Join Joshua Graham, author of the paranormal suspense novel, Terminus, as he tours the blogosphere April 1 – 29 2013 on his fourth virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book!
How did you start your writing career?
I began writing short stories, sold three to an anthology by Pocket Books under a different pen name, got invited to professional writers workshops, and then—after losing my corporate IT day job, started writing full time. I am now a full time writer.
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I would love to travel to Germany, Italy, England, France and other countries where my favorite classical composers lived and worked. As a classical musician by training (I’m a cellist), it would be wonderful to visit the historical sites and take in everything possible. There is a heritage and a spirit that continues to live through timeless music of composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Paganini, Faure, Elgar, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, etc.
Does travel play in the writing of your books?
Whenever I travel, I try to recall/record whatever I can because you never know, my characters might show up in these locales as well. To that end, my first written (but unpublished) novel took my characters to Egypt, South Africa, Australia and other places I have visited/would love to visit.
Who are your books published with?
My novels are published by Dawn Treader Press, Redhaven Books and Howard Books/Simon & Schuster.
Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?
Yes, I do and I love hearing from them. They contact me mostly to tell me about their experience reading my books. The comments have ranged from blaming me for their neglecting their families, showing up late for work, and causing insomnia, to anger/love over my subject matter.
How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?
I don’t use a set formula. But I do start with what makes my character tick. Their backstory, the pain they carry, the hopes and dreams that drive them. And one thing I insist on is that by the end of the story, they have changed irrevocably.
Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.
As I mentioned before, I love hearing from my readers. In fact, I have a page on my website dedicated to memorable letters my fans have written and permitted me to publish. Here are a few of my favorites:
“I cried enough that I now have a wicked case of the hiccups. Thanks a lot!” –Kim L.
“I was so into this book that I think I starved my children until I finished.”—Amber D.
But this one was the one that made me feel like I was actually doing something worthwhile. It’s from my reader testimonials page:
“…Moments ago I finished reading Beyond Justice. I was moved to tears more than once. What an amazing and emotional novel. It is not often I am moved so profoundly. I have had a tumultuous relationship with God over the last 15 years and you, Joshua, have brought me back home. Thank you, sir.”—Kim L.
How can readers get in touch with you?
Please look me up via facebook, twitter, and by signing up for my official newsletter, in which every subscriber is automatically entered for occasional giveaways.
Please visit my author page on Amazon.com here: www.amazon.com/author/joshuagraham
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.”
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.
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.)
Publishers Weekly described BEYOND JUSTICE as: “A riveting legal thriller…breaking new ground with a vengeance…demonically entertaining and surprisingly inspiring.”
Joshua Graham 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 in Southern California. Several of Graham’s short fiction works have been published 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.
For Film Rights Josh is represented by UNITED TALENT AGENCY. Please use the CONTACT button on this website for all inquiries.
Joshua’s latest book is the paranormal suspense novel, Terminus.
Visit his website at www.joshua-graham.com.
How far must an angel fall to find his destiny?
Having witnessed one too many senseless deaths, Nikolai, a disillusioned Reaper 3rd Class, resigns his commission with the Angel Forces after a tedious century of gathering souls.
Immediately, another division recruits him with the promise of a more rewarding career, and issues his initial assignments: To bring down a few very dangerous threats to the human race. In the process, Nikolai falls in love with one of his targets—Hope Matheson, a woman who will lead thousands astray.
Caught between conflicting agendas, Nikolai chooses to “fall” from his celestial state and become mortal in order to circumvent angel law and be with her. But for angels and humans alike, things are not always as they appear. Still a target, the threat against Hope’s life intensifies.
Now, in order to save her, Nikolai must rally the last remnants of his failing supernatural abilities to prevent her assassination, as well as the destruction of an entire city by a nuclear terrorist strike.
But his time and power are running out…
Terminus is a perspective-altering saga that delves into ageless themes of redemption, destiny, and the eternal power of love.
Next Few Stops
Monday, April 15 – Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth
Tuesday, April 16 – Book Spotlight at The Write To Make a Living
Wednesday, April 17 – Book Spotlight at Authors & Readers Book Corner
Thursday, April 18 – Book Spotlight at Examiner
Monday, April 22 – Guest Blogging at Wanted Readers