstances that force them to adapt and survive. My writing becomes a reflection of that because I incorporate the “survival” theme in most of my stories and show characters that adapt over time, and pursue accomplishing mutual goals against insurmountable odds.
LK: You’re the nephew of Bill Cosby. I mean we had to bring that up, right? What’s your relationship like? How has he been supportive of your writing? And do you consider it a blessing or a curse?
BC: Uncle Bill is an amazing inspiration for me. He has accomplished so much over his career and the most important thing he has done is touch the lives of millions. I did a book tour with him in the past, and to see hundreds of people come up to him and tell him how important all the projects he’s done were to them and their families is awe-inspiring. I want my books, movies and music to do the same thing. They have to mean something to me first, and then I know they will touch others. I’ve turned down projects based on propaganda alone. His God-given talent for storytelling has thankfully matriculated down to me. I am able to infuse detail into my world-building which brings readers out of the present. Uncle Bill also encourages me to be the best ‘me’ that I can be and to not be afraid to follow my own path, in spite of what the norm is. The shadow of being a Cosby is so much more than a blessing. It gives me opportunities to have conversations and meet people that I would’ve otherwise not been able to connect with. Now, with my company Cosby Media Productions in full swing, we are developing intellectual properties in partnership with fabulous people who share our vision.
LK: Can you talk about your upcoming release, Protostar? How did you come up with the title and the premise?
BC: Protostar is a young adult love story, wrapped in a sci-fi backdrop that tells the story of two star-crossed lovers brought together by fate and destined to be torn apart. William, a bounty hunter and prince from his home planet Fabricius, is sent to Earth on a mission to kill a star-child (a humanoid being that will inherit the powers of the Sun) named Sydney, before she tears the solar system to pieces. When he arrives on Earth, the assassination is delayed three days due to unforeseen circumstances and he decides to shadow her in hopes to find out more about his target. But, he makes the mistake of getting too close to her over time which creates an internal struggle, forcing him to choose between love and duty. There’s a great mix of twists and turns, fantastic action, large set pieces, and memorable characters. We’ve already gone into film production, completing the screenplay and initial casting.
LK: You’re a busy (I mean busy) man. Can you talk about how you manage your time with so much on your plate?
BC: I have a great team of players behind me. It starts with home. My wife helps me manage the family and we set aside time for each other and then I get to work. Then there’s the business side. With Cosby Media Productions (CMP), Leon, my COO, does a wonderful job of coordinating calls and connecting us with people and businesses for productive partnerships that we feel are setting the stage for getting our projects off the ground in major ways.
LK: You were nominated by Jezebel Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans, not only for your looks, but for your dedication to service in the community and beyond. Can you share with us your philosophy on community service and how that also relates to the writing community?
BC: It was a great honor bestowed upon me by Jezebel Magazine. I have a lot of respect for the magazine and the growth they’ve accomplished here in the Southeast. I love that the “50 Most” achievement went beyond recognizing people for just their looks. I understand the importance of community service, not just to those within the same community with similar backgrounds, but with the entire community of the world. With the birth of social media, people can now be reached across distance in mere microseconds. I get so many people reaching out to me and thanking me for my timely statements, articles, quotes and tweets on social media. I’m so humbled that I can be used as a vessel to encourage others. It extends well beyond just my blog, Cosby’s Corner, where I talk about everything from movies, books, film and current projects. Not to mention the health advice and information I share on the “Ask The Fat Doctors” radio show on WAOK.
LK: What’s your take on the rise in author bullying on Amazon and other venues like Goodreads?
BC: I can’t believe that something this petty is happening, especially in a venue as important as reading and writing. Egos and attitudes always seem to get in the way of progress. The rise of indies in both print and film/television is putting the pressure on higher-ups and the consumers are now gravitating to good content in opposition to good marketing. I love the current climate and environment we’re living in right now, minus the garbage. LK: If you could spend a day with any one of your characters in Protostar who would it be?
BC: It would be William. He’s the daring, brave, good-looking, unconventional hero who is in transition. I appreciate people who are willing to not be afraid of change and accept the idea that the way they think the world needs to exist might be the wrong way of thinking. His character reflects the power of truth and of course love, which I feel is the most powerful force in the universe. Obviously, with Protostar being just the first book in the series, we will continue to see William grow and struggle to accept the things he cannot change and allow love to guide his thought processes going forward.
LK: If I give you a time machine, what time period and in what place would you travel to?
BC: The future! I love the advancements that man has made over time. Although we still have our laundry list of issues, I believe the best form of man is yet to come. We are slowly learning more and more how to appreciate other’s differences and developing a tolerance for individuality. At the base of humanity, there is a need to feel loved, appreciated and accepted. Everyone deserves a chance to experience all of these. No matter what you may feel about someone and their choices, maintaining the ideal of love will always help in positioning opportunities for positive exchanges and decision-making that will further the growth of our society.
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Braxton A. Cosby, the nephew of the legendary Bill Cosby, is following in his uncle’s foot steps. This author, actor, and entrepreneur, received a lot of his inspiration from the amazing accomplishments of his famous uncle. A physical therapist by background, Braxton received his doctorate from the University of Miami. With the goal of impacting the entertainment world with his own brand of Cosby creativity, Braxton created Cosby Media Productions: a new entertainment media company that produces family-friendly content that will, “Entertain the mind and Inspire the Soul.”
