Always a voracious reader, Anna Campbell decided when she was a child that she wanted to be a writer. Her historical romances have been critically acclaimed and have won numerous awards, including the Australian Romance Readers’ Favourite Australian Romance Author from 2009 to 2012, and Favourite Historical Romance for Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed , Untouched, Captive of Sin and My Reckless Surrender. Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed also won Best First Meeting of a Couple, Best Love Scene and Best Cover for 2012. Anna lives in Queensland.
Writing alone can be a solitary task. Anna credits Romance Writers of Australia and her writing group, Turramurra Romance Writers, for their advice and encouragement. They made the difference. It was after she joined these groups that her first book was published. Anna's latest book, A Rake's Midnight Kiss will be released on August 1
We are delighted that Anna was able to join us today.
What are you reading at the moment?
Thank you for having me as your guest! I’m on a bit of a mystery kick at the moment, especially mysteries with a historical setting and with a strong romance subplot. No surprises there, I suppose. Series I really enjoy are the Sebastian St. Cyr mysteries by C.S. Harris and the Claire Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne mysteries by Julia Spencer-Fleming. The Harris books have a wonderfully detailed Regency England setting and a fascinating tortured hero. The Julia Spencer-Flemings, while contemporary, have a compelling forbidden love plot – quite difficult to pull off convincingly in the modern world! Some great recent reads from local authors include Half Moon Bay by Helene Young and Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth.
Describe your writing style?
Romantic. Sensual. Emotional.
What inspired you to become a writer of romance fiction?
I’ve always read romance – both my grandmother and mother were romance fans so I think I was genetically programmed to look for a happy ending. As a reader, I love how a great romance sweeps you away into a larger than life world. I’ve been a bit of a history nut since my first Errol Flynn movie, so combining romance and history in my writing seemed an obvious choice. All of my favourite books, from Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre onward, are romances or have a very strong romantic subplot. As a writer, I love detailing that intricate dance of the relationship – one step forward, two steps back, cha-cha-cha, until the couple are whirling in glorious waltz time at the end.
You must be a romantic! Which literary character would you most like to invite to dinner?
I think you have to be a romantic to write romance. Which doesn’t mean I have an unrealistic hearts and flowers view of the world and everything is pink ponies and rainbows. I make my characters work really hard for their happy ending and they’ve generally been through the mill and emerged as better people by the end so they deserve their reward. For my dinner invite, let’s go for the obvious and invite Mr. Darcy – in his nicer, having fallen in love with Lizzie personality. Heathcliff would be too inclined to break the china and Mr. Rochester sulks when he doesn’t get things all his own way.
What would the title of your memoirs be?
What a great question! Given it took me 27 years to publish a book, perhaps Good Things Come to Those Who Wait?
What is next for you?
I’m getting excited about the release of the second historical romance in my Sons of Sin series. A Rake’s Midnight Kiss is out in print and e-book from HarperCollins in Australia on 1st August (North American release 27th August). Otherwise I’m madly writing book three in the series which will be out in 2014.
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