Interview with Anna Hackett

Who are your favorite authors?
I love romances with some great action and adventure. My favorite authors include Linnea Sinclair, Nalini Singh, Pamela Clare, Ilona Andrews, and Meljean Brook.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
All the things I love: my two little boys, my love-of-my-life hubby, and the chance to write and bring my stories to life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not writing, I usually have my mommy hat on and am running around after my two energetic boys!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover new books all over the place: on the new release and bestseller lists, blogs, and most importantly, recommendations from trusted reader friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. There were vampires. That story will never see the light of day, but I've borrowed elements and ideas from it for other stories I've written.
What is your writing process?
I do some high-level plotting and then I write my story notes by hand in one of my many notebooks. After that, I dictate my first draft off those notes. Finally, the story goes through several rounds of edits, including with my editor. It ends with a final polish and fixing typos from my team of typo hunters. I write or edit almost every day, and can often be found working at my local coffee shop.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first story I ever read but I have been a voracious reader all my life. I *always* carry my Kindle around with me. Reading is my escape, my pleasure, it gives me all the feels, and it has helped me through some tough times.
How do you approach cover design?
I have an amazing cover artist, but I like to think we are a team. I always have a pretty definite vision for a cover or the covers in a series. I toss a lot of ideas at my designer and she always turns them into something awesome.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Oh, this is a really horrible question -- there are so many books I love. For sci-fi romance, I love Games of Command and Finder's Keeper by Linnea Sinclair, and Naked in Death by JD Robb. For paranormal romance, I love Slave to Sensation (and a bunch of other books in the Psy-Changeling series) by Nalini Singh and Burn for Me (and all the books in the Hidden Legacy Trilogy) by Ilona Andrews. For urban fantasy, the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. Eek, that's way more than five books and I could go on...
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance. Primarily romance with a lot of action and adventure going on (which is what I love to both read and write). For me, that is usually found in sci-fi romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense and some contemporary romances.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. I've had a long line of them.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Offering the first book in my series free and letting new readers test drive my writing has always been the best thing I ever did to help readers discover my books.
Describe your desk
I'm pretty neat and tidy! I have a large monitor that I dock my laptop into, but I'm often at the coffee shop or on the couch with my laptop or notebook.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Australia. I spent a lot of time playing outdoors on imaginary adventures with my brother. That definitely has influenced my action-packed writing!
When did you first start writing?
I never grew up wanting to be a writer but I was always a reader. I started writing when I first got married. I decided to try writing some of the stories in my head and I've never looked back.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently working on the last book in the my action-packed Treasure Hunter Security series. I have a driven FBI agent and the smart, classy hacker and co-owner of Treasure Hunter Security who are forced to work together to stop a dangerous black-market antiquities ring. Lots of action, danger, and a sexy romance!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was traditionally published first and it was the slow speed it took to get my stories published that convinced me to become an indie author. I could see that readers wanted the books sooner! I absolutely love being in control of my books and when I publish them.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
From the beginning, Smashwords has made is easy for me to distribute my books to retailers and libraries. The support they give authors is great as well. Anything that helps make the business-side of things easier for an indie author is invaluable!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Every time I get an email or a message from a reader who tells me my book helped make their rough day a little easier, helped make the wait at the hospital a little shorter, or helped put a smile on their face...it reminds me that writing my stories matters. That's my greatest joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
My readers are awesome! They keep me inspired and energized to get to the laptop and write (even on the days when I want to slack off!)
What are you working on next?
I am working on a brand-new series that is a spin-off of my action-packed Treasure Hunter Security series. It features a mysterious covert team who are tasked with safeguarding some important relics...the women they must protect at all costs.
Published 2018-07-15.
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Books by This Author

Shaw (Hell Squad #7)
Series: Hell Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,520. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Hell Squad sniper Shaw Baird is a man on a mission. His squad is his family and now the invading aliens have done the unforgivable…taken one of his team. Claudia Frost—soldier, friend, and all-round badass—is running on borrowed time. Shaw has vowed to bring her home, whatever it takes…and he’s only just realizing now she’s been taken that Claudia is a vital piece of him.
Noah (Hell Squad #6)
Series: Hell Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,200. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Tech genius Noah Kim works day and night to keep the alien invasion survivors at Blue Mountain Base with lights, power and hot water. He's also working on a top secret project to help keep them safe. He's tired, stressed and under pressure--and one woman adds to it all. An annoying, infuriating redhead he calls Captain Dragon.
