Friday, November 8, 2013

ANNE ELIZABETH ON ROMANCE, COMICS, AND HEROES




My guest is romance author, Anne Elizabeth. Anne, welcome to Over Coffee! 

You write both for adults, such as the sexy action packed story, Once A Seal, and for teens. I found it interesting that you also write graphic novels. 


How did your Pulse of Power comic world come to be?

  • It was created when I was in high school. I wrote several short stories as part of an assignment and [the stories] continued to grow through college and graduate school. Now the series is blooming with the main storyline and off-shoot journeys.
How has being published changed your life? In what ways?
  • Being published has changed my life in many ways. I find myself walking around with a constant writing track in my head. It was happening before my books were released, but now there is direction and purpose and the words come faster. I also find I need to be attentive to how I write and what I’m working on. It’s hard to dial-out when the day is done, but it’s important to me to be present in my marriage and personal life. No wants a mate or friend that’s only half-there. Being whole is monumentally important.
What’s a hobby you enjoy?
  • I hike, mountain bike, kayak, swim, volunteer for the California Parks, and do a multitude of outdoor sports. It’s fun to get my inner-athlete excited and I like to bring that love to sports and activities into my writing.
Does a hobby play into your writing?
  • My hero and heroine are into the outdoors. They are engaged in their environment, which is also very typical of individuals living in Southern California. People spend a lot of time outdoors.
What temptation do you wish you could resist?

  • Chocolate. I cannot decide if it’s evil or angelic.

Who is your real life hero and why?

  • My real-life hero is my husband. He’s a retired Navy SEAL who continues to contribute to the community and teaches what he’s learned to others. His humbleness and thoughtfulness are two attributes that awe me, and that true kindness inspires me to face each day with joy in my heart.
What’s the last thing that made you laugh?
  • I just watched an episode of The Neighbors. The Weavers were a BLT sandwich (Seriously, they were dressed as parts of a sandwich) and that image is seared into my brain. Anything that has aliens and/or humor is something I’m going to watch, read or collect.
What’s the last time you stopped and reflected and realized you’re happy just where you are?

  • I like to hike. Oftentimes, I will sit and meditate or commune with the world around me. It was during one of these experiences I realized how blessed and grateful I am. 
If they made a movie of your life, what would it look like? What genre would it be? 

  • If a movie could be made out of my life, I’d like to be animated. My characters from my PULSE OF POWER comic book world would be there and they’d be participating as well as narrating it. Everyone would concentrate on having fun and the only hard moments would be teachable moments and they would resonate with the audience. The ending would be a happily-ever-after and it would bring peace everywhere, national fiscal solutions, and solve world-hunger, too. Hey...a writer can dream. :)
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why there?
  • In Hawaii. My husband and I feel very connected to Oahu. The sand, the surf, the rhythm...it’s very peaceful.

                                                                                                                                                     


ONCE A SEAL
A Hero of Her Own
What woman hasn't dreamed of what it would be like to marry a Navy SEAL? Dan McCullum is everything Aria has ever imagined—sweet, strong, and sexy as hell. She just never expected how tough the SEAL life would be. Dan could be gone at a moment's notice and not allowed to tell her where he's going or when he'll be back.
Dan has never backed down from a challenge in his life. But this one is his hardest yet. How does he balance his duty to his country with a soul-deep love for Aria? It's going to require patience, ingenuity, and some of the hottest homecomings he can dream up. Because for him, this isn't a fling: this is forever...

EXCERPT (Chapter 1 Sourcebooks)
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Anne Elizabeth is an award winning romance author, the creator of the teen PULSE OF POWER comic book series, and the Columnist on Comics, Manga, and Graphics Novels for RT BOOK REVIEWS magazine. With a BS in Business and MS in Communications from Boston University, she is a regular presenter at the RT Book Lovers Convention as well as a member of the Authors Guild and Romance Writers of America. Her published credits include stories with Atria/Simon & Schuster, Highland Press, Dynamite Entertainment, Sea Lion Books, Bravo Zulu Studios, LLC, and Sourcebooks, Inc. She grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, and now lives in the mountains above San Diego with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL. In her free time, she is also a serious Amelia Earhart who is always on the hunt for a new adventure. Catch AE on the Web at AnneElizabeth.net.

9 comments:

Jo said...

Sounds like a good book, and you are certainly an active person Elizabeth.

Sia, I tagged you for a Sweetest Blogger award yesterday. Don't know if you saw it.

Jo said...

Sorry Anne, realised I had used the wrong name.

Dani Harper said...

Hi Anne - Your book description really captured my attention. And how cool that you have a real life Seal of your own!

You mentioned something that I struggle with, which is being present in the moment. It's tough when story stuff is always swirling in your head. Any advice on what works for you?

Crystal Collier said...

This book sounds great! And I hear you on Hawaii...except I might have to wait until I have billions and own a private jet. I mean, the wanderlust has to be satisfied somehow. =)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I imagine her husband was a big inspiration for the book!

Anne said...

Hi, Jo. Thanks for the comments. Hooyah! AE

Hi, Dani. It took me years to figure out how to present. Ultimately, it came down to a choice--be present or stay in my own head. In order to present, I used a variety of methods including saying aloud, "I'm in the moment," and then forcing myself to truly observe every form of stimuli such as color, smells, sounds, taste, and touch. After a few times, this method became reflex. Hope this helps. Hugs, AE

Hi, Crystal, I hear you! It took us ages to save up for it, but Hawaii was worth it. There is something unique about these islands, and romantic, too. :) AE

Hi, Alex, Absolutely! My husband inspires me every day. He's a ball of energy, too. He is truly The Love of My Life! AE

klahanie said...

Hi Sia,

I really like your refreshing angle on interviews.

A book about a Navy Seal, seals the deal with me.

Hawaii? Not bad, thanks :)

Thanks for this. Time for some Tim Horton's coffee.

A good weekend to you.

Gary

Mason Canyon said...

Anne, your book sounds intriguing and it's always fun learning more about an author's likes and dislikes.

Sia, thanks for the introduction to this multitalented author.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Deborah DeVane said...

Anne Elizabeth is my favorite author. I've followed her previous romance, her new awesome teen oriented PULSE OF POWER graphic novels and now her US Navy SEAL military romance series. I can always count on her for a solid, warm and wonderful story with characters I come to love and plenty of spice and heat along with the sweet. If you're looking for something yummy to cuddle up with on a cold winter's night.... grab an Anne Elizabeth book.