Anna Campbell Interview

Ester: Today I’m speaking with Anna Campbell. Hello, Anna! What made you decide to become a writer?

Anna: I was always a voracious reader, right from when I was a tiny tot. I think it was one of those things of monkey see, monkey do.

Ester: How long have you been writing professionally?

Anna: I sold in a three-book contract to Avon in April, 2006. I’ve been a full-time writer since then.

Ester: That’s fantastic! What do you do for fun when you aren’t writing?

Anna: I read other people’s writing! I started to write because I loved reading so much and that hasn’t changed. I see my friends and have a good giggle. I love to travel, especially in Europe and the United Kingdom.

Ester: Who or what inspires your writing?

Anna: Wonderful books and writers. Music. Beauty. My fantastic critique partner, Annie West, who writes for Harlequin. Life!

Ester: It’s great to have all that inspiration! What are your latest releases and when/where can we find them?

Anna: My most recent release is TEMPT THE DEVIL, which I call a Regency noir Affair to Remember.
When notorious rake, Julian Southwood, Earl of Erith, takes famous courtesan Olivia Raines as his mistress, neither know they are about to risk everything they value and embark upon a life-changing love.
TEMPT THE DEVIL was a Romantic Times Top Pick and NYT bestseller, Eloisa James, called it “truly, deeply romantic.”
Here’s my back cover blurb:

Any man in London would worship her. Yet Olivia is, quite frankly, bored with them all. Despite her many dalliances, she’s never felt true passion, never longed for any lover’s touch…until Julian, London’s most notoriously wanton rake, decides to make her his mistress.

From the moment he first saw her, Julian knew he must possess her. And when he discovers her greatest secret, a scandal that could ruin her reputation and end her career, he knows just the way to use this damaging information to his most delightful advantage. He offers Olivia a deal with the devil: he’ll keep her secret…if she allows him the chance to show her true ecstasy.

But Olivia must be careful, for Julian has a secret of his own: he will not rest until she is completely, shamelessly his.

You’ll find the blurb and an excerpt here: TEMPT THE DEVIL is available at all good bookstores and online at Amazon: sim b 1

Ester: Not only is your cover yummy, but the story sounds intriguing. Anna, after you got your first contract, were you asked to do revisions? How did that go?

Anna: I only had to do a few tiny tweaks on CLAIMING THE COURTESAN, so the whole revision process was considerably less painful than I expected. So far, my books haven’t needed major rewrites after I’ve sent them in to my editor.

Ester: Amazing. You must be thorough in your self-editing. Do you have any appearances/book signings scheduled this year? Where and when are they?

Anna: I came to the U.S.A. for the Romance Writers of America Conference in July in Washington, D.C. I love meeting readers at the big literacy signing that launches the conference. Keep an eye out in November 2009 for my next release, CAPTIVE OF SIN, a Regency noir marriage of convenience story. I’ll put a blurb, the cover, and an excerpt up on my website:

Ester: Thanks, Anna, for taking time to chat with me. Anna lives along the beautiful Sunshine Coast, about an hour north of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, and regularly blogs with the Romance Bandits at:

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14 Responses to Anna Campbell Interview

  1. Annie West says:

    Ooh, am I the first to comment? Hi Ester. Thanks for having Anna to visit.

    I think Anna's ability to get her books through with so little in the way of revisions is amazing too, especially when they're such intense, complex stories. Good on you, Anna! I'd love to know more about what sparks some of your ideas for such passionate plots, though I know there's no easy answer to that one. I think the level of intensity is a hallmark of your stories.

    I'm already looking forward to the release of Captive of Sin in about a week. Having seen a draft I know I'm in for a treat with your gorgeous ultra-honorable and wounded hero (and did I mention sexy?). Reading the final version will be fantastic.

    Oh, how cool to form part of your inspiration! Can I quote you on that?


  2. Sharon Archer says:

    Hi Anna
    Annie is so right when she says you write intense, complex stories. I've loved all your books; you paint such vivid pictures with your words. I can't wait to see Captive of Sin on the shelves Downunder. Your readers are going to love Gideon and Charis!

