Thursday, March 7, 2013

DiSemblance by Shanae Branham‏

I 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.

I was born and raised in a small town in Idaho. I am the second out of six children. When I was in my early 20's my mother was killed by a drunk driver. This one incident drastically changed my life. I have always had a passion for reading and writing fiction. Owing to a life long struggle with Dyslexia, early teachers discouraged me from pursuing a career in writing.

As I have spent over twenty years wrestling with my language disabilities-turning them into professional writing skills, God has honed my insatiable passion into an incredible vision.

My Christian upbringing has instilled within me the belief that "...with God nothing shall be impossible" (Luke 1:37). This has sustained me through the hard times. Because of my language disability, I have had to learn the structure of the English language like other people learn math - building block upon building block.

I am grateful for this experience because it developed in me a skill and love for diagramming sentences, which unfortunately is becoming a lost art.

I want my life to be a living testament that with God's help anyone can achieve their worthwhile dreams. What God requires is the humility to change, a childlike teach-ability to learn, and the patience and persistence to practice and work until their weaknesses are transformed into strengths.

Jason Tanner lives between two worlds. Problem is, only one is real.

As a computer prodigy, Jason has spent his life with limited social contact due to his father’s secretive work on a hologram machine that can create digital immortality. When his father is murdered and framed as the Comfort Killer, Jason is targeted as the killer’s new fall guy. Having spent much of his youth living in the virtual world his father created, he must now go on the run if he is going to save himself, his brother, and the beautiful girl next door.

An exciting, action-packed ride to a future happening today, Shanae Branham's modern techno thriller is the perfect exhilarating adrenaline rush for a technosavvy generation. Expertly weaving cutting-edge technology with almost unbearable suspense, she crafts a wild, white-knuckled thriller that pushes the boundaries of science. Full of intensity and extraordinary vision, DiSemblance attacks the senses as it challenges the mind and imagination.

“Branham does a brilliant job creating suspense….She ramps up the tension by keeping readers guessing over the identities of Jason’s foes and about how Jason’s situation ties in with the hunt for the killer.”

“Jason’s love for his father and his motivation to find out what happened to him are particularly refreshing.”

“The characters of Jason and Isaac are … cool enough to rise to the occasion … making readers feel like they are rooting for real young men.”~  Jill Allen, Clarion Review (4 Stars)


Q) What inspired you to write this story?

As a mother of six children, my concern about the negative effects too much television and video and computer games have on young people led me to choose digital reality as the subject of my first young adult techno-thriller novel. I wanted to play with the idea that there can be a point where digital reality can seem so real that you lose track of where you are -- thus the name DiSemblance, which means the state of being disguised or concealed behind a false appearance.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Three years and many rewrites.

Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
I once heard this saying “if it is not exciting for the writer, it won’t be exciting for the reader”. My favorite thing about writing is creating stories I would love to read.

Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
I love everything about writing from creating stories, studying words and language to rewriting. I would say editing is my least favorite thing about writing, but I have people to do that for me.

Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
It would be me as a New York Times Best Selling Author sometime in the future.

Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
Dead baby spinach. Because I bought it to eat healthier, unfortunately I did not find the will power to consume it before it expired. I have not had the heart to throw it away because then I would have to buy some more and try again.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
I am also a screenplay writer. I write my stories so that they could be easily turned into blockbuster movies. DiSemblance sets the stage for three more books:

…Someone has hooked the hologram machine up to the internet and is forcing kidnapped victims to fight for their lives inside an online computer game. Pitch for Boston’s Quest, the next book in the DiSemblance series.

Before DiSemblance, I wrote two fantasy novels which I was too scared to try and get published. Now, I am using those novels to create my own design for an online computer game to use in my next novel, Boston’s Quest. I plan on publishing three more techno-thriller novels in the DiSemblance series, selling each of my books to be made into block buster movies, and publishing my fantasy series. I also hope to sell J.J. Abrams (or someone like him) an idea for a popular television series which I have that goes along with DiSemblance.


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