OKTOBERFEST WOMAN OF THE YEAR NOMINEE 2011, EPIC AWARD FINALIST 2010 and GLOBAL EBOOK NOMINEE 2014.
ANASTASIA AMOR, a university psychology and education graduate, believes in balance. A proud mother of two, pet-mom and teacher, Amor speaks German and is learning Spanish. Art and writing are her passions but she loves to dance and is a known chocoholic. Her research of Mayan ruins and Cozumel cultural experiences inspired the popular Adie Sturm Mystery Series. As a martial artist she puts realism into Adie Sturm’s fight scenarios. For research in Dead Delicious she learned to scuba dive. Her Canadian heroines are intelligent and fearless as well as sensual. Amor writes fantasy-paranormal, mystery and erotic romance. She is a three time nominated author.
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ADIE STURM MYSTERY SERIES ! 4 books, all action-packed and sizzling hot….Epic Nominee The Curse of the Carnaval and Dead Delicious, Global Nominee are available on Amazon , Barnes & Noble, Smashwords in print/ e-format.
New editions/uncut versions : A CORPSE FOR COZUMEL, DAYS OF THE DEAD, THE CURSE OF THE CARNAVAL EPIC AWARD Nominee. Spunky Canadian Adie Sturm returns for more murder and men... Cozumel will NEVER be the same.
EXPLORING IRRESISTIBLE: erotic…hotter than an erupting volcano HOT WITH A PLOT!
COVER ART: If you like stand-out design and need a graphic artist for your book Anastasia will make it happen. $100 + copyright free pictures for a basic cover design jpeg. More for number of layers and time taken. Pay Pal. Line editing is a service also provided at $1.00 a page by an excellent editor-the best one I’ve had! Pay Pal Payment.
Supernatural/Time Travel/Fantasy Romance HAVANA HEAT is the first of the NEW Sommerville Suspense Series set in modern day Cuba. A revolutionary past life, Santeria Magic and far-out fantasy combine with a romance that will curl your toes. The next book, set in New Orleans combines Voodoo, psychic characters and history. BOURBON STREET BURN is here in print/e-format at Amazon.
Anastasia Amor has been interviewed by THE RECORD, THE WATERLOO CHRONICLE, COZUMEL INSIDER, J. L. WALTERS , NIGHT OWL ROMANCE, AND LATE NIGHTS WITH CISCO (Radio). She was also a guest on “What’s Your Point” CTV with host Brent Hanson. If you would like an interview contact her at : Anastasia.Amor@hotmail.com
“Amor has indeed travelled to Mexico many times over the past decade, and on each trip has stockpiled information about local history, customs and mythology to be revisited in her works of fiction…The martial arts scenes in which Adie Sturm thwarts attackers by karate-chopping vulnerable pressure points, are based on Amor’s real live training…Like the characters she has created, Anastasia Amor is woman with an appetite for adventure, a taste for travel and an eye for a well-put-together beau. ‘A lot of characters are based on myself or parts of myself,’ she says, ‘Adie is fearless, intelligent and resourceful…but she is also flawed and imperfect.’” Colin Hunter THE RECORD
Interview by J. L. Walters: April 14, 2011
Today’s interview is with Anastasia Amor. Quite a romantic name. She’s another author I met at EPICon and enjoyed time chatting with her there. We share an interest in Astrology.I enjoyed learning this since often my characters are developed by using Astrology and The Warrior of Bast has some of its roots in that subject.
1.What’s your genre or do you write in more than one?
Hi Janet and Readers. I’m Anastasia Amor. It’s a pleasure to be here to talk about my novels. My interests are diverse. Right now I’m writing the fourth Adie Sturm Mystery-Romance. Earlier this year, I completed a Paranormal-Fantasy Romance and I’m also the author of an Erotic Romance. Website: www.AnastasiaAmor.com for FOUR STAR reviews, Nominations, readers’ comments, news and buy sites.
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2. Did you choose your genre or did it choose you?
