Asa Maria Bradley

About Asa

Asa-Maria-Bradley(For a more official–and shorter–biography written in third person, please see my press kit, which also includes high resolution images.)

I grew up in Sweden surrounded by archaeology and history steeped in Norse mythology, which inspired the immortal Vikings and Valkyries featured in my paranormal romances. My stories feature strong women and the men who are brave enough to love them.

After landing in Texas as a high school exchange student–where my obsession with ranch dressing and crime TV shows started–I stayed a bit longer than planned and finished college as well. Then followed an MS in Medical Physics from the University of Colorado. I spent several years in the high tech industry of the San Francisco Bay Area, and then moved north to the Pacific Northwest to teach physics. Although science dominated my career, I’ve been penning stories since I was a little kid and after a few years of lecturing from the podium of the classroom, I took a seat at a desk and completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University.

StickI now live on a lake deep in the pine forests of the Pacific Northwest and share my house with a British husband and a rescue dog of indeterminate breed. When I’m not writing or teaching, I like to read, hike, travel, or dive (preferably in warm waters with a minimized presence of poisonous or human-eating marine life).

Booklist has attributed my writing with “nonstop action, satisfying romantic encounters, and intriguing world building.” My debut book, Viking Warrior Rising, was a 2016 double RITA® finalist and my most recent release, Viking Warrior Rebel, received Top Pick! status by Romantic Times Magazine, which described the book as “filled with action and passion from the first page until the last.”

My überagent  Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency has had a staring role in my path toward publication. That crazy journey is chronicled, complete with animated gifs, in the blog post Getting a Yes after 47 No’s. And if you want to know how happy (and sappy) I was after the RITA announcements this year, check out From Slush Pile to Double RITA® Finalist!.

In addition to the musings I post here on my site, I also hang out at these collaborative blogs: See Jane Publish: Four Friends Embark on a Publishing Journey and Casablanca Authors: A gathering of Sourcebooks Casablanca authors. 

Writing is often though of as a solitary activity, but I have an inspiring support network through the Romance Writers of America, including the Kiss of Death Chapter, The Golden Network, and my amazing Golden Heart 2014 class, the Dreamweavers. I’m also lucky to have family and friends who are incredibly encouraging and supportive.

If you’d like to find out even more stuff about me, here’s a list of articles and features that have been written about me and/or my writing.

(For a more official biography written in third person, please see my press kit, which also includes high resolution images.)