ANNA CAMPBELL (eng)
I am happy that Anna answered my interview questions and that she is first author from Australia, that was so kind, to do that interview. Thank you Anna.
A little about Anna:
Anna comes form Australia and as a child she knew what she wanted to become as an adult. She followed her dreams and it was very successful. In Slovenia, we have translated two of her books from the Sons of Sin series, Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed and A Rake's Midnight Kiss.
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1. Who is Anna Campbell?
Hi Jasmina! Hello, Slovenian romance readers! I can't tell you how happy I am that my books are coming out in your beautiful country.
Let me introduce myself. I'm an Australian and I live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Those of you who follow me on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AnnaCampbellFans/?pnref=lhc) will have seen the photos of the lovely beach I walk beside every morning.
My dream was always to be a writer and it finally came true when I sold my first book, Claiming the Courtesan, to Avon in New York in 2006. One of the things I love about my career is that I've met so many wonderful people all around the world. Romance fiction truly is an international language. You can find out more about me and my books on my website: www.annacampbell.com
2. What do you like to read, who is your favorite author and the best book?
Oh, that's such a tough question! I'm a dedicated reader and my favourites change all the time. Here's a couple. Pride and Prejudice, obviously, because it's such a classic romance. Ditto for Jane Eyre. I love Dorothy Dunnett's magnificent Lymond series set in the 16th century. Some of my favourite romance writers are Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Loretta Chase, Eva Ibbotson, and Liz Carlyle.
3. What is your bad habit?
Ooh, that would be telling!
4. What do you do to relax your mind?
Well, read, obviously! I also go for long walks and listen to music. I used to play the piano but sadly my antique piano has a cracked soundboard so it's out of action right now.
5. Did you get some funny or unusual gift from fans?
I've received some very nice gifts from readers! I think the most unusual one I received was a dog bowl with Wolfram printed on it. Wolfram was the hero's dog in my second book Untouched and he received a stack of fan mail on his own account. What makes that even funnier is that I don't have a dog!
6. Where do you get inspiration for all these great stories and characters?
You know, inspiration is everywhere (and thank you for saying such nice things about the books!). Often it's something historical – I've recently come back from a three-month research trip to the United Kingdom with a head buzzing with ideas. I particularly love touring stately homes and hearing the stories about the families that lived in them. It's amazing how often that sparks an idea for a story.
7. Do you have a special place where you write your stories?
Before I was published, I had a desk in the corner of the bedroom in my tiny flat in Sydney with a lovely view of the toilet windows in the block of flats next door. These days, my workspace is much more appealing. I look out onto the garden and I've got a whole room to work in!
8. How do you research for your books? That stories become unique.
Thank you! I often use real settings (or piece together bits of real settings). I read a lot of nonfiction and that sparks ideas for stories. These days, I know the Regency period pretty well so I know if a story will work in that era. Often, though, there's something specific I need to look up for a particular story, even if it's only something basic like how long a coach took to get from London to York.
9. Why did you decide to write dark, sexy historical books?
Actually I'm not sure I did decide – it depends on the story that comes to me. The first Sons of Sin story, Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed, is very dark, sexy and gothic, whereas the second one, A Rake's Midnight Kiss, is a bit lighter although it has its dangerous moments. Most of my books are pretty steamy, but the tone otherwise depends on the characters and the situation.
10. Have you thought about writing a book in any other genre? Which one would it be?
Right now, I'm in love with writing historical romance. All that passion and scandal and drama, who wouldn't be? If I changed genres, I think I'd write historical mystery but for the present, I'm happy to wallow in the Regency period and all those ladies and rakes.
11. Tell me more about Sons of Sin trilogy? That is all we have translated here in Slovenia, not all but just first two books. What inspired you? Where did you get an idea for this trilogy?
Actually the Sons of Sin are four full-length novels and two novellas, and the good news is that the third and fourth books should appear in Slovenia (I don't have dates at this stage). No word on the novellas in Slovenia yet, but you live in hope. The Sons of Sin idea originated in a conversation I had with my critique partner, Annie West. We were talking about fairytale themes in romance and I got a really vivid picture in my head of that opening scene in Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed when Sidonie turns up at Jonas's creepy castle in the middle of a thunderstorm. At that stage, I had no idea where it went from there, but I had goosebumps at what a great start that was for a romance novel. Definitely Beauty and the Beast! When Grand Central bought Seven Nights, they wanted to turn it into the first book in a series. Jonas had a couple of friends who appeared in Seven Nights, and they became the heroes of the other books.
12. I am from Slovenia and i wonder when you first heard about Slovenia? Did you google it?
Actually Australia has immigrants from all over the world, and I had a neighbour from a Slovenian family who lived in the same building in Sydney. She had beautiful photos of her visits to your lovely country. One day I'd love to come over and see you all!
13. What would be your message for the readers of Slovenia?
Thank you so much for embracing my Sons of Sin stories! I'm so happy that my books are available in Slovenia and I hope we'll be talking to each other for many years to come.
Anna has a question for Slovenian readers:
Why do you like to read historical romance?