Hi! I'm Braxton DeGarmo
I can’t lay claim to wanting to be a writer all my life, although my mother and seventh grade English teacher were convinced I had what it would take. I went to Duke University, earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Engineering with a major in Bio-Medical Engineering, and followed that with medical school at the University of Cincinnati. After a residency in Emergency Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center, I served tours as the Chief, Emergency Medical Services at Fort Campbell, KY and as a research Flight Surgeon at Fort Rucker, AL. Who had time to write?
By the late 1990′s, my professional and family life had settled down, somewhat, and my mother once again took up her mantra, “Write a book. You’re a good writer.” Yet, with no experience in writing anything other than technical articles, I hesitated to try my hand at fiction. That changed in 1997 when the local newspaper held a writing contest for Valentine’s Day. Out of 1100 entries, I made it to the top five finalists and realized that maybe I could write fiction after all.
Over the next fifteen years, I learned the craft of writing through local writers’ groups, seminars, critique groups and more. I put my hand to my first novels, which won’t see the light of day, and ultimately sought the help of an editor. From that collaboration came The Militant Genome (©July 2012), my debut publication. Indebted (©January 2013) came next and has been well received. My third and fourth novels, Looks that Deceive (©May 2013) and Rescued and Remembered (©November 2013) began what is now a six book series that includes The Silenced Shooter (©July 2014), Wrongfully Removed (©June 2015), A Zealot’s Destiny (©March 2016), and A Kidnapped Nation (©April 2017).
Twenty years after that first hesitant start, I can’t find enough time to write all the stories I have floating in my head. I live in Missouri with my wife, Paula. Our two children are grown and with three grandchildren nearby, this “Papa” wears a number of hats.