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Anna Campbell

Posted on 20 December, 2011 at 16:56
G’day!
 
 
Only 4 more sleeps and Christmas is upon us. How exciting!
 
I adore Christmas and all that it brings. It is an occasion where you can spend quality time with your family and friends, you have the right to eat copious amounts of gloriously fattening foods and everyone’s spirits are on high. I hope you all have wonderful days planned with your loved ones. We will be enjoying a pig on the spit with our family and friends and I can’t wait!
 
 
Today we have the awesomely talented and super successful Anna Campbell with us. Anna writes dark, sexy Regency historical romance featuring dark, sexy Regency heroes and the women who captivate them. Her novels are available in North America, Turkey, Japan, Australia, Germany, France, Norway, Spain, Russia, Italy, Indonesia and Thailand! Phew…what an impressive list of countries!
 
 
Welcome, Anna, I am so thrilled to have you here today.
 
 
Where were you born, raised, schooled and what was the most mischievous thing you did when you were a child?
I was born in Brisbane in Queensland, Australia, and grew up at Redland Bay, a small farming district on the shores of Moreton Bay. My parents were avocado farmers. I went to boarding school in Ipswich outside Brisbane and went to uni at the University of Queensland where I did a degree in English lit and history. Kind of tailor-made for a historical romance writer, don’t you think? I wasn’t a terrifically mischievous kid, more dreamy and absent-minded. I could never put a book down until I finished it so I wrecked my eyes reading until late by the kitchen light shining up the hallway into my bedroom.
 
 
How long did it take you to get published and how did you feel when you were told you had a contract?
I finished my first full manuscript (a bodice-ripping medieval) after a number of false starts between leaving high school and starting uni. It was 27 years after that when I got my Avon contract. I think my main reaction was a feeling of disbelief. I’d really convinced myself I’d never be published so having a contract felt completely surreal.
 
 
 
 
What time of the day/night do you prefer to write and where do you like to write?
These days I’m lucky enough to have an office which I love to death. I write full time so I set a target for the day and keep going until I reach it. I used to be a morning writer but I think that’s changed over the years so my best time is mid to late afternoon now. I don’t write at night – definitely a lark rather than an owl.
 
 
Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming book? And what date it will be released?
I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you ;-) Well, it’s not quite that bad. I’ve just handed in my latest manuscript. No confirmed title yet. No confirmed release date although probably late next year. It’s a gothic Beauty and the Beast story set on the Devon coast and it’s the start of my very first series.
What I CAN tell you about is a wonderful 3-books-in-1 deal from HarperCollins in Australia and New Zealand (not available internationally sadly). Aussie and Kiwi readers can buy CLAIMING THE COURTESAN, TEMPT THE DEVIL and MY RECKLESS SURRENDER at a bargain price as an e-book bundle called THE COURTESAN COLLECTION, available from all good e-book retailers on 13 December. You can find information about the books on my website: http://annacampbell.info/books.html
 
 
Where do you find inspiration for your stories?
I’m not weaselling out of this question when I say everywhere. There are so many story ideas out there!
 
 
 
 
What is your favourite meal?
Rack of lamb with roast potatoes and steamed asparagus. Yum!
 
 
Who is your favourite Australian?
Oh, what a great question. Aside from wonderful people I know and love personally, I’d have to say tennis champion Pat Rafter. I think he’s a shining example of sportsmanship and philanthropy and an all-round credit to his nation.
 
 
What is your favourite Aussie saying?
“No worries” would have to be right up there. Although I love some of the colourful sayings like “he disappeared faster than a rat up a drainpipe” or “he was as flash as a rat with a gold tooth” – hmm, I wonder why rats feature so strongly!
 
 
 
 
Where would be your ideal place to holiday?
In Australia, if I could go anywhere, I’d go back to the Margaret River in Western Australia. It’s a stunningly beautiful part of the world with wonderful vineyards and pristine beaches and amazing forests full of huge trees. Internationally I’m madly in love with Scotland. It’s so beautiful, especially when the sun shines, which it does occasionally! ;-)
 
 
Thank you, Anna, for giving us a sneak peak into your amazing world. It’s been a pleasure having you.
 
 
Visit Anna on her website.  http://annacampbell.info/books.html
 
Thought for this week
“The most simple and natural things in life are normally the most profound.”
 
 
Next week our guest will be the wonderful Loretta Hill. Make sure you pop in to read about her debut novel, The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots, which will hit the selves on January 2nd.
 
 
Merry Christmas to you all! Thank you for supporting me throughout this year because without all of you, my writing career wouldn’t be possible. Big grateful hugs!
 
 
Until next week, keep smiling and dreaming
 
Ho Ho Ho!
 
Mandy :)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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301 Comments

Reply Sharon Archer
23:51 on 20 December, 2011 
Hey, Mandy and Anna! Great interview!

