Joni Parker was born in Chicago, Illinois, but moved to Japan with her family so her father could pursue his dream of becoming a professional golfer. After her dad achieved his dream, the family returned to the U.S., settling in Phoenix, Arizona. Joni graduated from Camelback High School and attended Arizona State University until she dropped out and joined the Navy. She completed a three-year tour of duty at Naval Air Station, Lakehurst, New Jersey and got married to the love of her life. She followed her husband’s Naval career and returned to college finishing with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and an MBA. Once her husband retired from the Navy, she went back in the Navy as a commissioned officer and completed 22 years of total active duty. While in the service, she also earned a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. In 2001, her husband passed away and Joni went back to work for the federal government until she retired for a second time to devote her time to writing.
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