One of the first projects from Braxton is his new adventure novel The Windgate: Book 1 of The School of Ministry series. It has already made headlines: WINNER OF THE READERS’ FAVORITE 2013, GOLD MEDAL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR YOUNG ADULT, WINNER OF LITERARY CLASSICS INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS, GOLD AWARD FOR FAITH BASED YOUNG ADULT
The Windgate has also received the Seal of Approval from Mr. Cosby himself. “A memorable, unpredictable journey of hope, identity and courage,” says Cosby. “The Cosby gift of storytelling lives on in this page turning adventure.” Not resting on the recent success of The Windgate, Braxton has already started making plans for his next book release in mid April 2014, another Young Adult novel, with plans for a movie adaptation already in the works. 2014 will be a big year for Braxton. He has accepted upcoming roles in the TV Series “A Rock and A Hard Place” and the Film “The Snare“, both starring Stephen Baldwin. With these projects, Braxton shares his talent as an actor, however he also has projects he is doing behind the camera. In his role as Executive Producer, Braxton is currently developing multiple Intellectual Properties in all areas of entertainment: a children’s animation series, a talk radio program, a reality tv series, several music projects, and other books. Already voted as one of the 50 Most Beautiful Atlantans by JEZEBEL Magazine, the next generation Cosby is raising the bar. Braxton is poised to make his own personal mark in the entertainment industry.
For more information about Braxton A Cosby, contact Leon Cosby III at (404) 860-2117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.BraxtonCosby.com
Exciting news everyone!
I’ve just signed on in association with FathHead Films to play a role in the “Currently In Development” sitcom for television Rock and A Hard Place.
Press Release Excerpt:
Adding to the already star studded cast including famed actor Stephen Baldwin (The Usual Suspects, Bio-Dome, Celebrity Apprentice), and four-time Grammy Award winner John Schlitt (lead singer, Petra, formerly of Head East), Rock And A Hard Place TV announced Sunday via Facebook that they have added Braxton Cosby, of Cosby Media Productions, to the cast as the Worship Leader for Solid Rock Church, the church headed by Pastor Darren Keaton (Stephen Baldwin) in the series.
In this quirky sitcom recently widowed Pastor Darren Keaton (Stephen Baldwin) is struggling to raise his young biracial daughter (Berkeley Clayborne) alongside his adversarial live-in African-American Mother-In-Law when he inherits Hard Knocks Bar and Grill from a close friend and parishioner. Will his already dwindling congregation at Solid Rock Church support him in honoring his dear friends final request: that he take over as owner and operator of Hard Knocks?
The series is most often described as faith friendly, and it is, but the team is quick to point out that the best way to describe the content would have to be as wholesome, and family friendly. It is with this in mind that the Production Team has turned to Kickstarter, a crowd-funding site, to fund the startup of this series. With stars like Stephen Baldwin, John Schlitt, and Braxton Cosby attached the natural course of action would be to turn to a network to fund the pilot episode; but the Producers fear attaching so quickly to a network will impede their ability to shape the content and keep the message intact.
As mentioned above, this project still needs funding help to make it a reality. Please go the following link: KICKSTARTERRAAHPTV and read up more on this great project. If you like what you see, please consider pledging any amount to help out.
Braxton A. Cosby is honored as one of Jezebel Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful Atlantians (in stores now)
The School of Ministry: The Windgate is the Gold Medal Winner for The Readers’ Favorite Book of the Year 2013 Young Adult General Category
The School of Ministry: The Windgate is the Gold Medal Winner for Children’s Literary Classics International Book Awards for Young Adult Faith Based category
The Early Reviews Are Out for Protostar
5 out of 5 stars- James A. Cox of The Midwest Book Review:
Even an eternity of travel may fall to emotion…”The Star-Crossed Saga” is a unique spin of the doomed love, very much recommended.
5 stars- Excerpts from Blogcritics- by Diane Morasco
…a magnificent start to an inventive series by a talented debut author. Braxton Cosby vibrantly makes his mark in the science fiction, young adult and fantasy genres… Cosby has penned a story for the intelligent reader…strong prose is appealing, engaging and well-written. His characters glimmer like the sun. ProtoStar is a cinematic literary epic adventure.
5 stars- Kitty Bullard- GMTA Book Club
…I simply couldn’t put this one down…displays a talent showing just how well Braxton knows his characters and feels their emotions as he displays them so artistically on each page.
Definitely a must read novel!
5 stars- Musings of A Book Addict- Sandra Stiles
I love the term Sci-Fance…the world building is fabulous…This type of science fiction will appeal to girls as well as boys…I will recommend this book.
RisingShadow.net- Written by Seregil of Rhiminee
……a superlative and exuberant use of descriptive elements …young adults and fans of romantic fiction are the right target audience for this book…The romantic dialogues were well written and romance readers will without a doubt like them. I’m sure that fans of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series and other similar books will be interested in reading this book
5 out of 5 stars- Rachel of RachelsBookReviews
I loved this book. It was fantastic. Braxton said he wanted to create a new genre, so he did. I have nothing negative to say about this book. It’s fantastic and I’m looking forward to the next one…I absolutely recommend the book.