**AUTHOR PEEK** Interview with JONI HAHN
Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc. Whatever you’d like to share to introduce yourself.
I’ve been married to my real-life superhero for… well, not long enough. We both grew up in San Antonio and as children, even went to the same church. But, we never met until the night we started dating.
I have two grown children that I adore, and I adopted a son-in-law last year whom I love like my own. I work fulltime in accounting/human resources and enjoy movies, reading, and going to concerts.
1. How did you get started writing?
Many years ago, my sister had a poem published. Shortly thereafter, my brother had a magazine article published. When that happened, it hit me: Hey, back in high school, I went to UIL regional competition in writing and I won a writing award in middle school. Maybe I have some writing talent in my genes.
One day, I received a community education newsletter from my local school district. I signed up for a beginner fiction-writing class. The instructor told me about RWA and I joined shortly thereafter.
That was a very long time ago, when my children were young. I’ve written off and on since, but became serious about publication in the last year or two.
2. What appeals to you about the genre that you write?
I’m a hopeless romantic. I think there is no greater feeling than falling in love. I want to create that exhilaration for readers through my stories.
3. What is your favorite part of writing?
Fast draft! It doesn’t have to be perfect at this point, just my creativity and imagination spewing out of me. Anything is possible – until my editor gets a hold of it.
4. If you had to give up writing and do something else, what would you do instead?
If I had the money, I’d like to start a huge animal shelter on a farm. I’d hire vets and staff to care for the animals. I’d want to be the biggest adoption center in the country.
BUT, since I don’t have the money for that, I’d probably just read the books that I wished I could write, and watch a lot of movies. I’d keep my same day job.
5. What’s your favorite meal of the day?
Breakfast. But my favorites are very fattening: Cinnamon rolls, French toast, tacos, etc.
6. Which are your favorite characters to write, the female characters or the male characters? The heroes and heroines, or the villains?
My male heroes by far. My stories always revolve around the heroes.
7. Are you an avid reader? When you do read someone else’s writing, what is your favorite genre?
I wish I was an avid reader. I just don’t have the time to be an avid reader. But, when I do, I read romance, of course. Any subgenre goes.
8. Many writers dream of having the ideal location to write. If you could live anywhere in the world or live a particular lifestyle, where would you be answering these questions right now?
A beach house on Trunk Bay, Virgin Islands. I could write outside on the deck or inside and stare out at the turquoise water. Sigh…
9. If you were a color, what color would you be and why?
Fuchsia. I’m very quiet and accommodating most of the time (pink), but wake me up too early or mess with my family and I’m hot.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
I plan to release Book 4 in The D.I.R.E. Agency Series in late March or early April. It’s the story of the agency’s next superhero, Riordan St. James, who is briefly introduced in Book 3.
Links to Joni’s website, blog, books, etc.
BE SURE TO COME BACK to read more about Joni and the fourth book in her D.I.R.E. Agency series, AGENT M4: RIORDAN, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Joni will give away an e-copy of AGENT M4: RIORDAN (upon release) to one lucky reader who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss this chance to read this story. Thanks, Joni, for sharing your story with us!