Wednesday, March 6, 2013

HNSS Author Interview: Anna Campbell

Queenslander ANNA CAMPBELL has written six historical romances for Avon HarperCollins and her work is published internationally, including in the United States, Germany, Russia, Turkey and Japan. Anna has won numerous awards for her sweeping, emotional stories set in the first quarter of the 19th century. These awards include 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 most popular historical romance (four times). She has twice been nominated for Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA Award and three times for Australia's Romantic Book of the Year. The Australian Romance Readers Association voted Anna their favourite Australian romance author of 2009, 2010 and 2011 and Anna has been nominated again this year. In 2012, Anna launched an exciting new publishing venture with her first series "Sons of Sin", beginning with ‘SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE'S BED’ in October 2012, followed in September 2013 with ‘A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS’.

Multi-award winning writer Anna Campbell

These are a few of my favourite things….

Could you please share with us what is or was your favourite:

1.    Book as a child and as a teenager?

As a child, I loved A DREAM OF SADLER’S WELLS by Lorna Hill (English aspiring ballet dancers). As a teenager, it was probably WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte. All that windswept passion!

2.    Author/authors?

I adore Dorothy Dunnett’s amazing historical novels, especially the Lymond Chronicles. The best tortured hero ever and the books are a whole universe.

3.    Period of history?

I’m fairly eclectic, although I’ve got a special fondness for European history, especially British history. My books are set in the U.K. in the first quarter of the 19th century which was a fascinating era.

4.    Character in one of your own books?

The squeaky wheel gets the oil so I’ll choose Sir Richard Harmsworth, the hero of A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS, the book I’ve just handed in. He’s a Scarlet Pimpernel character who hides a secret sorrow beneath wit and elegance. 

5.    Scene you enjoyed writing?

I love writing dialogue so I enjoy that prickly back and forth between the hero and heroine.  

6.    Place to write?

I wrote for many years in the corner of my bedroom in a tiny flat in Potts Point in Sydney with a glorious view of the neighbours’ toilet windows. These days I have a lovely office with a view of my garden. MUCH nicer.

7.    Step in the process of writing? E.g. researching, drafting, editing etc

I love researching. It’s MUCH easier than writing which means it can be a bit of a trap. The part of writing I like is taking the raw material of the dirty draft and shaping it into something readable. No, actually the part of writing I like is having written, to paraphrase Dorothy Parker.  

8.    Method of writing i.e. longhand or typing?


9.    TV program /movie?

Right now, Sherlock.

10.  Comfort food?

Smith’s barbecue chips

First instalment in the exciting new 'Sons of Sin' series

Synopsis of Anna Campbell’s latest novel:

“SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED” (Grand Central Publishing/HarperCollins Australia, October 2012):


Desperate to save her sister's life, Sidonie Forsythe has agreed to submit herself to a terrible fate: Beyond the foreboding walls of Castle Craven, a notorious, hideously scarred scoundrel will take her virtue over the course of seven sinful nights. Yet instead of a monster, she encounters a man like no other. And during this week, she comes to care for Jonas Merrick in ways that defy all logic-even as a dark secret she carries threatens them both.


Ruthless loner Jonas knows exactly who he is. Should he forget, even for a moment, the curse he bears, a mere glance in the mirror serves as an agonizing reminder. So when the lovely Sidonie turns up on his doorstep, her seduction is an even more delicious prospect than he originally planned. But the hardened outcast is soon moved by her innocent beauty, sharp wit, and surprising courage. Now as dangerous enemies gather at the gate to destroy them, can their new, fragile love survive?

                                                                                                 by Elisabeth Storrs


  1. Barbecue Chips. A woman after my own heart.

  2. Fiona, we need to have a BBQ chips marathon sometime when we get together. Seriously, they're addictive!

  3. Nice interview, Anna! I love your books--looking forward to reading A RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS.

    A DREAM OF SADLER'S WELLS sounds familiar but I can't remember if I've read it or not. Must go and look it up.

    1. Thanks for swinging by, Christina! A Dream of Sadler's Wells is fab - this orphaned ballet student gets sent up to stay with her relatives in Yorkshire far away from ballet schools and she has all sorts of adventures and ends up as a prima ballerina! Way cool!