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.
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
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
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.
MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION
Revenge 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…
This post is part of a series of Q&A-type posts featuring authors who write romance fiction or fiction with romantic elements. Each post will feature the same set of questions or prompts. We tried to make them fun and easy for the authors—and we hope you enjoy them, too!