by Leslie Jones
I’m thrilled to be able to introduce our newest Muse, Anne A. Wilson!
Hi, Anne, and welcome! Thank you for letting me interview you today.
A: My pleasure!
L: Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
A: I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. I graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and served nine years active duty as a navy helicopter pilot. After a dream year living in France, I worked for Intel Corporation as an operations manager in a semiconductor fabrication facility (clean room, bunny suit, the whole thing). Currently, my husband and I run Camelback Coaching, a triathlon coaching company; I specialize in teaching adults how to swim.
L: What prompted you to write fiction?
A: Never in a million years did I think I would write a novel. I left college with an engineering degree – nary a humanities elective in sight! Six years ago, I had just finished reading a book and was contemplating what to read next. I went out for a run, and by the end, I had the premise for a story. I wrote the first chapter as soon as I got home. It unlocked a passion for writing that I never knew I had.
L: Are there any writers in particular who’ve inspired you?
A: I’m inspired in some way by practically every author I read. Stephen King is one of the masters, though, in terms of craft. I think The Green Mile should be required reading for every writer.
L: Do you use your military experience in your novels?
A: I had actually never planned to write about the military! I wrote four books before my debut novel Hover. Three were epic fantasy and one was a medical thriller. Hover was the first book I tried to get published, and I wrote it because I thought it might stand out as something unique for editors and agents. So for Hover, yes, I definitely used my military experience. The protagonist is—surprise!—a navy helicopter pilot and the story is set in a U. S. Navy battle group.
L: So tell us a little about your latest project.
A: My second book, Clear To Lift, will release in July 2016. It’s about a search and rescue helicopter pilot who’s too rule-bound and out of touch with her true self. The story is set in the Sierra Nevada of California near Lake Tahoe. I flew search and rescue there during my time in the navy, and we specialized in high altitude technical mountain rescue, so that’s what you’ll see in the book, along with a nice love story, of course.
Anne, thank you so much for allowing me to be the one to introduce you to our readers! We’re so glad to have you as a Desert Muse.
Learn more about Anne at www.anneawilson.com.
Leslie Jones has been an IT geek, a graphics designer, and an Army intelligence officer. She’s lived in Alaska, Korea, Belgium, Germany, and other exotic locations (including New Jersey). She is a wife, mother, and full-time writer, and splits her time between Scottsdale, Arizona and Cincinnati, Ohio. Her books can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and HarperCollins Publishers.