As part of Australian Romance Month, Romance Specialist Haylee Nash will be interviewing one Australian Romance author per day. Much like a beauty pageant, each author will be using their charm, wit and grace (and the power of social media) to take home the Booktopia Romance Bestseller crown. Booktopia invites bestselling historical romance author Anna Campbell to the stage.
1. Describe the perfect date.
A handsome rake whisking me off to a glamorous Regency ball – and me being skinny enough to look good in an empire line (hey, this is my fantasy, I can do whatever I want, right?).
2. Which of your books are you most proud of?
That’s kind of like asking someone to pick their favourite child! I think I’ll go for the obvious choice and pick A Rake’s Midnight Kiss which is out in August. I had a very distinct picture in my mind of an elegant witty man in the style of the Scarlet Pimpernel who became a hero in spite of himself when he fell in love. I hope I achieved this with Sir Richard Harmsworth.
3. What is the hardest thing about being a romance author?
Staying away from the internet!
4. What is the best thing about being a romance author?
Going to work in my pajamas.
5. Who (aside from a significant other) do you swoon over?
That’s no secret! I’ve been a huge Richard Armitage fan since I saw that knockout BBC series North and South. The ending of that? MOST ROMANTIC SCENE EVER!
8. What is your definition of a good book?
Something that keeps me glued to the pages late into the night and leaves me on a big fat emotional high when I close the cover for the last time. A really good book then sends me into a mourning period – for a while after I finish it, I can never quite find the right book to replace its goodness.
9. Which author would you invite to a dinner party and why?
After becoming a firm fan of Elizabeth Peters of Amelia Peabody and Vicky Bliss series fame, I’d love to meet her. She seems to know everything and I think she’d be hilariously funny, just like her books.
10. Finish this sentence: I would do anything for love, but I won’t do_____
When Anna Campbell was 8, her mother was so desperate to shut her up that she gave her a Mills & Boon romance. Anna was immediately hooked. The vivid emotion and the fact that a woman was so central to the story made those books precious to her. She still feels that way about a good romance. Anna has been voted Australia’s Favourite Romance Author by the Australian Romance Readers Association and her books are published in Turkey, Japan, Australia, Germany, France, Norway, Spain, Russia, Italy, Indonesia and Thailand.