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 sexy modern-day Vikings and Valkyries featured in my paranormal Viking Warriors series. I also write the Rowan Sisters urban fantasy series with author Sara Humphreys. All my stories feature independent women and the alpha heroes who are strong 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.

I live on a lake deep in the pine forests of the Pacific Northwest with my British husband and when I’m not writing or teaching, I like to read, hike, travel, or dive (preferably in warm waters with a minimal presence of poisonous and carnivorous marine life).

Booklist attributs my writing with “nonstop action, satisfying romantic encounters, and intriguing world building” and and Romantic Times Book Reviews describes it as “filled with action and passion from the first page until the last.” In addition, my work has received many accolades, including a double nomination for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA contest, a Romantic Times Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award nomination, a Holt Medallion win, and a Booksellers’ Best Award win.

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 being named a RITA finalist, check out From Slush Pile to Double RITA® Finalist!.

If that is not enough and 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.)