About the Author

steampunk me  Brad Branham has had a varied career in electrical engineering and software development on NASA projects, defense contracting, and scientific pursuits. He enjoys writing slice-of-life adventures. The settings may be rock’n’roll, fantasy, science-fiction, or other unusual locales but the people and their antics are what fundamentally make a story entertaining. In between writing spells, he spends his time on gaming, plinking bass guitar, random software contracts, reconfiguring computers and networks, and random shiny things that get his attention.

Brad got his B.S. in electrical engineering at Rice University in 1981, knows just enough Japanese to get into serious trouble, and has some college Russian and high school German under his hood. He has had an eclectic career ranging from actual rocket science to neurological research support and even was the Network Wizard at the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) for a few years.

“I get asked about my hair versus my career a lot. I’ve worn my hair pretty much this way since the late 1970s. Sometimes a bit shorter, sometimes longer. It never seemed to bother anyone at the Department of Defense or anyone who actually mattered. I was recently amused by some elderly uncivilized twit in a parking lot who called me a “hippie” after I said hello to his dog. He was the right age to be same type of guy who called me that in 1979. The hateful little sods never got over the improved freedom of society I guess – and they never figured out the difference between hippies and the descendents of Vikings and other marauders either. Turns out I’m nearly 70% Scandinavian by DNA (despite my name being Irish in scope), so my construction of chain-mail and ownership of swords, axes, shields, and helmets was my inner DNA talking 😉 ”

Author as slightly inebriated viking.

Seriously doesn’t need a caption.

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4 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Just posting an Indie Author manifesto here so it doesn’t clog the main feed. I keep it pinned to my wall in my office.

    THE INDIE AUTHOR MANIFESTO

    * I am an indie author
    * I have experienced the pleasure and satisfaction that comes from self-publishing
    * I have a right to publish
    * My creative control is important to me. I decide when, where and how my writing graduates to become a published book.
    * Indie does not mean “alone.” I choose my partners.
    * I shall not bow beholden or subservient to any publisher. In my business relationships, I seek partnership, fairness, equity and mutually aligned interests.
    * We indie author comprise diverse writers unified by a common purpose to advance, empower and celebrate writers everywhere.
    * I am a professional. I take pride in my work, and I strive to improve my craft to better serve my readers, myself, my fellow indie authors and the culture of books
    * My writing is valuable and important. This value and importance cannot be measured by commercial sales alone.
    * I celebrate the success of my fellow indie authors, for their success is mine, and mine theirs.

  2. Nathan Carson pointed me toward your work. I MC a spoken-word happening called The Hour That Stretches every first Tuesday at the Jade Lounge here in Portland. I like what I am reading here, and I like what I see of the life behind it. I would love to have you read at the Hour sometime soon. Email me for details, if you want. dante3000@gmail.com

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