Writing fantasy novels is what Joni Parker loves to do. She’s just completed her third series, “The Admiralty Archives,” a trilogy. Her first series, “The Seaward Isle Saga,” includes three books and a short story, while her second, “The Chronicles of Eledon,” has four books. An award-winning novelist, she’s also branched off into short stories, joining local authors in an anthology called, “Beyond Tucson: Adventures in the Multiverse.” Her writing career began after 22 years in the U.S. Navy and another 7 years in federal civil service. She currently resides in Tucson, Arizona with her sister.
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Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?
Call From Home is the third book in the Admiralty Archives series. My main character, Alex, who hails from Eledon, the Elf world, has been living in exile in London for last two years and doesn’t know when she’ll be allowed to go home. Reminders of home begin to show up with more regularity and she feels a yearning to return. She resists the urge and remains until the signs point to danger.
Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way?
I’ve been working with a small indie press, Village Green Press LLC for almost ten years. The process began when I was looking for an editor and I found Teresa Kennedy. She was just setting up her business as both an editor and publisher at the time. She has over 30 years of experience in the publishing business and has written 25 books.
How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later?
The title didn’t come to me right away. The working title for it was the Governor’s Chain but I didn’t think that was broad enough to cover everything that happens in the book. It’s only the initial catalyst. Call From Home encompasses the theme of the book and expresses Alex’s desire to go home.
Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like?
I didn’t have any idea what to do for the cover. My publisher and cover designer didn’t either. We had a hard time with this one. I didn’t like the initial ones because it didn’t relate to the covers of the previous two books. We finally agreed on this one because it’s like Alex is being haunted by her own life.
Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her?
My cover designer is Andrew Early and he’s married to Teresa Kennedy, my publisher/editor.
How was your experience working with the designer?
Great! He’s very easy to work with. And patient.
What has been the readers’ response to your cover?
Thus far, it’s been positive.
What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a cover designer?
Give the designer an idea of what you’re looking for.
Anything else you’d like to say about your book?
The series began after I started asking myself a series of questions. What if Alex was struck in the mortal world (Earth)? How would she react? Where would she be? (Since she was part Elf, it had to be London.) What would she do? How would she survive? When would she be allowed to return home? It took me three books to answer all these questions and I kept coming up with more.
If home is where the heart is, the warrior Lady Alexin is very far from home, indeed. Banished from her home in the Elven realm of Eledon to the mortal world of near future London, and robbed of her magic, she has no choice but to try and find a place in a world where she doesn’t fit in. Yet for all their peculiarities, the mortals have not been unkind; she has a new career as a high fashion runway model, her very own flat in a posh section of town and a host of opportunities to socialize with a variety of admirers, including a handsome Detective Inspector from Scotland Yard.
Yet nothing but her former training as a tracker and assassin could have prepared her for the discovery that beautiful young Elven women are being kidnapped and trafficked as slaves into the mortal world by the notorious Rock Elves, working with the white supremacist 23rd Infantry–an unholy alliance led by Alex’s old nemesis, Sawgrass. As the truth unravels her mission is clear–a call from home she cannot allow to go unanswered, even if it means her life.