About "The Legionnaire: Origins:
When I wrote “The Legionnaire: Mask of the Pharaoh”, many readers wanted to know more about the shadowy past of Stephen Anderson. I had alluded to his time in the French Foreign Legion, and people wanted to know more. (read more)
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “The Legionnaire: Origins”?
SJ Parkinson: I visited Egypt in 2006 on vacation and got to see King Tut’s gold burial mask in person. It’s an amazing piece of history. Later, I read about the Gardner Museum theft. The two items coalesced into the backdrop for The Legionnaire trilogy. When I tried to develop a protagonist, I wanted him to have a military background. (read more)
JP: What sets “The Legionnaire: Origins” apart from other books in the same genre?
SJP: When I write a book, at least a quarter of that time is dedicated to research. Even though “The Legionnaire: Origins” is a fictional novel, I still want it to be anchored firmly in reality. I’ve had many readers comment about the accuracy of my descriptions of places and buildings in my novels. (read more)
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to “The Legionnaire: Origins” getting out to the public?
SJP: As mentioned previously, in-depth research is the cornerstone of my novels. I also employ multiple Alpha readers, professional editors, and proofreaders. My cover art is done by imaginative graphic artists while the e-books and paperbacks are formatted by another company. (read more)
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish “The Legionnaire: Origins”?
SJP: The first thing I do is write a point form draft of the overall plot. This is roughly two pages of single sentence bullet points describing key moments. (read more)
JP: What’s next for SJ Parkinson?
SJP: Now that The Legionnaire trilogy is done, I’ve begun writing a new science fiction novel which I hope to get out by Christmas. Once that is complete, I suspect I’ll be coming back to The Legionnaire series with book four. I have a dozen more books ready to go in my mind. I just need to find the time to sit down and get them on paper. (read more)
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