Roth (Hell Squad #5)
Series: Hell Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,210. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Roth Masters is a protector to the bone. Driven by the losses of his past, he fights side-by-side with Hell Squad to protect the human survivors of the alien invasion. But Roth knows they need more intel on the raptor invaders–something to turn the tide of the battle. And he knows the woman he rescued from an alien facility is hiding secrets he desperately wants to uncover.
Reed (Hell Squad #4)
Series: Hell Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 43,840. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
As part of Hell Squad, former Coalition Navy SEAL Reed MacKinnon fights for humanity’s freedom from the alien invaders. He also fights for his brown-eyed girl—the woman he rescued from the aliens’ secret laboratory. He admires her quiet strength and will to survive, not to mention her elfin looks and curvy body…but he knows she’s nowhere near ready for how much he wants her.
Gabe (Hell Squad #3)
Series: Hell Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,110. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Hell Squad soldier Gabe Jackson has lost everything that mattered, including his twin brother. Now he just wants to kill the invading aliens anyway he knows how…and he knows a lot of ways. Previously part of a secret Army super-soldier project, he’s faster, stronger, deadlier…but on the inside, he’s a mass of rage, and pain, and grief—all waiting for a chance to drag him under. Until he finds her.
Cruz (Hell Squad #2)
Series: Hell Squad. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,850. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Battle-hardened soldier Cruz Ramos is running on empty. As second-in-command of the deadliest commando squad fighting the invading aliens, he doesn’t know why he’s fighting anymore. He’s seen too much destruction, devastation, and death, and every day the growing numbness threatens to take over. Until a mysterious woman emerges from the ruins and saves him from a pack of rampaging aliens.
Treasure Hunter Security Box Set
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 133,340. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Finding undiscovered treasures is always daring, dangerous, and deadly. Perfect for the men of Treasure Hunter Security. Join the former Navy SEALs turned security specialists as they head off on adventures to protect dangerous archeological digs, daring expeditions, and wild, deadly treasure hunts. Get the first three award-winning, stand-alone romances in the Treasure Hunter Security series.
Unidentified (Treasure Hunter Security #7)
Series: Treasure Hunter Security. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,220. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Finding undiscovered treasures is always daring, dangerous, and deadly. Unidentified contains two action-packed novellas starring sexy archeologists, feisty treasure hunters, and tough former Navy SEALs on the hunt for two priceless Incan emeralds.
Undetected (Treasure Hunter Security #8)
Series: Treasure Hunter Security. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,140. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Darcy Ward, computer whiz and co-owner of Treasure Hunter Security, has sold her soul to the devil. Okay, not quite the devil, but she did agree to work with Agent Arrogant and Annoying—aka Special Agent Alastair Burke of the FBI’s Art Crime Team to lay a trap for infamous black-market antiquities ring, Silk Road.
Fury & Darkness (Warriors of the Wind #3)
Series: Warriors of the Wind. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,040. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
The Warriors of the Wind are the only thing protecting humans from a centuries-old evil, but with their potential mates, the Aurae, long gone, these alpha warriors are in danger of becoming the very evil they hunt. In Fury, Luca's new personal assistant is hiding more than just dangerous curves under her suit. In Darkness, Soren is a man on the verge of succumbing to the evil he fights.
Storm & Seduction (Warriors of the Wind #2)
Series: Warriors of the Wind. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,150. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
The Warriors of the Wind are the only thing protecting humans from a centuries-old evil, but with their potential mates, the Aurae, long gone, these alpha warriors are in danger of becoming the very evil they hunt. In Storm, the last thing Dante expects on his hunt is an alluring assassin out to kill him. In Seduction, Antonio is chained and naked with a beautiful woman who can never be his.
Tempest (Warriors of the Wind #1)
Series: Warriors of the Wind. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,910. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Lorenzo Venti is Keeper of the Winds. A loner at heart, he’s fine that his duty to keep the evil Tempest Winds trapped on their island prison keeps him isolated and alone. He prefers his work with his horses to annoying people anyway. But his powerful foes are rising, and when one infuriating, tempting woman arrives on his island, she threatens everything...
Crashed on an Ice World (Phoenix Adventures #11)
Series: Phoenix Adventures. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,310. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
He’s her boss. She’s his best friend. These two deep-space convoy security specialists are fighting their simmering attraction…until a starship crash on a deadly ice world changes everything.
Unmapped (Treasure Hunter Security #6)
Series: Treasure Hunter Security. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,240. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Former Navy SEAL and CIA agent Ronin Cooper is used to living his life in the darkness. A loner by nature, he enjoys his work at Treasure Hunter Security, and never lets anyone too close. That is until he notices a mystery redhead spying on him and his colleagues. Then he finds himself sucked into a deadly rescue mission to Antarctica with a fiery, outspoken woman who pushes all his buttons.
