Anna del Mar writes hot, smart romances that soothe the soul, challenge the mind, and satisfy the heart. Her stories focus on strong heroines struggling to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy, kickass, military heroes who defy the limits of their broken bodies to protect the women they love. She is the author of The Asset (Carina Press), the first novel of her Wounded Warrior series and three other novels scheduled for release during 2016.
A Georgetown University graduate, Anna enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and the sea. Writing is her addiction, her drug of choice, and what she wants to do all the time. The extraordinary men and women she met during her years as a Navy wife inspire the fabulous heroes and heroines at the center of her stories. When she stays put—which doesn’t happen very often—she lives in Florida with her indulgent husband and two very opinionated cats.
Mayra Calvani: Please tell us about The Asset, and what compelled you to write it.
Anna del Mar: Hello Mayra and a warm greeting to all your readers here at The Examiner. I’m so excited about The Asset, the first book of my Wounded Warrior series, a collection of romances published by Carina Press. The series features strong, self-reliant heroines struggling with their demons to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy military heroes who challenge their limits to protect the women they love.
M.C.: What is your book about?
A.d.M: The Asset is a hot, gritty contemporary romance about a woman, fleeing from her sinister past, who must defy her fears and risk her life to care for a wounded warrior, a SEAL who will protect her until his last breath.
The story begins with Lia Stuart, a woman who lives in terror. She’s on the run, fleeing from a sinister past, hiding in a small Rocky Mountain town, surviving, but only barely. Her luck might be over when a stranger shows up at her door. Staring down the barrel of her shotgun, her finger twitches on the trigger. No way. She’s not going back. She won’t be taken alive.
The stranger at her door is Ash Hunter. He’s also on the run, from his superiors, but worse, from his uncertain future. A SEAL wounded in Afghanistan, he bolts from an extended stay at the hospital, without permission. Along with his trained service dog and still suffering from a crippling infection and severe PTSD, Ash is drawn to the isolated lakeside cottage where he confronts Lia’s shotgun and the limits of his broken body.
When Ash collapses in her kitchen, Lia defies her fears and risks her life to care for the wounded warrior who has disrupted her carefully orchestrated farce of a life. But Ash soon realizes that he’s not the only one suffering from PTSD. He teaches Lia that weakness can transform into strength, fleeing doesn’t lead to freedom, and caring is a mutual endeavour. Together, Ash and Lia must defeat the ruthless drug lord that threatens to destroy their lives as they struggle to heal, not only Ash’s broken body but Lia’s shattered soul.
M.C.: What themes do you explore in The Asset?
A.d.M: Healing is a big one, and more specifically love’s extraordinary healing power, our ability to heal each other through love and yes, even sex as an intimate way of connecting and expressing affection. Redemption is the other big one. We all fail, but we are also resilient beings. In the end this novel is about survival, resilience and hope, about how two people can rebuild their futures together and bring joy to their lives.
M.C.: Why do you write?
A.d.M: Because I can’t stop! I love writing. I find tremendous joy in telling these stories and readers tell me that, by the end of the story, the joy comes through to them.
M.C.: When do you feel the most creative?
A.d.M: Usually at night, when the house is quiet and I can hear myself thinking.
M.C.: How picky are you with language?
A.d.M: I can be very picky, because I want language that works, feels real, simple, straightforward but also telling. In the end, it’s all about telling the story to the reader.
M.C.: When you write, do you sometimes feel as though you were being manipulated from afar?
A.d.M: I feel like the characters are in charge and the story is just pouring out.
M.C.: What is your worst time as a writer?
A.d.M: When I can’t write.
M.C.: Your best?
A.d.M: When I can write freely and without concerns.
M.C.: Is there anything that would stop you from writing?
A.d.M: Death, maybe? I’m laughing over here, but I totally mean it!
M.C.: What’s the happiest moment you’ve lived as an author?
A.d.M: It was pretty sweet when I got word Carina Press was going to buy four novels from me. That was sort of epic and very special. Seeing the cover of The Asset for the first time was also pretty neat. Finishing a novel, typing The End, that’s always a moment of triumph.
M.C.: Is writing an obsession to you?
A.d.M: Absolutely. I think the word obsession is the perfect descriptor for how I feel about what I do every day.
M.C.: Are the stories you create connected with you in some way?
A.d.M: Yes, I think that’s true for all writers. Don’t you think? We incorporate our nature and experiences into everything we do. In my case, I had the opportunity to meet some incredible people when my husband was in the Navy. The extraordinary men and women I met while I was part of the military community inspire the heroes and heroines in my stories.
M.C.: Ray Bradbury once said, “You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.” Do you agree?
A.d.M: I do, because an author has to stay deeply connected to her writing in order to be able to pull together a good story and reality has an annoying way of interrupting fiction.
M.C.: Do you have a website or blog where readers can find out more about you and your work?
A.d.M: My website is Annadelmar.com. I’d love to hear from your readers. I can also be found in these places:
Anna on Facebook
Anna on Twitter
And if you’d like to check out The Asset, stop by and take a look at the first chapter, posted for your pleasure on my website.