ANNA CAMPBELL has written nine multi award-winning historical romances for Grand Central Publishing and Avon HarperCollins and her work is published in sixteen languages. Anna has won numerous awards for her Regency-set stories including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice, the Booksellers Best, the Golden Quill (three times), the Heart of Excellence (twice), the Aspen Gold (twice) and the Australian Romance Readers Association’s favorite historical romance (five times). Anna is currently engaged in writing the “Sons of Sin” series, which started in 2012 with SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED and now continues with book 3, WHAT A DUKE DARES. Anna lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia where she writes full-time.
ER: Welcome to Embracing Romance, Anna, and Happy Release Day on WHAT A DUKE DARES. It’s a safe bet that new authors are nervous and excited the day their debut novel comes out. Does that feeling ever go away?
Thanks for having me here today. And thanks for the good wishes for Duke. You know, this is my ninth full-length book and I’m still as nervous as a cat on a stove on release day. You’re never quite sure how the world will react to a story. You spend so long with these characters rattling around in your head and you grow to love them – of course I want people to love them too!
ER: You’re a multi-award winning author, so many finals and wins actually, that we won’t even try to list them here. What one award meant the most to you?
Oh, what a great question. I must say awards are very nice! I think the one that touched me the most was the first time I won favorite Australian romance author from the Australian Romance Readers Association (http://australianromancereaders.com.au/) in 2009. There’s something really wonderful about having the home crowd vote for you!
ER: How long does it generally take you to write a book, and are you a pantser or a plotter?
I used to be a really slow writer – my Avon contract allowed me to do a book a year. Then the brave new world of e-publishing arrived and a book a year is no longer enough to sustain a career. I’ve got faster – I’m still learning to cope with the demands that places on my writing. These days I’m doing two full-length stories and maybe a short or two a year. Or at least that’s what I did in the last 12 months. I think my natural pace is a bit slower than that. I’m a pantser, which I suspect may have something to do with needing a bit more time than a lot of people. I need to discover the story through writing it which means doing a lot of editing once that first draft is done. I’ve tried plotting – it doesn’t work for me.
ER: Do you have a favorite among your many books, or do you love all your children equally? If you do have a favorite, which one is it?
I love all my children differently, but I’d have to say my two favorites are my last Avon book MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION and this latest one WHAT A DUKE DARES. With both those stories, they came out pretty close to what I had in my head when I envisaged the story. That’s always nice. And I adored the hero and heroine in those books although they’re very different. Nicholas and Antonia from Midnight and Cam and Pen from WHAT A DUKE DARES still hold a special place in my heart.
ER: Publishing today is constantly changing, and can be overwhelming for an aspiring author. What one piece of advice would you give a new writer?
There’s a lot of white noise out there at the moment which tries to sound like it’s important. Don’t be deceived. Nothing is more important than sitting down and getting the words on the page. Finish a manuscript, then put it away for a while and write something else before you come back to editing the first story. It’s amazing what you’ll see once you’ve got some distance.
ER: Will you ever consider self-publishing?
I actually have self-published in a small way. I have two novellas out, THE WINTER WIFE (http://annacampbell.info/winterwife.html) and THESE HAUNTED HEARTS (http://annacampbell.info/hauntedhearts.html), and last year I was involved in a free anthology A GROSVENOR SQUARE CHRISTMAS (http://annacampbell.info/xmascinderella.html) with three other historical authors which went great guns. This year, I’m doing another Christmas novella which should be out in late October/November. I love the freedom and control (and speed) of self-publishing and I hope to do more.
ER: Tell us something about Anna Campbell that would surprise us.
I hate telephones.
ER: What’s next for you? Can you tell us anything about what you’re working on now?
I’ve just handed in editorial revisions on the fourth Sons of Sin book, A SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT, which should be out from Grand Central Forever in the first half of 2015. This one has a real Cinderella touch – I love romances that cross the rigid class divide of 19th century Britain. All that forbidden passion adds real sizzle. I’m also putting the finishing touches to this year’s Christmas novella which is currently called HER CHRISTMAS EARL.
A reputation at risk…
What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that’s who. She’s known Camden Rothermere since they were children – and she also knows she’d bring nothing but scandal to his name.
Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can’t stop her. Then her brother’s dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he’d finally gotten over.
The only way they’ll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they’re married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed – until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins…
You can find an excerpt of WHAT A DUKE DARES at: http://annacampbell.info/dukedares.html
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