I grew up influenced by powerful women in literature and films. Nancy Drew, Honey West and Emma Peel sparked my imagination. Yet Adie Sturm is different–a modern heroine. Intelligent and tough, with a brown belt in karate, she is very aware of her sensuous side. Creamy-rich, sinfully delicious men like chocolate vie for her attention when she tears herself away from investigating. And let’s not forget the setting… the icing on the cake. After years of exploring Mayan ruins, researching the culture, and indulging in delicious food drowned in chocolate sauce, I was inspired by the sandy white beaches, and clear blue Caribbean waters. Murder and sex mingle with mystery as Adie leaves the chilly winds of Canada for the sizzling heat of Cozumel.
3. Is there any genre you’d like to try? Or is there one you wouldn’t?
A paranormal-fantasy-romance set in Havana was my latest novel. The magic of Santeria, a past life in revolutionary Bolivia, and a steamy romance with a present-day doctor combine with fantasy for the start of a new series. A travel bug has led me to ancient ruins in Europe and North America. A future genre might be a historical-romance.
4. What fiction do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy suspense and mystery. Another interest is the paranormal. Esp, astrology and spirits have always been particularly intriguing for me. I tend to read both fiction and non-fiction in both these areas.
5. Tell me a bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing.
I have psychology and education degrees from University of Western Ontario and Wilfrid Laurier University. The itch to write came early but was put aside with raising my children and teaching. Painting, travel and karate expanded my horizons further. In 2006, I realized my goal. The first Adie Sturm Mystery was published two years later. My books are available at Amazon, in print and e-format.www.Amazon.com
6. Which of your characters is your favorite?
What woman wouldn’t want to be Adie Sturm? As an expert in karate and weaponry, she overcomes dangerous opponents but only if necessary. She’s a woman with heart. Although there are two powerful men eager to help, Adie is way too self reliant to depend on the alpha males to come to the rescue.
7. Are there villains in your books and how were they created?
Newspaper articles and my own life give me plenty of ideas. A police detective friend has been extremely helpful in creating the MO of some of the killers. The other villains in the mystery, erotic or paranormal novels are either male or female rivals eager to cause chaos and conflict. Reality is stranger than fiction when it comes to encountering odd characters for my novels.
8. What are you working on now?
I am writing the fourth Adie Sturm Mystery set in, where else, Canada and Cozumel. The island is known as the biggest dive centre in the world, perfect for a dive-murder mystery.
9. What’s your latest release and how did the idea arrive?
A holiday in Puerto Rico inspired the erotic romance, EXPLORING IRRESISTIBLE (2009). It was basically a romance gone wrong.
10. Tell me about your latest book and how it came about. Enclose the opening of the book around 400 words.
THE CURSE OF THE CARNAVAL: AN ADIE STURM MYSTERY (Epic Finalist 2011) is the third in the series (released 2009). The murder of two Canadians in Mexico and the circumstances surrounding the crime inspired the plot of this “no way out” novel. The following year I returned to Cozumel for the Carnaval to see it through the eyes of my fearless heroine, Adie Sturm.
Chapter 1/ BRODT PUBLISHING: New Edition
Dark-red blood dripped on my toe.
It rolled under the double strap of my sandal and hid camouflaged by the scarlet leather strap. Like a bottle of rich cab-merlot carelessly spilled, the blood pooled at my feet. Crimson droplets speckled the oak grain of the table. But there was so much more…on the couch…on the white marble floor. Puddles of red rain.
A sickly-sweet smell permeated the room.
Someone had draped the man’s face and chest with a white fluffy towel the edges brushing the floor. A shroud no longer white. Blood-soaked terry cloth.
It wasn’t a question of whether help should be called. Not anymore. No one could lose that much blood and live. Gulping down the bile rising in my throat, I brought my hand to my mouth and backed away to the entrance.
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I’d been standing with Janine on the powdery-white beach of the Primavera Hotel—the most exclusive hotel on the island of Cozumel.
