Tuesday, 11 August 2020

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Interview: James R. Hannibal

James R. HannibalAs a former tactical deception officer and stealth pilot, you have experienced your share of danger and intrigue.  How does your past experience affect your books? 

In thrillerwriting, a classified past is both a blessing and a curse. I’ve hadamazing experiences I’m never allowed to speak of in public, and those hidden experiences meant my first three novels had to pass through multiple program security offices before publishers could ever see them.However, even though I can’t talk about my real experiences, I can draw from them as I write, giving me an edge. Research is a little easier too. Any writer can find the information I put into my stories, but it will be a difficult hunt. I have the unfair advantage of knowing which rocks to overturn.

Can you provide a brief description of your new book, Chasing the White Lion

CIA rookieTalia Inger returns to infiltrate the world’s first crowdsourced crime syndicate, known as the Jungle. But venturing into the Jungle with Tyler and Talia’s grifter friend Valkyrie means venturing into a past she’s been trying to avoid. The truth about her father may reveal enemies close to home. Also, the deeper she goes into the Jungle’s darkness, the more the lines between right and wrong blur. Talia must learn to trust God and her team, and she must help Valkyriesee that even in the darkest shadows, no one is beyond the saving love of Christ.

In Chasing the White Lion, you take readers deep undercover into the criminal underworld where the main heroine,Talia, hopes to rescue kidnapped refugee children from a human trafficking network. How did you come up with the plot for your book? 

Compassion International’s mission of empowering impoverished childreninspires me. Compassion gives children hope, dignity, and identity. These are in short supply in borderrefugee camps where neither nation wants to recognize a child’s existence. That lack of identity makes these children prime targets for criminal enterprises. I wanted to bring this to light and bring to light the power of Compassion’s work. By extension, every sponsor is as much a hero as Talia. In essence, the crime syndicate in my story will learn that they messed with wrong kids.

Talia is not only a CIA officer, but she is also in charge of an elite team of thieves. What type of research was required to accurately portray her role?

Thieves and magic go hand in hand. I am bound by a nondisclosure, but I can say that my research on this story led me to an opportunity for remote study with a pair of the most famous magicians in the world. What I learned about deception and misdirection became key pieces of the adventure.

What do you hope readers will gain from reading Chasing the White Lion?

My ultimate hope is that readers will see the power of child sponsorship and choose to become heroes themselves through Compassion International or some other child sponsorship program. Beyond this, I hope that Talia and Valkyrie will help readers see that we can trust in God for all things—anytime, anywhere—and that no one is beyond the saving love of Christ. He is reaching out. Simply take his hand.

Who is the target audience for your book? 

The target audience for this story is adult thriller-lovers, leaning toward new adult. The story focuses primarily on characters in the millennial age range, Chasing the White Lion Cover and I hope their battles, frustrations, and triumphs will connect with millennial readers.

What are you working on next?

The story I’m working on now is a spy-left-out-in-the-cold story loosely related to biblical story of Job. I am incredibly excited about this story and the message it holds.

How can readers connect with you? 

Readers can connect with me best through the contact page at jamesrhannibal.com and by signing up for my newsletter. They can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter.

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