A quickie with…Anna Campbell

A quickie with…Anna Campbell
Anna Campbell - Photo by Robyn Hills - www.robyngraphs.com.auPhoto: Robyn Hills

Anna Campbell is one of Australia’s most beloved romance authors. She has won the Australian Romance Readers awards for Favourite Australian Author two years in a row, and for Favourite Historical Romance three years in a row. Stephanie Laurens coined the term ‘Regency noir’ to describe Anna’s debut novel, Claiming The Courtesan, a book which generated quite a bit of controversy among readers. Her latest book, Midnight’s Wild Passion, was released in May.

Website: www.annacampbell.info
Social networks: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Genre: Regency historical romance
Latest release: Midnight’s Wild Passion

Where you do your best writing

In my office at home. It’s an ideal writer’s space—plenty of storage, bookcases, music, a view over a garden, and just down the corridor from my bedroom so I can get there in my pajamas.

Favourite thing in your writing space

Oh, that’s easy! My Australian Romance Readers Association awards!

Best food and/or beverage to accompany a good read

I wish it was champagne but actually I usually have a cup of tea at my elbow.

One thing you would never do in the name of research

Get hands-on experience as a courtesan!

How friends and family would describe you two days before a deadline

Focused. Oh, no, that’s how I’d describe me. Friends and family? Probably ‘impossible’!

One book you’d save in an emergency and three words to describe it

My copy of Claiming The Courtesan signed by Bryan Ferry. Only need two words—BRYAN FERRY!

Your life in a book—what would the title be? In which genre or category would it be shelved?

Where Dust Bunnies Go to Die — Definitely next to Stephen King in the horror section!

One book you loved as a child

The Silver Brumby by Elyne MitchellThe Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell

Describe yourself as the heroine of a romance novel

Tall, slender, with flowing auburn hair past her supple waist. Flashing green eyes. Beestung lips (ouch!). A voice like a hundred cellos playing in unison. Yeah, right, I have a rich fantasy life!

Best advice for surviving the zombie apocalypse

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

Favourite method of procrastination


Do you kill fairies?

NOOOOOOOOOO! Fairies are officially safe at my place.


Avon/HarperCollins | 9780732291068 (C) | 9780061684302 (A) | 9780062079244 (E) | Excerpt

Midnight's Wild Passion by Anna CampbellRevenge never tasted so sweet…

Since boyhood, Nicholas Challoner, Marquess of Ranelaw, has plotted revenge against Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister’s life. Now he’s nearing his goal, only to find his plot impeded by the most intriguing woman he’s ever met. Mysterious Antonia Smith, with her sharp tongue, dowdy gowns and lush beauty, proves a formidable opponent. Seducing Antonia forwards his designs, except he soon finds he wants her for herself, not as a stepping stone to vengeance. And when she discovers his wicked intentions, she’ll loathe him forever.

For ten years, Lady Antonia Hilliard has lived a lie as the dour Miss Smith, companion to Cassandra Demarest. At seventeen, Antonia eloped with a man who turned out to be married. Her father disowned her, banishing her from her life as a pampered aristocrat. When the Marquess of Ranelaw, a notorious libertine, shows undue interest in Cassandra, Antonia vows to thwart him.

She knows what tragic consequences ensue when a rake turns an innocent girl’s head. But Ranelaw is an irresistible temptation and Antonia has always had a fatal weakness for rakes…

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  1. Hi Anna and Kat

    Bought the book and read it and absoultely loved it. Anna’s a fabulous story teller.

    Plus I’ve found a wonderful new romance website. I look forward to my invitation to guest star.

  2. Hi Kat! Thanks for putting this up today – it’s nice to see my silliness go public, LOL! So you think the zombies will have a sense of humour? No, neither did I. Although I think they specialise in deadpan humour!
    Bron, lovely to see you here. I think you would be a perfect denizen of Kat’s lair! And you should try and make it to an ARRA conference – maybe the next one. They’re huge fun! Thanks for saying such lovely things about Midnight! xxx

  3. Nas says:

    Hi Anna, Hello Kat.

    Lovely to take part in this quickie!

    I’m waiting eagerly for Midnight’s Wild Passion to hit our shores, which it didn’t so far.

    I would say add Anna’s Twitter as well in to her procrastination!

  4. Nas, I did this a few weeks ago before Twitter had had a chance to affect my life. Oy!!!! That Twitter is EVOL!!!! Thanks for swinging by. Sorry you’ve had trouble finding Midnight.

  5. Anna Cowan says:

    it’s been a while since a new romance release has really grabbed me. A couple of weeks into a new budget, though, Meredith Duran and Loretta Chase both release new books, and now this…. urgh, the jar simply does not hold enough coins in a week!

    It sounds absolutely delicious, Anna.

  6. Kat says:

    Thanks for stopping by, guys! I need to get my hands on Anna’s new book. I don’t know why I don’t already have it. Wait. I do know. I saw it at Dymocks but they had one copy left and a corner of the cover was slightly bent so I thought I’d wait for new stock. I need it to be pristine to go with my set! I must find out if they’ve ordered more. (BTW, Anna, your cover heroes always seem to be in danger of catching pneumonia. :D)

    As for zombies…do you know we apparently have zombie romances now? I’m too scared to read one. Rotting body parts are…not that romantic!

  7. Annie West says:

    Anna, it’s lovely to see you here. Had a lovely chuckle over your interview. If you ever want to give up that Bryan Ferry book, just let me know. Thanks for the interview – it’s been fun!

  8. Kat, get thee to Dymocks – sure beats the nunnery! Yeah, my poor guys definitely have wardrobe malfunction, don’t they? Mind you, at least they’re not zombies! Thanks for having me here today!

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