The Desert Muses Welcome Anne A. Wilson

Picture of Anne A. Wilsonby 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

You can find Hover at Amazon or B&N.


Leslie's HeadshotLeslie 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.


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