Untraveled (Treasure Hunter Security #5)
Series: Treasure Hunter Security. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,770. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
After a mission gone wrong, former Navy SEAL Hale Carter has made a good career for himself at Treasure Hunter Security. He gets to design new gadgets, use his SEAL skills providing security for exciting expeditions, and he enjoys a variety of ladies on his downtime. Then he volunteers for a dangerous undercover mission into the Kalahari Desert after a legendary lost city...
Unfathomed (Treasure Hunter Security #4)
Series: Treasure Hunter Security. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,130. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Long, tall, and deadly Morgan Kincaid is assigned to an underwater archeological expedition on the trail of long-lost shipwreck, and finds herself protecting the hard, delicious body of a globe-trotting archeologist. As they dive the azure waters of Madagascar, they uncover a sizzling attraction and clues to an impossible artifact, but soon they are under attack by dangerous black-market thieves.
Lost in Barbarian Space (Phoenix Adventures #9)
Series: Phoenix Adventures. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,160. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
A clash of cultures. Security agent versus barbarian warrior. On an expedition to a newly discovered barbarian world, an experienced security agent doesn't expect to be working with a big, bossy barbarian warrior.
Anomaly Series Box Set
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,140. Language: English. Published: September 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Step into the action-filled, suspenseful world of the anomalies, where some humans are gifted with extraordinary powers. Time Thieves, Mind Raiders and Soul Stealers are in a battle of survival against the crime lords and secret government agencies hunting them for their abilities. Includes four novellas where these anomalies risk everything to survive...and risk it all to fall in love.
On a Barbarian World (Phoenix Adventures #8)
Series: Phoenix Adventures. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,730. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Aurina Phoenix spends most of her time zooming through uncharted space and gathering intel for her family’s deep-space convoy, but her life takes an unexpected detour when a meteor shower brings down her ship. She finds herself on a barren, low-tech planet inhabited by dangerous beasts…and lands in the arms of a brawny barbarian warlord.
Through Uncharted Space (Phoenix Adventures #10)
Series: Phoenix Adventures. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 58,240. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Dare Phoenix runs his convoy with absolute control. In uncharted space, lives depend on it. When one plain, dowdy woman comes aboard, his gut tells him that something is off about her. Soon there are assassins on his ship, sabotage, and people dying, and Dare uncovers a smart-mouthed scam artist who defies him at every turn. A woman with a stolen map to an immense lost treasure from Earth.
Unexplored (Treasure Hunter Security #3)
Series: Treasure Hunter Security. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,840. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Former Navy SEAL Logan O’Connor is big, rough…and haunted by a past betrayal. Now he works for Treasure Hunter Security. Dangerous archeological digs – easy. Daring expeditions – no problem. But on a mission to the Peruvian Andes, he collides with cool, classy CEO, Sydney Granger, and they are swept into a deadly hunt for her kidnapped brother and an ancient lost city.
Uncharted (Treasure Hunter Security #2)
Series: Treasure Hunter Security. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,280. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Former Navy SEAL Callum Ward saw the worst of war and lost good friends, but now he works for Treasure Hunter Security. Nothing has ever tempted him to slow down…until he has to work with one opinionated photographer, Dani Navarro. But soon their straight-forward trek to find a lost temple turns deadly, and Cal and Dani find themselves under attack from a dangerous black-market antiquities ring.
Undiscovered (Treasure Hunter Security #1)
Series: Treasure Hunter Security. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,590. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Former Navy SEAL Declan Ward is haunted by his past and now works for Treasure Hunter Security. Dangerous archeological digs – no problem. Daring expeditions – sure thing. Museum security for invaluable exhibits – easy. But on a simple dig in the Egyptian desert, he collides with a stubborn, smart archeologist, Dr. Layne Rush, and they get swept into a deadly treasure hunt for a lost oasis.
Phoenix Adventures Box Set
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 155,980. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
In the distant future, the artifacts from Earth's past are the lost treasures of the galaxy. Meet the galaxy's most infamous treasure hunters! Action-and-adventure packed romances starring sexy space smugglers, galactic lawmen and sexy cyborgs. Grab three award-winning, stand-alone romances in the Phoenix Adventures Box Set.
Return to Dark Earth (Phoenix Adventures #7)
Series: Phoenix Adventures. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,860. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Astro-archeologist Niklas Phoenix's career plan never included becoming one of the galaxy’s most infamous treasure hunters. And it certainly never included his one weakness: Nera Darc. But on the ultimate treasure hunt to dark Earth, the rival treasure hunters strip away each other’s secrets and desires are unleashed. But the dangers of Earth strike from every side, and a dark enemy is closing in.
