Embracing Romance Welcomes Guest Author Anna Campbell

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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.


Anna Campbell - CoverWHAT A DUKE DARES

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

WHAT A DUKE DARES buy links:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/What-Duke-Dares-Anna-Campbell/dp/1455557900/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1387328558&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=what+a+duke+dares

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/what-a-duke-dares-anna-campbell/1117543455?ean=9781455557905

Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/What-Duke-Dares-Anna-Campbell/9781455557905

Social Media Links:

Website: www.annacampbell.info
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnaCampbellFans?ref_type=bookmark
Twitter: @AnnaCampbellOz
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/296477.Anna_Campbell


Question: I’ve admitted to being nervous when a new book comes out. What makes you nervous?

Trivia Question: Who are the hero and heroine of WHAT A DUKE DARES? Enter your answer here


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32 Responses

  1. Sandra Owens

    Welcome to Embracing Romance, Anna! I’m an Anna Campbell fan, and have been waiting for WHAT A DUKE DARES. Yah!

    I had to laugh about your hating telephones. I do to. 🙂

    • annacampbell

      Sandy, how funny! This is such a telephone world these days, people look at me with complete shock when I say I loathe the things. I especially loathe it when they interrupt social occasions. Thanks for saying you’re looking forward to the Dude! Thank you also for having me as your guest today.

  2. Maggi Andersen

    I hate my new phone, too Anna. After learning so many new technologies while at the computer, I’m too tired to wrestle with it just to make a phone call.

    • annacampbell

      Maggi, I never learned a whole stack of stuff with my old phone (and my old phone in phone terms is really stone age – seven years old). I hate that a phone is like a naughty child, saying look at me NOW! And people do!

    • annacampbell

      Oh, Denise, that IS a nerveracking experience. I’m sure he’ll have a ball. I loved my uni days! And thank you for saying you’ve enjoyed the blog tour and the newsletter. It’s always fun writing to my readers to tell them there’s something new on the shelves!

  3. Barbara Monajem

    LOL. I acknowledge the usefulness of telephones, but I hate talking on them.

    Lovely to see you here, Anna! 🙂

    • annacampbell

      Barbara, really happy to be here. Sandra, thank so much for hosting me. Barbara, I agree, they’re useful. And I love that I’ve got one for emergencies, but they’re not something I love!

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  5. carolcork

    No need to enter me in the Giveaway because I have already read this fabulous book.

    Anna, I just hate mobile phones, It drives me crazy when I’m going around the supermarket and there’s someone standing right in the middle of the aisle sending a text or speaking on their phone.

    • annacampbell

      Carol, I think that’s just rude. It’s like people forget any manners they’ve been taught, isn’t it? I hate hearing intimate conversations in public when people are on the phone too. Funny! I thought my phone phobia might have been mine alone! Thanks for saying you enjoyed Duke!

  6. eileendandashi

    Love your work, Anna. I like your comment about writing a manuscript and then just letting it simmer on the backburner for a while. I think subconsciously your mind is still working on refining the story and you’ll be so much more refreshed when you start at it again. Thanks for the good words to all those want-to-be-published writers.

    • annacampbell

      Thanks so much, Eileen. I so agree with your subconscious mind continuing to work on it while it’s away simmering. Funny how much cooking and writing have in common, isn’t it? Good luck with your writing.

  7. JoannaM

    Great piece of advice for writers. Sometimes I wonder if some (new-to-me) authors even care about the editing part.
    Lots of things make me nervous, but the thing that tops it all is meeting new people, as in one-on-one, tell-me-about-yourself kind of setting. That’s probably why I stay at one job for a long time =D

    • annacampbell

      Thanks, Joanna. Glad the advice hit the spot. Even now when I’m on deadlines, I try and schedule in even a small break between finishing a first draft and editing. It really makes a difference to come back with some distance. Sadly, the six months I used to like to give a story is a luxury I no longer have. New people and new settings are very nerve-racking, aren’t they? I”m better than I used to be at going in cold like that!

  8. vickie dailey

    I’ve not had the chance to read any of anna campbell’s books yet – this sounds like a great one to start with love the red cover – the pace for writers sounds very strenous does it take some of the fun out of it?

    • annacampbell

      Vickie, thanks for swinging by! I love that red cover too! There are certainly days when I don’t feel like writing up a storm but I pay my bills by writing so in that sense, it’s a job and you just knuckle down and do it. It’s still fun – especially compared to standing on a cold street in winter waiting for the bus to work! 🙂

  9. jdh2690

    I do hate telephone calls. We screen them at home before responding. And many, many times I ask hubby to answer because I just don’t feel like talking. Sometimes even to family or friends! I think this avoidance of phone calls comes from my 30+ years of answering phones for attorneys at a law office. I was drained at the end of each and every day. Even now, I tend to be a quiet person, enjoying watching and reflecting and communicating only when I have something worthwhile to say. I hate texting too. So why do I comment on blogs and do e-mail? Well, my budget is very limited and there is always the chance I might win a book from a beloved author. Also, it is quiet…no talking on the phone! And I find that moving my fingers lessens the stiffening up from arthritis. And BTW, Anna, I hope you keep on writing for quite awhile, even if only one book a year. I so look forward to your writing! jdh2690@gmail.com

    • jdh2690

      Forgot to answer Anna’s question. What makes me nervous? It used to be tests in school, then deadlines in the law office, and now … not much. 🙂

  10. annacampbell

    Thanks so much, Janice. The good news is that I’ve got two new releases in the next six months. There’s a Christmas novella coming in late Oct/early Nov and the fourth Sons of Sin book has been scheduled for the end of April next year. Nowhere near as long a wait as for What a Duke Dares! Thank you for your patience. Oh, I hear you on phones being a drain. And good luck in the draw!

  11. Victoria Vane

    Thanks so much for joining us Anna! And also for sharing your new release jitters! Misery likes company right? Wishing you the best of luck with your newest book!

  12. Glenda

    Hi Anna! Lately, I am so with the phone haters. Can I just keep the ‘smart’ part and forget the main function? As for what makes me nervous, right now it’s having both my kids at college. I’m worried about my introverted daughter more than my son since she is a freshman and never been away from home for long. (I’m also nervous that she will follow through on her threats to adopt a pet of some sort and get thrown out of her dorm. 🙂 )

    • annacampbell

      Glenda, I hope things go well for your daughter – and that she resists her pet-owning urges! Worrying about kids seems to be par for the course, doesn’t it? Oh, lovely, another phone hater! Perhaps we should set up a society!

  13. annacampbell

    Thanks so much to everyone who swung by to say hello, and thank you to Sandra for hosting me. The winner of the signed copy of Duke is VICKIE DAILEY. Vickie, could you please emal me on anna @ annacampbell.info (no spaces) with your snail mail details and I’ll get your book off to you.