Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Latent Image: A Xandra Carrick Thriller by Joshua Graham Interview

About the Book:

Title: Latent Image: A Xandra Carrick Thriller
Author: Joshua Graham
Publisher: Redhaven Books
Pages: 437
Genre: Thriller
For fans of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Sandra Brown, David Baldacci, Brad Thor, and Nora Roberts.
New York Times bestselling author Joshua Graham returns with a new thriller, Latent Image: A Xandra Carrick Thriller.
At the height of President Jennifer Bradley’s inaugural parade, a bomb detonates, followed by shots from a sniper’s rifle. She survives despite the numerous casualties including the Chief White House photographer. The authorities apprehend the only surviving suspect, but before they can interrogate him, he dies mysteriously while recovering in the hospital.
In an effort to hunt down those responsible and prevent future assassination attempts, Special Agent Wade Masterson of the Secret Service recruits photojournalist Xandra Carrick for a dual-role position as the President’s Photographer and clandestine assistant operative.
Xandra’s uncanny gift of second-sight through the lens of a camera thrusts her straight into the center of a deadly terrorist plot that runs far deeper than anyone in the intelligence community ever imagined.
But she may already be too late.
In a tale of vengeance, honor and sacrifice, Xandra must draw upon all she has to stop an insidious plot which threatens to bring the country to its knees with a biological weapon that will decimate the nation’s population.

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Book Excerpt:
Neither of them was the target.

The sniper swung his scope back to the west, where the glare of the sun blinded him momentarily. He grunted, blinked and reestablished his view. The cold January wind bit at his bare fingers as he felt the trigger and anticipated the diversionary strike his partner would unleash half a block away.

Tuning out the trumpet strains of marching bands, the steady drum beats, and the crowd’s applause, he initiated a silent countdown just as Jennifer Bradley, the nation’s newly re-elected president strode past the designated spot.


About the Author
JOSHUA GRAHAM is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Beyond Justice, Terminus, and Darkroom, the winner of the International Book Award, Forward National Literature Award, USA Book News Best Books Award, and host of Thriller Radio. His 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.

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.
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Where are you from?
I’m a Southern Californian transplant. Born on the East Coast, I lived in New York for some thirty years before coming out here.

Tell us your latest news?

Latest news is that I have recently released a new thriller novel called LATENT IMAGE. It’s the third title in the Xandra Carrick series.

When and why did you begin writing?

Storytelling and writing have been a passion for me since grade school. But I never really imagined I’d do this professionally until the early 2000’s. I tried my hand at a short story anthology, sold a few stories, and then realized I had a passion for this.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After my first sale to the aforementioned fiction anthology contest. Getting that first royalty check was surreal. Someone was actually paying me to publish my writing? It was only a small amount of money, but the boost to my confidence was huge.

What inspired you to write your first book?
As with many of my books, real life situations, dilemmas, ethical/moral/spiritual questions seem to spawn book ideas. My first novel BEYOND JUSTICE was inspired by a sermon I heard in church about forgiveness. 

Do you have a specific writing style?

That’s tricky to describe, but I’d say my one rule of writing is: Never be boring. No matter if it’s an action scene, an internal monologue, a setting establishing scene, I must keep your turning the page, desperately needing to know what happens next.

How did you come up with the title?

The title for this book is LATENT IMAGE. A latent image is an invisible image produced by the exposure to light of a photosensitive material such as photographic film. When photographic film is developed, the area that was exposed darkens and forms a visible image.
My protagonist Xandra Carrick is an award-winning photojournalist who uses a vintage camera her father (also an award-winning photojournalist) passed down to her. She has the ability to see things clairvoyantly through the pictures she develops in the darkroom as the images are being developed. These visions unlock deadly secrets to mysteries and conspiracies which she is subsequently privy to, thanks to her abilities. In this series, Xandra sees many latent images, both physical, and clairvoyantly.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Not overtly. But I think readers will find a number messages that resonate, according to their individual backgrounds and dispositions. There are some pretty dark moments in my books, but I always try to bring a message of hope that shines through that darkness.

How much of the book is realistic?

I believe a good deal of it is, based on my research. But remember, it’s fiction. If you wanted absolute realism over good storytelling and drama, you’d probably want to read an academic journal, and would probably be shaking your head at any thriller book or movie. That said, my character is set in the White House as the chief photographer of the first female president of the United States.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Every author bases some degree of their fiction on people, places, events they know, or of their own lives. There are definitely some in all my books. How much? I think that’s best left to the reader’s imagination.

What books have most influenced your life most?

The Bible, Honor’s Reward by John Bevere, STORY by Robert McKee, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

C.S. Lewis, Dean Koontz, Sol Stein, Robert McKee

What book are you reading now?

Glory Days, by Max Lucado

What are your current projects?

I’m completing a series called The Führer’s Daughter, which I am co-writing with Jack Patterson. I’ll be working on a non-fiction project in early 2016, as well as continuing the Xandra Carrick series.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members?

My church. Of course, I have other great friends there and elsewhere who support me in every way. Without them all, I don’t think I could have made it this far.

What would you like my readers to know?
I see the purpose of my books as two-fold: To entertain, and to inspire. If I can provide some hours of escape from the realities of life in which you can experience an adventure without getting out of your chair, and if I can cause you to think about issues in life in a new way that ultimately edifies, and brings you hope, then I will have done my job as a writer. I hope you’ll find that in my books.
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