“Not a problem,” I said. “I’m going up to change anyway. I’ll get the garter for you. Promise.” I had flown in from Toronto to be her bridesmaid and was wearing the silver-metallic bikini and sandals to prove it.
“Thanks, girlfriend.” Janine grinned widely. “If you weren’t right next door, I wouldn’t have asked. Our rooms are in the other building. But take your time, no hurry. Dean said he’d take a nap before the real party begins.”
I touched her arm. “I’m so sorry I arrived too late. There was an engine malfunction. I was afraid I wouldn’t get here till tomorrow. When I got in, I changed and rushed over to the beach but the ceremony was already over. You forgive me?”
“No worries, Adie. Everything else went as scheduled. It was out of your control.” Staring out at the Caribbean, she murmured under her breath, “Sometimes things are.”
When I’d met Janine a few months ago, I’d been entranced by her vivacious personality. She was like a beautiful colorful bird, flitting about, chirping happily. Now I sensed an underlying sadness. This wasn’t the Janine I knew.
I gave her shoulders a little squeeze. “Don’t think about anything except your happiness today, Janine. After all, it is your wedding day and we’re all here to celebrate it.”
Her fist tightly clenched her gold cover-up. Looking down at her hand, she loosened her grip. “I’m so lucky you’re here. Without you, I don’t think it would have been quite the same.”
Interview with Lance Wright/ Omni Mystery News: SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2013
with Anastasia Amor
We are delighted to welcome mystery/romance novelist Anastasia Amorto Omnimystery News today.
Anastasia’s latest mystery to feature tour agent Adie Sturm is Dead Delicious (Brodt Publishing; May 2013 trade paperback and ebook formats).
We recently had the chance to catch up with Anastasia and talk about her books.
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Omnimystery News: Introduce us to Adie Sturm.
Anastasia Amor: Smart, sexy — Adie Sturm. A real woman. Adie is a martial artist and tour agent who investigates murders. Her character is revealed in each novel and so are her romances. The reader can identify with her relationship conflicts, especially since the books are written through the eyes of Adie Sturm. With Adie a chocoholic there is a chocolate theme — the men are creamy rich and sinfully delicious. Like honey to bees, the men are drawn to her. You might like her with one man until another hottie comes along to make you wonder if he is the one. Adie is a quick-thinking martial artist who improvises everyday objects for self-defence in the action scenarios. She follows the karate mantra “never give up”.
OMN: How would you categorize this series?
AA: Pulse-beating suspense with steamy romance and plenty of action. I don’t like just calling it a plain murder mystery. It’s more suspense-romance-action. There are victims and numerous suspects. The reader is challenged to find the murderer as Adie follows the trail.The action makes this book closer to a female Robert B Parker novel yet much sexier with several choices when it comes to romance.
OMN: Give us the synopsis of Dead Delicious in a tweet.
AA: Seduction and murder in steamy Cozumel. Adie Sturm fights to survive and and avenge the victims. Will she find love or will the killer find her first?
OMN: Is Adie based, in part, on any of your own personal experiences?
AA: I am a martial artist training in weaponry as is Adie Sturm. The other characters including the hot men are based on my life and encounters. Bizarre people I’ve met and situations I’ve encountered make for comic relief and plot twists. Cozumel has been a second home for me for the last twenty-five years. I encorporate Mayan culture and dieties, cuisine, festivals and ruins into the plot. I have scuba experience and used this to lend realism to the murder.
OMN: Complete this sentence: “I am a mystery-romance author and thus …”.
AA: I am a mystery-romance author and thus a dream weaver. In a beautiful setting I see a murderous plot unfoil. Throw in a few weird characters and I will have you laughing and tearing your hair out. And those creamy-rich, sinfully delicious men like chocolate will have your juices flowing.
OMN: Describe your writing process.
AA: To write a mystery- romance, the plots entwine and enhance each other. The plot is developed in my head. I keep notes minimally on my characters’ history. Dialogue is big in my books. It’s a means for my characters to reveal their thoughts and give the reader clues for the romance or murder plot. Some of my characters are found in each book of the series. But Dead Delicious can be read without reading any of the three previous novels.
