What kind of research did you do for this book?
I went to the U.K. for a ten-day visit. My trip started in London and went to Portsmouth from there, then to Glastonbury, Edinburgh, Glasgow and back to London. It was great fun and very informative. In addition, I spent a lot of time researching the Internet for all kinds of subjects from the super moon to assault rifles. I also read a lot of books and watched TV and movies (anything British!).
Which character was your favorite to write?
My favorite character was Edgar Winters, my main character’s brother-in-law. He reminds me a lot of my husband, but he looks like Matthew McConaughey. How good is that?
To which character did you relate the most?
I actually relate to Detective Sergeant Pennington. She’s very serious and maybe, tries too hard to be perfect, like me. She gets flustered easily when things aren’t going her way.
What was one of your favorite scenes?
I have a lot of favorite scenes in this book. Here’s a short one from Chapter 17, Supermoon when my main character, Alex, is on the run from police with her friend, Jeffrey:
In a nearby field, the helicopter landed. Detective Inspector Tyler hopped out, followed by Detective Sergeant Smith. The two men jumped into a car with flashing blue lights. Jeffrey stared at the activity, counting the number of men. He glanced at Alex—she was also counting. “Thirty men on foot and two with dogs.” Alex took a deep breath. A line of military vehicles drove up and men in black uniforms ran out. “Look, Nana! It’s the SWAT team!” The boy pointed at the vehicle. He jumped up and down with excitement. “SWAT?” Alex didn’t like the sound of that word. “Well, it’s officially called the Specialist Firearms Command, the SCO nineteen, but I like SWAT better. It stands for Special Weapons Assault Team…I think,” the boy said. “You’ve been watching too many American shows on the telly. I’ve told your mother about that,” the woman said. But Alex confirmed the identification when she read the lettering on the vehicle, SCO19. She rubbed her cloak pin and closed her eyes to Elfspeak. “Lord Arethus, we’re here. We need the arch now.” “Lady Alexin, the Mentors are most excited. They’ve improved the entry--” “Not now, my lord. Tell me later. We really need to use it now. They’re coming.” In the pit below, a white arch glistened, filling the dark hole with light and a buzzing noise. She turned to the woman. “Thank you so much for your help, but we have to go.” She gave the woman her candle back. “Where?” The woman asked. “Are they looking for you? What’s that white arch?” “What’s that buzzing, Alex?” Jeffrey asked. “An improvement of some sort. Come on!” Alex slid down the side of the pit and scrambled toward the arch with Jeffrey next to her.
Will we see these characters again?
Most of the characters will be seen in the next two books to finish off the trilogy. Alex Dumwalt is the main character and she has been in every one of my books from the beginning.
Tell us about your other published works.
I’ve published two other series. The first one was called “The Seaward Isle Saga” and is composed of three novels, “The Black Elf of Seaward Isle,” “Tangled Omens,” “Blood Mission,” and a short story, ”The Island Game: The Inside Story of Seaward Isle.” The second series was called, “The Chronicles of Eledon” and features four books, “Spell Breaker,” “The Blue Witch,” “Gossamer,” and “Noble Magic.” In addition, I’ve published some short stories in a recent anthology, “Tucson and Beyond,” published by my local writing group.
What are you currently reading? Up next on your TBR?
I like to read a variety of genres. I just finished “Saturn Run” by John Sandford and Ctein, a science fiction novel and just started “The Skin Collector” by Jeffrey Deaver, a crime mystery.
When not writing, what can we find you doing?
I’ve retired from two jobs so I no longer need to work to keep a roof over my head. But I wake up early every morning and walk two miles (treadmill), swim for a half hour (my complex has a heated pool so I swim all year around), watch sports on TV, take in the local sights, and read. Writing and all that goes with it takes up most of my time, however.
Curse of the Sea
A NATO training exercise goes terribly wrong when five warships from different countries are mysteriously transported to Eledon, the Realm of the Elves. The warrior, Lady Alexin, is charged to escort the troops back home to London in the year 2031 with the aid of the Wizard Ecstasy and a magic shrinking potion. Yet, when the authorities question her story, Alex is detained and imprisoned under suspicion of terrorism. Caught in a web of politics, betrayal and bungling bureaucracy, the confusing world of the future will push her magical gifts to their limit, and her own future will hang in the balance, caught between “justice” and the place she calls home.
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About Joni Parker
Fantasy novels are Joni Parker’s writing passion. Thus far, she’s written two series—“The Seaward Isle Saga,” a trilogy, and “The Chronicles of Eledon,” the award-winning four-book series. Her latest project, “Curse of the Sea” is her eighth book and begins a new trilogy. Her work extends beyond novels into short stories with two appearing in an anthology, “Tucson and Beyond” by the Tucson Science Fiction Fantasy writers’ group. Joni’s retired from military and federal government service and devotes her time to writing. She currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.