Anna, I love your pics and there's the black swans you've been telling me about! Mmm, and my mouth's watering over your fave meal - and I know from personal experience that your roast spuds are legendary!

"No worries" is right up there with my favourite Aussie sayings too - even though I'm a total worry wart! How does that work I wonder! LOL

;)
Sharon
Reply Kandy Shepherd
0:19 on 21 December, 2011 
Hi Mandy and Anna
Anna, I had to laugh at your Australianisms-they are unique and funny! A personal favourite of mine is when someone "stands out like a shag on a rock"--that really, really confuses my English friends!
I'm intrigued by the sound of your new series. I like revisiting characters from previous stories, as you sometimes do in your novels, so am looking forward to visiting your new series world!
All the best for an Aussie Christmas to both of you!
Reply Anna Campbell
0:35 on 21 December, 2011 
Sharon Archer says...
Hey, Mandy and Anna! Great interview!

Anna, I love your pics and there's the black swans you've been telling me about! Mmm, and my mouth's watering over your fave meal - and I know from personal experience that your roast spuds are legendary!

"No worries" is right up there with my favourite Aussie sayings too - even though I'm a total worry wart! How does that work I wonder! LOL

;)
Sharon

Sharon, I'm a worry wart too which is why 'no worries' works so well for me. It's like someone takes the weight off my shoulders every time I hear it. Aren't the swans gorgeous? We've now got six on the lake. Feel really blessed to see them every day. They're so beautiful. Sadly, my oven died in its boots a couple of weeks ago so I'm tonguing for a good old roast spud right now. Maybe I should come down and visit you! Purely for some roast therapy, you understand ;-)
Reply Anna Campbell
0:44 on 21 December, 2011 
Kandy Shepherd says...
Hi Mandy and Anna
Anna, I had to laugh at your Australianisms-they are unique and funny! A personal favourite of mine is when someone "stands out like a shag on a rock"--that really, really confuses my English friends!
I'm intrigued by the sound of your new series. I like revisiting characters from previous stories, as you sometimes do in your novels, so am looking forward to visiting your new series world!
All the best for an Aussie Christmas to both of you!

Kandy, isn't that funny? Our version of that saying is wet as a shag (with the rock being optional). As you can imagine, there are certain audiences when that saying creates TOTALLY the wrong impression! Writing a series is turning out to be really interesting - it means I'm flirting with multiple heroes at a time which I'm sure is bad for my morals, LOL! Happy Christmas to you too!
Reply Joanna Terrero
0:51 on 21 December, 2011 
Hello, ladies.
I have a confession to make, I’d felt in love with Australia while reading romance novels.
Anna, thanks for sharing these nice pictures. I’ll be looking forward to your new series.
Reply Anna Campbell
1:12 on 21 December, 2011 
Joanna Terrero says...
Hello, ladies.
I have a confession to make, I’d felt in love with Australia while reading romance novels.
Anna, thanks for sharing these nice pictures. I’ll be looking forward to your new series.

Hi Joanna! There are some wonderful Australian romance novels, aren't there? And I love the trend that's big here at the moment for rural romance. There's Mandy's books, of course, and I recently read Promises by Cathryn Hein which was great - full of horses and brawny farmers ;-) It was fun putting the pictures up!
Reply Jenn J McLeod
5:15 on 21 December, 2011 
Ahhhh - avocados, eh! So why has my beautiful avocado tree lost all its leaves and the baby-sized avos are dropping off? Damn it! Seriously, Anna knows she is my own personal star for many reasons. So lovely to learn more about you. Thx Mandy
Reply Anna Campbell
5:34 on 21 December, 2011 
Ha ha, Jenn! You came to the right place. There's a couple of possibilities. You could have phytophthera (root rot) in which case it's terminal. Sorry. Or it could have run out of top soil - they only grow in top soil. It's also possible it's hungry. You could need to add some trace elements (copper in particular) to the soil. Thanks for swinging by and HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
Reply Annie West
6:54 on 21 December, 2011 
Hi Anna,

What terrific Aussie sayings you've got. I love 'flash as a rat with a gold tooth'!

I can't wait for your series and gothic does it for me every time. In the meantime the ebook deal looks perfect for Christmas. I haven't yet got myself an ereader but I'm getting more and more tempted these days.

Thanks for sharing the lovely photos!
Reply Mandy Magro
8:02 on 21 December, 2011 
Hi Ladies :) A big thank you to all of you for popping in. It is wonderful to read all of your comments and to hear you are enjoying the Awesome Aussie Authors feature. We have some fantastic talent in this country of ours!
Cheers,
Mandy
Reply Helene
8:02 on 21 December, 2011 
Lovely interview as always Anna!

I love the saying 'as useful as an ashtray on a motor bike.' I have images of a Hells Angel searching frantically for somewhere to tap the ash off is rolley cigarette!

