Boston’s Quest by Shanae Branham: Author Interview



Clean YA Suspense/ Fantasy
Date Published: 7/10/2015

The external drive containing the information for building a hologram machine is stolen and sold on the black market. Now someone has connected a new hologram machine to the Internet, forcing people to fight for their lives in an online fantasy game. Trapped inside this deadly scenario, seventeen-year-old Boston Manning learns that her weakness for tolerating abuse is stopping her from unlocking her elven powers. Can she overcome her character flaw or will she die trying?


In book 2 of the Holoquest Fantasy Series, Boston and Jason return with another action-packed, romantic adventure. Boston’s Questwill electrify your imagination as you experience elves, dwarfs, trolls, priests, vampires, and demons as you’ve never experienced them before.


  1. Tell us about this story.

I get overwhelmed when I have to boil my story down into a short summary so I’d like to use most of an Amazon review by Alisa H. to answer this question. “Jason Tanner’s mother died when he was younger, and recently his father has been killed and his brother Isaac is now in a psychiatric ward. Isaac hates Jason and thinks he is responsible for his father’s death. …Jason wants his girlfriend Boston to join him in his gaming world, and Boston wants him to join her in the real world. Neither of them are great at facing their problems, and unfortunately, they both have huge problems.

Boston is struggling with a sober and controlling mother … and her (mother’s) new boyfriend, Ivan who wants Boston in a creepy and totally inappropriate way. Boston barely escapes Ivan. But she unknowingly has traded a really bad situation for an impossibly bad situation.

There is a third point of view (besides Jason and Boston) in this book: Oscar Allen. He is leading up one of the challenge teams and he and Jason become friends. Oscar is brilliant online, but mentally and emotionally he is unable to leave his room. His dad has just gotten out of prison for embezzlement and is determined to drive Oscar out of his bedroom. It’s interesting to watch Oscar develop as he learns more about his dad’s “crime” and is put in some situations (as Jason’s friend) that require him to look past his own fears.

The rest of the book is really intense — the best way I can describe it without giving spoilers is it’s like Ender’s Game meets Hunger Games. There is a big quest and there are some teams who think they are playing the quest to win a big monetary prize at the end, and there are others who are playing against their will to save their own lives. Alliances are formed, enemies are identified, and the game is on!

I love the intensity of this book – I definitely didn’t want to put it down. But I also love the themes that run through this book: loyalty, looking past fears, standing up for yourself, standing up for others, and helping others out even when you have to sacrifice something yourself.

  1. What living person do you most admire?

My husband

  1. What is your most prized possession?

My mind

  1. Which talent would you most like to have?

The ability to teleport

  1. Who is your favorite fictional character of all time?

Mary Poppins

  1. Who’s the favorite character that you created?

Oscar Allen

  1. What’s your idea of perfect happiness?

Being with the people I love while doing the things that we love with everyone happy with each other.

  1. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I’d like to be twenty again with the wisdom that I have gained over the last twenty-five years.


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.

boston's quest Portrait picture for blog sizeI love suspenseful, action-adventures and clean, young adult, romance stories. 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-five years transforming my language disabilities into professional writing skills, God has honed my insatiable passion into an incredible vision.

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