WELCOME JOSHUA GRAHAM
WINNER OF the INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (Beyond Justice), #1 bestselling author Joshua Graham’s award-winning novel DARKROOM hit 3 bestseller lists on Amazon the night of its release.
CBS NEWS described DARKROOM as a book with “action, political intrigue and well-rounded characters…a novel that thriller fans will devour.”
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY described BEYOND JUSTICE as: “A riveting legal thriller…breaking new ground with a vengeance…demonically entertaining and surprisingly inspiring.”
Suspense Magazine listed BEYOND JUSTICE in its BEST OF 2010, alongside titles by Scott Turrow, Ted Dekker, Steven James and Brad Thor.
His short story THE DOOR’S OPEN won the HarperCollins Authonomy Competition (Christmas 2010.)
Many of Graham’s readers blame him for sleepless nights, arriving to work late, neglected dishes and family members, and not allowing them to put the book down.
Josh grew up in Brooklyn, NY where he lived for the better part of 30 years. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree and went on to earn his doctorate from Johns Hopkins University. During his time in Maryland, he taught as a professor at Shepherd College (WV), Western Maryland College, and Columbia Union College (MD).
Today he lives with his beautiful wife and children on the West Coast. Several of Graham’s short fiction works have been published under various pen names by Pocket Books and Dawn Treader Press. Writing under the pen name Ian Alexander, Graham debuted with his first Epic Fantasy novel ONCE WE WERE KINGS, an Amazon #1 Bestseller in multiple categories and Award-Winning Finalist in the SciFi/Fantasy category of The USA “Best Books 2011 Awards, as well as an Award-Winning Finalist in the Young Adult Fiction category of The USA “Best Books 2011 Awards, and an Award Winner in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards in the Teen/Young Adult category. ONCE WE WERE KINGS is available in ebook and hardcover editions.
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Q&A with Joshua Graham
Writing and Reading:
Do you draw from personal experiences and/or current events?
To some extent. In the case of Beyond Justice, when imagining and conjuring up the emotion of the opening scenes, I used my own home and neighborhood in my mind. It was very difficult, because these are things no one even wants to imagine. But for the sake of realism, I made myself go there. It’s not something I would chose to do lightly and certainly not something I enjoy. I also draw upon life events—job loss, loss of loved ones, etc., because it’s the only way I can be genuine in my depiction of my characters’ reactions and feelings during such times.
Do you start with the conclusion and plot in reverse or start from the beginning and see where the story line brings you?
I do either or both, depending on how the story tells itself to me. It does help to know the ending, or at least part of it, so you can set it up and drive at it with a clear direction. In fact, for mystery, knowing the ending helps me as a writer to be more tricky.
Your routine when writing? Any idiosyncrasies?
I typically write in the afternoon, after I’ve sent the kids to school, or have finished teaching homeschool lessons (we do both school and homeschool). As for idiosyncrasies, I try to clear my mind and pray before I begin. Besides the plot and characters, I try to remember my whole purpose for writing, and that is to entertain as well as bring about thought provoking ideas, and a sense of hope.
Is writing your full time job? If not, may I ask what you do by day?
My full time job is being a husband and a father. By day, I pose as a thriller author, but no one really knows my secret identity.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
C.S. Lewis, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, John Grisham, James Rollins, Steve Berry… the list goes on.
What are you reading now?
DEADLINE, by Sandra Brown
Are you working on your next novel? Can you tell us a little about it?
I am always working on my next novel, and I could tell you, but… well, you know. 😉
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Your novel will be a movie. Who would you cast?
For Sam Hudson, I think there are a few choices, but you know what? I would love to see Will Smith portray him.
Manuscript/Notes: hand written or keyboard?
Both, lots on my mobile phone too.
Favorite leisure activity/hobby?
Hanging out with friends, laughing and playing Texas Holdem
Probably a nice Italian combination of pasta, chicken and salad. Not sure what it’s called but it usually has sun dried tomatoes included.
How do people get in touch with you?
My website has information on me and my books www.joshgraham.net
And I’m on twitter www.twitter.com/J0shuagraham
And facebook www.facebook.com/j0shgraham
I blog occasionally too: www.joshua-graham.com/blog
Check out the trailer for my most recent book TERMINUS: www.joshua-graham.com/terminustrailer
ABOUT THE BOOK
THE DESCENT INTO HELL IS NOT ALWAYS VERTICAL…
Sam Hudson, a reputable San Diego attorney, learns this when the authorities wrongfully convict him of the brutal rape and murder of his wife and daughter, and sends him to death row. There he awaits execution by lethal injection.
If he survives that long.
In prison, Sam fights for his life while his attorney works frantically on his appeal. It is then that he embraces the faith of his departed wife and begins to manifest supernatural abilities. Abilities which help him save lives- his own, those of his unlikely allies-and uncover the true killer’s identity, unlocking the door to his exoneration.
Now a free man, Sam’s newfound faith confronts him with the most insurmountable challenge yet. A challenge beyond vengeance, beyond rage, beyond anything Sam believes himself capable of: to forgive the very man who murdered his family, according to his faith. But this endeavor reveals darker secrets than either Sam or the killer could ever have imagined. Secrets that hurtle them into a fateful collision course.
BEYOND JUSTICE, a tale of loss, redemption, and the power of faith.
“…A riveting legal thriller…. breaking new ground with a vengeance… demonically entertaining and surprisingly inspiring.”
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Published by: Dawn Treader Press
Publication Date: July 2010
Number of Pages: 430
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