  3. Anna Campbell says:

    Annie, it's interesting where ideas come from. I know we've talked about that in the past. Sometimes I don't get it until after I've written the book, WAAAAY after I've written the book. Captive of Sin, the new one, was brewing for a while but really took shape when I read a book called The Great Game which talked about the Russians and the British vying for control of Central Asia in the Victorian era. Some of the British agents put Indiana Jones to shame and some of them paid the ultimate price for serving the empire. A lot of that fed into Gideon's character although because this was the Regency, the Brits were concentrating on India rather than Central Asia so that's where I set his back story.

  4. Anna Campbell says:

    Hey, Sharon, thanks for swinging by! And thank you for those lovely comments.

    Oh, Annie, meant to say thank you to you for those lovely comments too! Got tied up in talking research. You know how that distracts me!

    I can hardly believe Captive of Sin is so close to its release! Only a bit over a week, whooooo-hoooooo!

  5. Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) says:

    Hey Darling Anna! Swinging over from the Bandit Lair to say howdy. I can't WAIT for Captive of Sin! Wheee! Another Anna C book is almost here…counting the days.

    This was a great interview, Esther. Always fun to hear about other author's inspirations and how they work – esp when it's an author you admire so much. :> You and I've talked about inspirations before, Anna. News, people watching, college courses, books like The Great Game, etc. :>

    So, what was the initial germ for Untouched? I know you've called it a Beauty and the Beast story…

  6. Anna Campbell says:

    Jeanne, I actually think the germ (great word!) for Untouched was the fact that I was stuck in boarding school for five years. Definitely hints of Matthew's ordeal there, lol! But there's definitely hints of Beauty and the Beast. And Sleeping Beauty – although I think you could discuss who woke who up with a kiss. Hey, thanks so much for dropping over!

  7. Christine Wells says:

    Hi Ester, thanks for having Anna on your blog. Well, I can tell you I am really looking forward to Anna's imminent release (no, not her release from boarding school, her BOOK release!) CAPTIVE OF SIN! I am lucky that I get to read Anna's books in manuscript form but I always love it when they are on the shelves and I hear about readers loving these books as much as I do. They are in for a rare treat in the gorgeous, sexy, wounded Gideon. YUM!

  8. Vanessa Barneveld says:

    Hi, Anna and Ester!

    We do have a good giggle when you're not writing, don't we, Anna? Come to think of it, I pester you when you *are* writing and still manage to make your deadlines. Your covers are always to die for. And I daresay the stories in between are just as rich and passionate.

  9. Louisa Cornell says:

    Hello La Campbell !! Breaking my self-imposed writing exile to stop by and say G'day!

    You KNOW what a HUGE fan I am of all of your lovely, lovely men and the women who tame them. Kylemore was such a larger than life bad boy. What is it about the bad boy that attracts you? And then Matthew was just such a doll! How on earth do you manage to write such diverse heroes and make all of them ultra ALPHA and uber-sexy??

    Only a little over a week until I get Gideon in my grubby paws!

  10. Anna Campbell says:

    Hey, thanks, Christine! Actually I'm kinda flattered that you think I'm young enough still to be in boarding school. Or are you commenting on my ability to matriculate? Ouch! What a lovely wrap for my lovely Gideon! Only a bit more than a week to go now!

  11. Anna Campbell says:

    Hey, Miss Vanessa, nice to see you here. We do indeed have a good giggle! And your emails are one of the things that help me struggle through to that finish line. Wish we lived closer like we used to! Aren't the covers pretty?

  12. Anna Campbell says:

    Hiya Louisa! Waving madly. Thank you for leaving your writing cave for little ole' me, she said, batting eyelashes madly. Hey, what a lovely comment on my gorgeous boys. I have crushes on all my heroes – clearly I'm a flirt 😉 Actually I'm about to launch into a book that SHOULD feature a real bad boy. Mind you, I've said that before and the hero in question has had other ideas. I think women (in books at least!) respond to the challenge of the bad boy. Not so sure about real life!

  13. Helen says:

    Hi Anna
    Another great interview I love your books they have given hours of reading pleasure and I am soo looking forward to getting to know Gideon and Charis in Captive Of Sin. You always bring the characters of your books to life and make me feel part of the story.

    Have Fun

  14. Anna Campbell says:

    Helen, what a lovely compliment! Thank you so much. Gideon and Charis are champing at the bit to meet you too – they told me 😉

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