Look forward to reading a series by you - that will be fabulous!! And I do love a beauty and the beast story :)

Happy Christmas to you and Mandy. All the best for 2012!!
Reply Vanessa Barneveld
8:52 on 21 December, 2011 
Hi, Mandy and Anna! Fabulous interview! Gosh, I can't believe Christmas is almost upon us!

Anna, I was so jealous when you first told me about the avocado farm. :) Funny that I ended up buying an inner city house with its own avo tree in the backyard. We had a plentiful crop this year. May you be blessed with plentiful sales for your next Beauty and the Beast book!

Merry Christmas!
Reply Julia Phillips Smith
16:33 on 21 December, 2011 
Loved all the photos - especially the one of the parrot and the colorful flowers. Wow. The idea of an Anna Campbell medieval bodice ripper makes me long to actually read it. Any chance of that at any future time? As for favorite sayings: here in Nova Scotia we say 'Just drive 'er' or 'Give 'er' if we're encouraging someone to put some effort into it. Always makes me smile.
Reply Anna Campbell
17:35 on 21 December, 2011 
Annie West says...
Hi Anna,

What terrific Aussie sayings you've got. I love 'flash as a rat with a gold tooth'!

I can't wait for your series and gothic does it for me every time. In the meantime the ebook deal looks perfect for Christmas. I haven't yet got myself an ereader but I'm getting more and more tempted these days.

Thanks for sharing the lovely photos!

Annie, isn't the e-bundle terrific? All three books for $15 is pretty amazing! I haven't yet taken the e-reader plunge and probably wouldn't except that a lot of books I want to read are coming out as digital only. Yeah, the dentally enhanced rodent always makes me smile too ;-)
Reply Anna Campbell
17:37 on 21 December, 2011 
Mandy Magro says...
Hi Ladies :) A big thank you to all of you for popping in. It is wonderful to read all of your comments and to hear you are enjoying the Awesome Aussie Authors feature. We have some fantastic talent in this country of ours!
Cheers,
Mandy

Mandy, you're getting quite a who's who up on your blog. By the way, I love it. I love that photo on the home page - you make such a glam cowgirl ;-) Thanks for having me to visit today. It's been great fun!
Reply Anna Campbell
17:39 on 21 December, 2011 
Helene says...
Lovely interview as always Anna!

I love the saying 'as useful as an ashtray on a motor bike.' I have images of a Hells Angel searching frantically for somewhere to tap the ash off is rolley cigarette!

Look forward to reading a series by you - that will be fabulous!! And I do love a beauty and the beast story :)

Happy Christmas to you and Mandy. All the best for 2012!!

Helene, lovely to see you. Oh, I love the ashtray one. Makes me think of mammaries and the bull. ;-) Love the picture of the Hell's angel! Another one my mother loved was "rare as hen's teeth." And for some reason she loved to add 'little potatoes' to curses. So it was "Hell's bells - and little potatoes!" No idea where that one came from. Happy Christmas to you!!!
Reply Anna Campbell
17:43 on 21 December, 2011 
Vanessa Barneveld says...
Hi, Mandy and Anna! Fabulous interview! Gosh, I can't believe Christmas is almost upon us!

Anna, I was so jealous when you first told me about the avocado farm. :) Funny that I ended up buying an inner city house with its own avo tree in the backyard. We had a plentiful crop this year. May you be blessed with plentiful sales for your next Beauty and the Beast book!

Merry Christmas!

Hi Vanessa! How cool about the avocado tree in the backyard. They're original from Central and South America but they love Aussie's warm, humid conditions. Thanks for the good wishes for the sales. Personally I LOVE a Beauty and the Beast story - I'm hoping the world feels the same, LOL!
Reply Anna Campbell
17:46 on 21 December, 2011 
Julia Phillips Smith says...
Loved all the photos - especially the one of the parrot and the colorful flowers. Wow. The idea of an Anna Campbell medieval bodice ripper makes me long to actually read it. Any chance of that at any future time? As for favorite sayings: here in Nova Scotia we say 'Just drive 'er' or 'Give 'er' if we're encouraging someone to put some effort into it. Always makes me smile.

Julia, love the laconic 'drive 'er' or 'give 'er'. Somehow I can hear a weathered NS fisherman saying that! So glad you like the photos - it was fun digging them out and looking at them again. The parrots are rainbow lorikeets and they're noisy, greedy bullies - but very beautiful. An English friend of mine describes them as flying stained glass windows which is pretty apt. Those colors are amazing. I think my fave local parrot, though, is the rosella. They're more subtle colors (well, for an Aussie parrot - for an English bird, they're positively garish) and quite shy and they have a sweet little huffing whistle. The lorikeets shriek. When a palm flower is fermenting and hundreds attack the nectar (and get p*ssed as a parrot!), you can hear the noise for miles around.
Reply Anna Campbell
8:21 on 24 December, 2011 
Happy Christmas to you too, Jon!
Reply Anna Campbell
4:15 on 26 December, 2011 
Mandy, thank you for having me as your guest! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!