Author Interview with Joni Parker
I’m interviewing Joni Parker, author of fantasy “Noble Magic” today. Welcome to my blog, and thanks for answering my questions.
1. When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I didn’t know I wanted to be an author until late in life. For years, I struggled not knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up, but several years ago, I developed a character in my head and she brought with her a ton of stories. I had to write them down before I went crazy and began my journey as an author.
2. What inspired you to write this book?
My main character was tasked to save Eledon from destruction in book one of the series, “Spell Breaker,” but she didn’t have any idea how to do it. Four books later, she figured it out in “Noble Magic.”
3. Was writing book four different from writing book one, or any other book in your series, and in what way?
Book one started out with pretty clean slate. My main character was going to a new place with a lot of new characters. By the time book four came around, all the elements of the previous books had to come to some kind of conclusion while still sounding fresh. All of the books were challenging, but fun to write.
4. What is your editing process like?
I’ve been working with Teresa Kennedy, my editor, for over six years and we work online. It takes her 4-6 weeks to go over my manuscript and then she sends it back for corrections. After correcting it, I read it several times, both silently and out loud, taking another 4-6 weeks and send it back for another review. The process continues until we’re both satisfied.
5. Did you set any writing goals for 2017?
My goal in 2017 was to finish and publish “Noble Magic” as well as begin the editing process for my next book.
6. Will there be more books in this series?
Not in this one, but a new series will begin next year.
7. Are you working on something now?
Yes. My next book, “Curse of the Sea,” is now with my editor. It begins the next series, “The Admiralty Archives.”
About the Book
Title: Noble Magic: The Chronicles of Eledon Book Four
Author: Joni Parker
Lady Alexin (Alex) battles a band of mortal wizards known as the Octagon, discovers the mysteries of the five legendary diamond eggs, and finally comes into her true powers gifted to her by her conquests and the gifts of her Titan ancestors. Tasked with the seemingly impossible, Alex must find a way to restore the entry points to Seaward Isle or see its inhabitants face certain destruction as the grid holding Eledon together threatens to fall apart.
Joni currently lives in Tucson, Arizona, but she was born in Chicago, lived in Japan, graduated high school in Phoenix, and got married in New Jersey. Not only was she married to a career Navy sailor, but she also completed 22 years of active duty service herself. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, an MBA, and a Master of Military Arts and Sciences (MMAS) from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. After her husband passed away, she returned to the work in the Department of Homeland Security until she discovered her love of writing. She retired again and has written two series, “The Seaward Isle Saga,” a three-book series, and “The Chronicles of Eledon” with “Spell Breaker,” “The Blue Witch,” “Gossamer,” and “Noble Magic.”