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Where does Anne Elizabeth Get Her Inspiration?

With over two decades of experience, Navy SEAL Leaper Lefton is bringing his expertise to young and impressionable SEAL trainees in BUD/s. As an instructor, he knows he must prepare them for all kinds of situations—and there’s a perfect opportunity for hands-on training when he spots a woman in danger in rough water. Kerry Hamilton, a marine mammal veterinarian for the U.S. Navy is beyond grateful when Leaper saves her from the rough seas, and their attraction is instant. But after everything Leaper has been through, can he truly love again? And is Kerry willing to give him the chance?

Adventures from my real life that have inspired my books…

As most of my fans know, my husband is retired from SEAL Team and we live a rather active lifestyle. Our home is located in the mountains above San Diego, though we also spend time down at the beach in Coronado. We enjoy mountain biking, flying, kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling, swimming, and a variety of outdoor sports. Also, we are avid readers and devour biographies, how-to manuals, books on philosophy and the mind/body connection.

Together, we have explored kelp beds as we snorkeled in the Pacific ocean, have seen hammerheads and nurse sharks up close. I’ve gotten caught in strong currents and learned how to handle it, and developed a distinct sense of humor about the fact that I lack the ability to master balancing on a paddleboard.

I’ve fired all type of weaponry and learned how to use a knife somewhat effectively. Jumping from an airplane and experiencing the most intense silence, or lack of sound, during my tandem jump will always be a highlight and memorable moment. Also, learning that my parents want a ‘Don’t Tell Me You’re About To Do Something Dangerous’ Policy because otherwise they totally freak out is great information and makes me laugh.

Lastly, realizing that it doesn’t matter what I do or how I do it, if I’m having the experience with my husband than it’s worth the time, trouble, and preparation is precious. He’s my favorite companion, an extremely patient teacher, and a very compassionate soul. Every hero I write has some of his extraordinary attributes and he will always be the warrior of heart.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done with your mate or a good friend? Why is this your favorite memory? What makes it special?


New York Times bestselling author Anne Elizabeth is an award-winning romance author and a popular comic creator. With a BS in business and MS in communications from Boston University, she is a regular presenter at conventions as well as a member of the Author’s Guild, Horror Writers Association, and Romance Writers of America. Anne lives with her husband, a retired Navy SEAL, in the mountains above San Diego.

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