I was born into a family of writers. My great-grandmother, Nellie Richardson was a farmer turned poet who had four poetry books published during her lifetime. My grandmother, Faith Senior, was a secretary for the OSS/CIA in Washington D.C. and later created and published her own pet magazine – Granny’s Pet Gazette. And my mother, Joanne Kash, was a photojournalist whose photographs and positive human interest stories have been published by newspapers and magazines across the globe. I’ve always believed that writing, or creativity in general, is buried in one’s DNA, and if so, I’m very fortunate to have inherited those genes.
I'm originally from Daytona Beach, Florida where I began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 15. I joined several local rock and new wave bands in the mid to late 80's, and even had some major record label interest at one point, but I could never find band-mates who were as serious about becoming a rock star as I was. In stark contrast to my creative side, my backup plan to stardom was to earn my Bachelor's degree in Accounting, which I did.
After marrying my wife and the love of my life, Stephanie, my passion for both music and business eventually led me to Nashville, Tennessee in the early 1990's. At the time Garth Brooks was king, but beyond country music the city was also attracting artists and songwriters from all musical genres, much as it is again today. It was a vibrant and inspiring time, but I quickly found out that trying to make it big as a staff songwriter was too uncertain for a newly married couple. So instead, I put my accounting education and experience to use and focused on the business side of music.
My career eventually landed me in behind-the-scenes roles as an artist manager, talent agent, and music publisher, as well as executive-level accounting and finance positions with record labels and music publishers, including Director of Finance for EMI Music and later Vice President of Finance for Big Machine Label Group.
Outside of my life as an author, I'm currently the Director of Royalties, Audits and Special Projects with Wiles + Taylor & Co. CPA's - an entertainment financial business management and tax firm where I mainly conduct royalty audits tracking down previously unpaid income for major recording artists, producers, and songwriters. With ever-declining earnings for the actual creators of music, it's a rewarding experience to find hundreds of thousands and sometimes even millions of dollars for our clients.
Throughout my career, I've been fortunate to have worked with several multi-platinum and gold-selling recording artists, producers, and songwriters including Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Justin Moore, Toby Mac, Chris Tomlin, Switchfoot, and Twenty One Pilots to name-drop just a few, as well as Rock ‘N’ Roll icons Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis.
As an author, my first novel, Surface, was published in 2001. I loved writing that book, but I always knew I had an even better story inside of me. I just never thought it would take 17 years to get back to the process of writing it. Unfortunately, life has a way of putting our dreams on hold sometimes, but I honestly don't think A Model Mind could have been written without going through the experiences I encountered during that time
After losing my dad in 2015 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease, I decided there would be no more procrastination ... no more excuses. Leslie Kash was a WWII Army vet and Purple Heart recipient who became a professional baseball player upon returning from the South Pacific. Wanting to be the best father he could be, which a life of constant travelling made challenging, he eventually traded his ball cap for a hard hat and became an electrician by trade helping to build the first rocket launch pads that propelled humans into space and later various sections of the Walt Disney World complex.
Both my mother and father instilled a work ethic and determination in me to push through, especially when things get tough, so after Dad's passing I became very focused on my goal of finally writing A Model Mind. I already had the vision in my head and I knew the story I wanted to tell along with the message I hope it relays to those who read it, so it was just a matter of committing to the effort while also working a full time gig in the music business.
A Model Mind was born over the course of a year, mainly during early morning and late night hours, with editing and all the other fun work necessary long after a novel is completed taking several more months. But I've enjoyed every minute of it, especially with my dog, Sophie, by my side, and the avid reader in Stephanie, a Speech Communications major, encouraging me onward across every page. I think we both knew I had developed a great story with amazing characters when after reading it for seemingly the 25th time, we still laughed, cried, and felt moved by the events that transpire. I hope you feel the same way when you experience it.
I'm already working on the next novel, and I look forward to sharing that with you when it's completed. No more procrastination! There will also be some future surprises regarding A Model Mind, so please subscribe to my newsletter and I'll keep you informed about any updates.
Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy the incredible story of A Model Mind's main character, the one and only, Mr. Tommy Model.
Copyright 2018 Brad Kash