OMN: Anastasia Amor is your pen name. How did you choose it?
AA: I chose Anastasia Amor for several reasons. Anastasia means reborn and happens to be a family name. I thought it was great for me as a former teacher turned author. Amor is Spanish for love. All my books take place on Spanish-speaking islands. And there are some very attractive Spanish men!
OMN: What kinds of research do you do for your books?
AA: I am a hands-on person. My heroine scuba dives, snorkels and take out attackers with weapons. I do all of these besides talking to dive masters, Mayan experts and research using both the net and books. This novel was my biggest challenge. After several negative dive experiences, I wasn’t that keen to be eighty feet under the ocean surface but I had to.
OMN: Tell us a little bit about the title and very attractive cover.
AA: I designed the cover of Dead Delicious. The blonde woman in the arms of an attractive man is Adie Sturm. She is turned away so the reader can imagine her face. The background is a palm against a tropical sunset to channel romance. The shadows hint of intrigue. Dead Delicioushas beautiful victims and characters that are downright edible!
OMN: Speaking of tropical sunsets, tell us more about the setting for the book.
AA: My series is set in Canada and Cozumel. In Dead Delicious, there is a club in Toronto known for its transvestite entertainment. I was there and decided it would be perfect to introduce my characters. The cantina in Cozumel was based on my research as was the very shabby room for rent that my diver lived in. The yacht, Ferrari, and villa are based on what I saw on the island although they are enhanced. The setting in Cozumel is extremely important as I use legends of the Mayan dieties to explain events. Crystal skulls found in Cozumel are part of the plot.
OMN: Action … romance … mystery … Sounds like a good mix for a film.
AA: This book does lend itself to film. It’s a very visual novel — a murder under the sea, a car blowup, a seriously expensive yacht, a Ferrari Spider, steamy sex, smuggling at night and beautiful beaches in the day. A screenplay cuts the description to flashbacks or flash forwards. My book has quick witty dialogue that would work well for a screenplay.
OMN: What advice would you give aspiring authors?
AA: My advice is go to the setting location and talk to people. It makes for bigger depth of reality in the story line. Internet is useful but it lacks truth if used on its own. A new author needs to live to write. For example in Dead Delicious, I went scuba diving for information on death under the sea. All my karate action is real and described with personal knowledge. I know my settings and describe them accurately. I was told by a reader and a reviewer that the details of my settings made them feel like they were there.
OMN: What kinds of books or films do you enjoy? And have any influenced how and what you write today?
AA: I am a big fan of James Bond, especially the earlier films. The luxury of the criminal’s life style enters into my scenarios. I have wealthy powerful villians in Dead Delicious.
OMN: What are some of your outside interests?
AA: I paint and draw. One of my books dealt with art theft. Martial arts is crucial. My heroine is skilled in self defence. For research I have gone shooting to make the killer’s choice of weapons authentic.
OMN: What’s next for you?
AA: The Adie Sturm Series will continue, as will my fantasy-romance series. My other goals are to write screenplays and start painting again. Oh … and travel … travel … travel!
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About Anastasia Amor: Whenever I’m not writing, I’m traveling, researching exotic settings for my novels. An urge to explore brought me to beaches, Mayan ruins and castles. To create is to stimulate the spirit. My drawings and paintings have been exhibited locally. Balance is essential for my Chi. Karate and weaponry as well as Latin dancing and scuba diving keep me physically active and mentally stimulated. Fluent in German and English, I have a smattering of French and am presently learning Spanish.
After graduating from the WLU School of Psychology, I obtained a Bachelor of Education Degree from UWO and completed UW post grad courses in English, Art and Sexuality. As well as being a teacher for many years, I had careers in the hotel and travel industries.
Indulging my creative passion at every opportunity, I write mystery, contemporary and fantasy-paranormal romances. My Canadian heroines are intelligent and fearless as well as sensual.
For more information about my books, visit my website at http://www.anastasiaamor.com
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