Jen: Please help me give a warm welcome to Joni Hahn, our guest today at Romancing the Book. Joni, will you share a short bio with us?
Joni: By day, Joni Hahn keeps her secret decoder ring hidden while she works as a mild-mannered HR manager and accounting generalist. She believes the world can never have too many superheroes, and anxiously waits for the call when one will need help saving the world… or getting into his costume. Joni was born with a hopelessly tender heart and believes there is nothing on earth more exhilarating than falling in love (Other than the rear shot of Chris Evans in The Avengers – that was pretty darn exhilarating). A native Texan, she thinks cowboys are the epitome of masculinity, and that country music is the other soul music.
Joni’s three-book sci fi romance series, The D.I.R.E. Agency, is available now. Flirting for Dimwits, Book 1 in her contemporary romantic comedy series, The Royal Texans, will be released in 2014.
Jen: Please tell us about your newest releases and where the idea came from.
Joni: On December 16th, I released the first three books in my sci fi romance series, The D.I.R.E. Agency.
Book 1 – Agent I1: Tristan
Book 2 – Agent E2: Aidan
Book 3 – Agent T3: d’Artagnan
The D.I.R.E. Agency is a private mercenary agency that installs scientific enhancements in its agents, making them superheroes. The idea came to me because I’m an avid fan of the Marvel and DC superhero movies. I’m also a long-time fan of Suzanne Brockmann’s Navy SEAL books. Put the two together and… tada!
Jen: Who has influenced you as a writer?
Joni: Suzanne Brockmann, Karen Marie Moning, and Julie Garwood are some of my favorite authors. Alicia Rasley has been instrumental in developing my writing craft.
Jen: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Joni: Plotter for sure. I usually lay out the story on a storyboard, then put together a more detailed outline in a Word table. Of course, I usually end up deviating from my initial plot, but I must have an idea of where I’m going. I’m also ADD so this keeps me focused.
Jen: How do you remember ideas that come to you at odd times?
Joni: Post-its! And my phone. I keep Post-its in my purse, my car, my desk, junk drawer at home, my office at work – everywhere! I’ve just started using my phone since I got a new 5s for Christmas. It’s come in handy a couple of times already.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Joni: I work fulltime in addition to writing so I don’t have much free time. But, when I do, I love reading or watching movies. I also enjoy going to concerts but don’t get to do that nearly as often as I’d like.
Jen: What’s been the highlight of your career to this point?
Joni: The reader response to my series. I love hearing from fans that tell me they stayed up all night reading my books. Hearing that makes all of the hard work worth it.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Joni: These first books in the series are a trilogy and do not stand alone, although each has its own romance storyline. I plan to release two more stand-alone books in the series – one in the spring, the other in the summer.