Interview with Anna Campbell

Jen: We are excited to have Anna Campbell as our guest this week. Anna, will you please share a short bio with us?

Anna: I’m an Aussie and I’ve always been in love with reading. It seemed a natural progression to want to write. I did a degree in English literature – sitting around reading for three years seemed like a good deal to me then. Still does! Then had a variety of jobs including captioning for the deaf, working in an art gallery and running a stall at Covent Garden market in London. I sold my first book Claiming The Courtesan in 2006 (it came out in 2007) and since then I’ve published five more historical romances with Avon.

Jen: Tell us about Midnight’s Wild Passion and where it can be purchased.

Anna:  Midnight’s Wild Passion came out on 26th April and it’s pretty much available everywhere either as a mass market paperback or in e-book format. It’s a story of desire and revenge and redemption and has a lot of classic Regency elements like elopements and duels and people waltzing at glamorous balls during the London Season. You can read the blurb and an excerpt here: http://www.annacampbell.info/wildpassion.html

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Anna: I started my first book, a jolly little Enid Blyton clone about horse-napping, when I was in grade three. So the bug bit early! It was 27 years between finishing a medieval romance when I was 17 and selling to Avon at auction in 2006. The auction was exciting and nerve-racking and exhausting – it went on all week leading up to Easter. Who wants chocolate eggs when you can get a contract? LOL!

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Anna: Dramatic, passionate, emotional.

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

Anna: I’m a pantser from way back although I like to think of myself as an organic writer. I start with a hero and a heroine, a big problem, an opening scene and sometimes a villain. And the story develops from there. It’s messy but it seems to work in its longwinded way.

Jen: Do you have a theme, object or person that appears in all of your stories?

Anna: A gorgeous man? Does that count?

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?

Anna: I love, love, love writing historicals – I hope the market for them keeps going forever, not just so I can write them but so I can keep reading them. I think I’d be hopeless at a contemporary – I’ve just about come to terms with 1825, I’m nowhere near groovy enough for 2011!

Jen: Do you have a favorite character or one you most identify with?

Anna: Oh, no, that’s like asking me to pick a favorite child. I love them all. I tend to write strong women which is something I definitely identify with.

Jen: If you could travel back in time for one year, what time and place would you choose? If you could only take 3 things with you, what would they be?

Anna: Hmm, not sure I want to travel back in time. Medicine, women’s rights, dentistry, among other things, all give me the cold shivers to contemplate much before 1975! I’d love to have an evening as the belle of the ball at one of those glamorous Regency shindigs (hopefully with a rake or two I can devastate with one glance from my flashing black eyes – hey, it’s my fantasy here, I get to give myself any eyes I want!). If I was taking three things to this ball, I’d want a nice big dance card, a very stylish reticule and a pistol, just in case those rakes got out of hand!


Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?

Anna: I’m just about to launch into Madeline Hunter’s DANGEROUS IN DIAMONDS. She’s one of my favorite writers and I’ve loved the other books in the Rarest Blooms quartet. I’m currently in the middle of re-reading the Georgette Heyers – they are as sparkling as ever. I love Christine Wells, Annie West, Kathleen O’Reilly, Liz Carlyle and Sarah Mayberry. Just lately I’ve had a craze on cozy mysteries and I love the Daisy Dalrymple series by Carola Dunn. I could mention hundreds of books but that’s probably enough to be going on with for the moment!

Jen: What has been the highlight of your career to this point?

Anna: Oh, too hard! This is like picking a favorite character. The double RITA nomination in 2008 was pretty special. Winning Australia’s favorite romance author of 2009 and 2010 from the Australian Romance Readers Association was very nice too.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Anna: I’m currently working on a very gothic Beauty and the Beast story.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Anna: My website is http://www.annacampbell.info/ I’m on Facebook (far too often!) at http://www.facebook.com/annacampbell.writer#!/AnnaCampbellFans I’m on Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/296477.Anna_Campbell I blog with the Romance Bandits which is always a fun place to hang out: http://romancebandits.blogspot.com/ HarperCollins also run a mini website for me: http://www.harpercollins.com/author/microsite/?authorid=31961%20

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Anna: Having disclosed the contents of at least one tower of my TBR pile, I’d love to know about yours. What did you last read? What are you reading now? What are you reading next?

Jen: I understand we have a contest for our readers.
Anna: I’d love to give one commenter today a signed copy of my latest release Midnight’s Wild Passion. The prize is international.

Jen:  Readers, to enter the contest, you must first leave a question or comment for Anna.  Then to finish your entry, you need to leave your email address in your comment or send a message to admin.bookblog@gmail.com.  Anna will choose a winner sometime during the evening of May 4th.  And for a second chance to win a copy of the book, go read Mary’s review and follow the directions at the end of the post.  Mary’s contest will end on Sunday, May 8.

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