First off, can you tell us a bit about you?
I’m an Aussie and I live on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast. I write full-time these days although I’ve had a whole stack of different jobs in my time. Great training for a writer – I’ve definitely seen my share of human nature!
Did you always want to be a writer?
I’ve been madly in love with books since I was a toddler and my parents read to me – especially fairystories which really are romances, aren’t they? I wrote an essay when I was in grade three claiming I was going to be the next Enid Blyton and not long after that I started my first novel, a ripsnorter about horse-napping. So the bug definitely bit early!
What kind of writer are you? Panster or Plotter?
Definitely a pantser. I wish I was a plotter but if I tell myself the story first, I can’t generate interest in writing it. Someone described this process beautifully in a workshop I ran a few months ago – I’m my own first reader. I write to find out what happens!
Why historicals? What about this era draws you in?
I’ve always loved history – something about the romantic, dramatic, larger-than-life quality of the past appeals to me. And let’s face it, there’s the dresses!
Where do your ideas come from?
Everywhere. Things I see. Things I experience. My friends. My family. TV. Movies. Other books. Historical research.
A la Twitter style, can you describe your book (or series) in 140 characters or less.
This is MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION, the book I’m giving away today. Antonia Smith protects her cousin against the rakish Marquess of Ranelaw - but who will protect Antonia from the irresistible rogue's wiles?
Out of any of your books, which one would you like to be a character in? And why?
Ooh, great question. Actually I’d like to be in my latest book MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION. The characters get to dress up and go to parties and have fun – and I’d love to waltz in Ranelaw’s arms!
What are some of your favorite kinds of stories to read?
I read pretty widely in the romance genre. My favorite is a really great historical because those stories sweep you away into another world. At the moment, I’m on a bit of a mystery kick. It’s nice to play outside the romance genre occasionally.
Do you have a favorite book and if so what is it?
Oh, one favorite? Too hard! Let’s say A COUNTESS BELOW STAIRS by Eva Ibbotson. It’s a really sweet romance but it’s beautifully done and it’s a failsafe comfort read. Anna (hmm, great name!), a countess fleeing the Russian Revolution, becomes a chambermaid in a big English country house and discovers love and adventure. It’s gorgeous and SOOOO romantic.
Have you ever fallen for another author's hero? If so, who and why?
I fall for other authors’ heroes all the time! If I don’t fall for the hero in a romance, it’s not working for me.
Belle of the Ball, Wallflower, or Widow?
Suspect I’d be the eccentric aunty who wears a garish purple turban with lots of feathers and who sits gossiping in the corner with the chaperones – the one who makes totally inappropriate remarks and drinks too much sherry and cows my niece’s beaux into shocked silence.
Describe the characteristics that make up your perfect hero.
A hero needs character – although good looks are a nice addition. A hero needs courage and intelligence and humor and kindness and generosity and honor. By the way, I’m perfectly willing to go on the journey with him as he discovers these qualities. He doesn’t necessarily need to have them at the start of the book but he’d darn well better have them at the end when he and the heroine wander off into the sunset together.
What are the scenes that are the hardest for you to write?
I always have an awful time with action scenes. The book I’ve just handed in (title to be confirmed, out late 2012) has a big fight scene where the hero and his nemesis come to fisticuffs. Took forever to get that right. I’m a lover not a fighter ;-)
If you could have dinner with any three book characters, who would you choose and why?
Snicker. I think I might pick some favorite heroes for this. Although all that alpha male vibe in one room might be a bit much. I hope they don’t come to blows over the crème brulee. Mr. Darcy, Damerel from VENETIA by Georgette Heyer, Prince Andrei from WAR AND PEACE.
If you could have dinner with any three authors, who would you choose and why?
Because I’m on a mystery kick, I thought I’d stick to current mystery favorites. I’ve been lucky enough to have dinner with a lot of great romance authors and they’re a hoot! Anyway, here’s my list for the murder dinner – Nevada Barr, Jacqueline Winspear, Carola Dunn.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Read (d’uh!). Swim. Walk. See my friends. Travel. Eat out. Drink wine, hic!
Last of the Mohicans
Last question, are you working on anything right now?
It’s all a bit under wraps still – if I tell you too much, I’ll have to kill you. But I’ve just finished the first book in what will be my first series. It’s a gothic Beauty and the Beast story and I’m madly in love with the hero who’s scarred on the outside but pure gold inside. Sigh. The book should be out late in 2012.
Danielle, those were great questions. Can I steal your Twitter idea? Describe your favorite romance novel as a Twitter post of 140 characters or less. So looking forward to hearing everyone’s choices. One commenter will win a signed copy of MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION (open internationally) so get tweeting, people!
London's most notorious seducer, Nicholas Challoner lives solely for revenge…
The dashing, licentious Marquess of Ranelaw can never forgive Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister - now the time has come to repay the villain in the same coin. But one formidably intriguing impediment stands in the way of Nicholas's vengeance: Miss Antonia Smith, companion to his foe's unsuspecting daughter.
Having herself been deceived and disgraced by a rogue - banished by her privileged family as a result and forced to live a lie - Antonia vows to protect her charge from the same cruel fate. She recognizes Ranelaw for the shameless blackguard he is, and will devote every ounce of her intelligence and resolve to thwarting him.
Yet Antonia has always had a fatal weakness for rakes…
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ANNA CAMPBELL has written six multi award-winning historical romances for Avon HarperCollins and her work is published in eleven languages. Always a voracious reader, Anna decided when she was a child that she wanted to be a writer. Once she discovered the wonderful world of romance novels, she knew exactly what she wanted to write. Anna has won numerous awards for her Regency-set romances including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill (twice), the Heart of Excellence, the Aspen Gold and the Australian Romance Readers Association's favorite historical romance (three times). Her books have twice been nominated for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA Award and twice for Australia's Romantic Book of the Year.
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