Featured Interview With Author Joni Parker
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Chicago, Illinois, but my family moved to Japan when I was 8 so my dad could pursue his dream of becoming a professional golfer. We returned to the States four years later and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. I graduated from Camelback High School and went on to Arizona State University, but I dropped out and joined the U.S. Navy. I retired after 22 years of service, but went back to work after my husband passed away. After I retired once more, I moved to Tucson, Arizona where I live with my sister. I enjoy swimming and going to the movies.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I've been around books for most of my life; I just never realized I wanted to write one until I was much older. Now, I can't stop. I love writing fantasy novels and incorporating scifi, mystery, and thriller elements in each one.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I love the action in thriller novels, and one of my favorite authors is James Rollins. I also enjoy a good fantasy novel and Sarah J. Maas is my fave. Michael Collins writes some great police procedural novels, and I also love Louise Penny for a mystery.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
When I wrote this book, I was concerned about the age of my main character, Alex. As an Elf, she's still considered to be a child at twenty years old, but she no long fit into the mortal category of young adult. She has a job in the mortal world as a fashion model and loves it, but she's called home when the Elves need her to investigate a member of the Council of Elders. As her investigation proceeds, she uncovers a dastardly plot by the Star Elves, a rival clan, to steal the gold the Elves had saved for the Golden Harvest, a tribute to the Mentors, the Elf guides. Alex is the only one who can stop it, but how?
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