Among Galactic Ruins (Phoenix Adventures #0)
Series: Phoenix Adventures. Price: Free! Words: 42,090. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
Treasure hunters, dangerous desert planet, wild beasts, and deadly thieves—the only thing standing between astro-archeologist Dr. Lexa Carter and danger is one lethal man who might be more dangerous than them all.
Marcus (Hell Squad #1)
Series: Hell Squad. Price: Free! Words: 46,370. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
In the aftermath of a deadly alien invasion, Elle Milton—former Sydney socialite—has carved a role for herself as the communications officer for the toughest commando team fighting for humanity’s survival—Hell Squad. When the squad is tasked with destroying a strategic alien facility, Elle goes head to head with battle-hardened Marcus Steele to convince him she won’t be a liability in the field.
On a Cyborg Planet (Phoenix Adventures #6)
Series: Phoenix Adventures. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,740. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
After a vicious coup, cyborg Axton Saros, Prime of Centax, is trying to rebuild his world. Still recovering from his captivity, he won’t let anything get in his way. But a priceless artifact, stolen during the attack, is still missing and Axton wants it back. What he doesn’t want is the emotionless and infuriating Centax Security cyborg, Commander Xenia Alexander, heading the investigation.
Beyond Galaxy's Edge (Phoenix Adventures #5)
Series: Phoenix Adventures. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,560. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Ambitious Patrol Captain Nissa Sander has spent three years at the galaxy’s edge chasing scoundrel smuggler, Justyn Phoenix. But the charming rogue has always outwitted her and she’s had a hard time ignoring his handsome face. But when one of the galaxy’s most important documents—the US Constitution—is stolen, Nissa finds herself working with the very man she'd been trying to throw in her brig.
Beneath a Trojan Moon (Phoenix Adventures #4)
Series: Phoenix Adventures. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,820. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Fortune teller Relda Dela-Cruz is a woman with a secret. She hides in plain sight on the market world of Souk, content with running her profitable fortune-telling business and never letting anyone too close. But when assailants attack her in pursuit of a powerful artifact, Relda collides with the city’s handsome, new marshal. A man who leaves no stone unturned and no secret covered.
On a Rogue Planet (Phoenix Adventures #3)
Series: Phoenix Adventures. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,280. Language: English. Published: November 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
Unlucky-in-love salvage mechanic, Malin Phoenix, didn’t intend to get kidnapped by a sexy cyborg. But she finds herself swept into an adventure to help the deadly, emotionless CenSec, Xander Saros, retrieve an ancient Terran artifact and save his planet. Mal is magnetically drawn to Xander, but can never let herself forget that she can’t fall in love with a cyborg who can never love her back.
In the Devil's Nebula (Phoenix Adventures #2)
Series: Phoenix Adventures. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,780. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
He lost it all: his career, his woman, his sanity. On a mission to the lawless Devil’s Nebula, Commander Zayn Phoenix’s life imploded. Now the former Strike Wing pilot fills his days with dangerous adventures alongside his treasure hunter brothers. But his nights are haunted by nightmares of an unforgivable act. Then a sexy assassin lures him into a hunt, an assassin with the face of a dead woman.
Salvation (Anomaly Series #4)
Series: The Anomaly Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,400. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
He was once a power-hungry crime lord and John Brown can never forget it. He’s lost most of his memories—most of his soul—but no one trusts him…not even himself. Then his calm, boring existence is shattered when he wakes up chained in a secret underground lab. Tortured, experimented on, his only hope is a feminine voice in the darkness.
Soul Stealer (Anomaly Series #3)
Series: The Anomaly Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,630. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Schoolteacher Cate Hartmann was kidnapped and forced to use her psychic ability to kill. Now she’s a killer with an addiction to stealing souls. She fights to recover but only one man calms the storm inside. A genius anomaly scientist—with a sexy, muscled body under his lab coat—a man she’s too afraid to touch: Dr. Gage Walker.
Mind Raider (Anomaly Series #2)
Series: The Anomaly Series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,980. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Mara Ross takes crap from no one. Especially not the crime boss who tortured her for her psychic ability to control minds. Now he’s kidnapped another woman and Mara will do anything to save her—including joining forces with Callahan, the most deadly, powerful man she knows.
Time Thief (Anomaly Series #1)
Series: The Anomaly Series. Price: Free! Words: 28,850. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
(3.00 from 1 review)
Bay North wants revenge, no, she craves revenge. Hunted for her psychic ability to steal time and forced to watch her family die, all she wants is to make the crime lord who’s taken everything from her pay. But now he's set the ultimate hunter on her trail and Bay will need all her skills just to survive the gray-eyed, hard-bodied man out to kill her.