Braxton DeGarmo can’t lay claim to wanting to be a writer all his life, although his mother and seventh grade English teacher were convinced he had what it would take. He 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, he 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 1990s, his professional and family life had settled down, somewhat, and his 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, he hesitated to try his hand at fiction. That changed in 1997 when the local newspaper held a writing contest for Valentine’s Day. Out of 1100 entries, he made it to the top five finalists and realized that maybe he could write fiction after all.
Over the next fifteen years, he learned the craft of writing through local writers’ groups, seminars, critique groups and more. He put his hand to his 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), his debut publication. Indebted (©January 2013) came next and has been well received. His 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). Also in 2017, he completed a novella, Ten Seconds ’til… , as part of a 10-author box set. With the end of that limited-time box set, the story became the second in a new series–“A Seamus O’Connor Thriller”–of which The Militant Genome is book one.
Twenty years after that first hesitant start, he can’t find enough time to write all the stories floating in his head. He has lived in Missouri with his wife, Paula, for the past 32 years, but a move is about to happen. Their two children are grown and with three grandchildren, this “Papa” wears a number of hats.