Here on Diane Capri Reveals, we’ve featured some of the biggest names in our genre, including my friends and colleagues Lee Child, the father of Rambo, David Morrell, this year’s Mystery Writers of America Grand Master, Margaret Maron, my colleague at the Bar, Steve Berry, dynamite writing duos Maxine Paetro (and James Patterson), Grant Blackwood (and James Rollins), and more. You can check out those posts by clicking HERE.
Readers love to discover new books. You’ve clamored for new authors and new voices as well as more from the giants in the field. In response to your requests for worthy tales to fill your empty e-reader devices, today on Licensed to Thrill we’re pleased to feature my friend, Joshua Graham, an author you’re going to love.
Joshua Graham is the Winner of the International Book Award and Forward National Literature Award, #1 Bestselling author on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com. His thrillers include DARKROOM and BEYOND JUSTICE, and his latest novel TERMINUS. He writes thought-provoking page-turners. Exciting, right?
Joshua Graham is a hardworking and creative man. Like many authors, he’s enjoyed career success in other fields.
Diane Capri: How did you go from a couple of decades as a professional musician to working in IT to a writing career?
Joshua Graham: I began writing short fiction under a different name. Friends suggested I enter my stories into an anthology contest held by Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster. Lo and behold, my stories were selected for publication (three years in a row) and the editor invited me to attend his professional writers workshop.
Diane Capri: How exciting! And a little nerve-wracking, too, I’ll bet.
Joshua Graham: Right. At first, I questioned him about my being considered a professional writer, but he said, a major publisher just cut you a check for your writing–you’re a professional writer. That was good enough for me, so I accepted the invitation, and at the workshop decided that becoming a full time writer was the dream for which I wanted to strive.
Diane Capri: Given your talent for writing, Josh, that was obviously a great choice and we’re glad you did. So it was smooth sailing after that, yes?
Joshua Graham: Not exactly. About five years later in 2008 with the economy as it was, no one in their right mind would ever quit a steady corporate job with good pay and benefits. And while some might question the rightness of my mind, I didn’t quit. Rather, my entire department got outsourced to Bangalore, and I found myself unemployed.
Diane Capri: Yikes! While I’m sure that was not a high point in your life, many of us have been right there with you, Josh. So then what happened?
Joshua Graham: With much prayer and the encouragement from my lovely wife, I decided to use the time between searching and interviewing for other IT jobs writing and getting ready to publish my completed novels. When BEYOND JUSTICE first came out, no one knew who I was. But gradually, it started hitting #1 on various bestseller lists, first on Barnes & Noble, then on Amazon. A year later, Simon & Schuster offered me a contract for DARKROOM.
Diane Capri: Your books are well researched. Let’s say your publisher offered to fly you anywhere to research an upcoming book. Where would you choose to go?
Joshua Graham: I would definitely choose a European tour including Germany, England, France, and Italy. I’m a classically trained musician with a Masters Degree from Juilliard and a Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University, so naturally I’d want to visit the homes of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Paganini, Debussy, etc. But I’d want to go whether or not it was research for a book.
Diane Capri: Take me with you! While you’re there, you’ll be playing Texas Hold ’em and taking photographs, I’m guessing?
Joshua Graham: My poker skills are not bad, but I don’t play for money — too much stress! I’m not anywhere near a professional, but I enjoy making interesting pictures with whatever I have available—DSLR, point and shoot, or mobile phone camera. And yes, my interest in photography was a natural lead into writing DARKROOM.
Diane Capri: See? I’m a mystery/thriller writer and I figured that title was a clue. *laughs* Where can readers find you online?
Joshua Graham: It’s fun for me to talk to readers and I’m pretty easy to locate with a quick Google search. But here are my addresses:
Official Website: www.JoshGraham.net
Thank you, Joshua Graham, for talking with us today. If you have questions for Josh, post them in the comments below. And check out his books everywhere good reads are sold or click on the book titles or covers in this post and you’ll go straight to buy the books! You’ll be glad you did!