Author Interview & Giveaway: Anna Campbell

Happy December Readers, I am so THRILLED to have the fabulous Anna Campbell on the blog today. I discovered her books through the wonderful Nancy Goodman (check out here awesome blog here) and my summer was full of great reads. Ms. Campbell is stopping by today to answer some questions about her writing, life and reading. Don’t forget to comment- One of you will win a copy of one of her books. Please welcome the fantastic Anna Campbell!!

Hi Lindsey! Thank you so much for having me as your guest today!

Questions:

13512914RRG: What inspired you to write the Sons of Sin series?
AC: If you’ve followed my career, you know that all my earlier books are stand alones (although a couple of them have VERY loose connections in terms of place or characters). When Grand Central Publishing expressed strong interest in SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED, they wanted a series. Eeek! I’d written 7 Nights as a stand-alone. Not only that, the hero was an out-and-out loner and had to be for the story to work. So I went back to the drawing board and thought about themes in 7 Nights. A really strong one concerned a man outcast because of his illegitimate birth. The Regency is a period where bloodlines were terrifically Days of Rakes and Roses final-72important in high society (suspect they still are!), so having a black cloud hanging over your legitimacy was an awful fate. I thought about how that would affect three very different men, I made the three team up against bullying as schoolboys at Eton, and voila! I had my series. Currently, there’s SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED, A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS and WHAT A DUKE DARES, with a novella about Cam’s sister DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES, and a fourth book in the works featuring the Marquess of Leath. I’m not sure what will happen with the series after that, but I’d love the chance to do at least one more novella.

RRG: If you gave one of your characters an opportunity to speak for themselves, what would they say?
AC: I think they’d all say, “What have we done to you that you put us through such a terrible mill before we get our happy ending?” LOL!

16007701-1RRG: Speaking of characters, who is in control you or the character?
AC: Ha ha, I wish I was! Actually, all jokes aside, once the characters start acting outside my jurisdiction, it means the book is coming alive. After writing nine books now, I’ve learned that I need to trust my subconscious. It knows far much more than my conscious mind does.

RRG: Who are some of your favorite heroes and heroines in romance novels?
AC: How long have you got? I’ve been a mad keen reader all my life which means a lot of favorites. I think my all-time favorite hero would have to be Francis Crawford who features in a fabulous series of books called The Lymond Chronicles by late, great Dorothy Dunnett. My favorite heroine would probably be Jane Eyre because she’s so strong in herself. In romance, some of my faves would include Rupert from MR. IMPOSSIBLE by Loretta Chase, Anna from A COUNTESS BELOW STAIRS by Eva Ibbotson, Jervaulx from FLOWERS FROM THE STORM by Laura Kinsale and Milla from CRY NO MORE by Linda Howard. I’m also madly in love with Julia Spencer-Fleming’s mystery series which features two wonderful main characters in Claire Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyne.

RRG: As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
AC: I pretty much knew I wanted to be a writer from the moment I got hooked on Enid Blyton at the age of about six or seven. I flirted with things like ballet dancer and concert pianist, but always came back to writing. Given my complete lack of coordination, I think I probably made the right decision!

RRG: Where in the world would you like to visit?
AC: I love to travel! I’m hoping to do a research trip to the United Kingdom next year. Definitely overdue to go back there. As far as places where I haven’t been before, I’d love to see the historical sites in Turkey and I’d love to see the art and the ballet in Russia.

RRG: Do you drink tea? If so, how do you take it?
AC: Do I drink tea? Like it’s going out of fashion! I always have a cup of tea at my elbow when I’m working. It seems to get my brain working. And I’m not fit to talk to in the morning until I’ve had at least one cup. I’m fairly old school. I don’t particularly like herbal teas or flavored teas. Just a nice English breakfast, fairly strong, with plenty of milk and no sugar.

RRG: Can you tell us what you are currently working on?
AC: I’ve just handed in the manuscript of the third Sons of Sin book, WHAT A DUKE DARES, Cam’s story. That will be out late August 2014. I’m about to start on the fourth book, title to be confirmed, which is about the Marquess of Leath who plays a major role in Cam’s book. That should be out sometime in 2015.

Anna Campbell 43970006Favorites:
Quote: “The heart has its reasons that reason cannot know,” Blaise Pascal
Season: Spring, especially in the Northern Hemisphere
Beverage: Champagne!
Candy: Lindt Peanut Butter Balls
Holiday: Christmas
Animal: Arab horse

*GIVEAWAY* From Anna Campbell: I’d love to know your favorite quote. I’ve been using the Pascal one for a while now so it probably needs to be retired! I’ve got a signed copy of my latest historical romance, A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS (international) to give away to someone who leaves a comment.

You can find books by Anna Campbell on Amazon.

Thank you for being on my blog today, Anna!

-Romance Reader Girl

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46 thoughts on “Author Interview & Giveaway: Anna Campbell

  1. Nothing like waking up to see two of your favorite people together! I don’t really know who said this but my favorite quote is “Friends are the family you choose for yourself” You all know I’ve already read all Anna’s books, so don’t enter me. Can’t wait for your Dude, Anna…. 🙂

  2. Have to agree with you Anna on Francis Crawford . Am a Dunnett fan as well allthough i prefer her other hero Nicholas de Fleury, An so wanting to read this series but they are not on Kindle here in UK yet . I adore series . Don’t enter me as I want them all in kindle . Have read Anna’s books in the past

  3. I loved the Sons of Sin series; Jonas was a great hero. I really liked the awkward friendship between Jonas and his former schoolmates.Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  4. Hullo Anna, am sooo glad knowing tht we have the same favorite Heroine, Milla in Cry no More by Linda Hiward. It never failed sqeezing my eyes fry everytime i read the book. I also love Enid Blyton, thanks to our old homey public libraries, i lost in Secret Seven, Famous Five and Mallory Tower adventures.
    My fav quote i took from my other fav Historical writer :
    “A man who wanted nothing, had the world at his feet.
    A man who yearned for something, was doomed to disappointment n heartache”
    Taken from The Luckiest Lady in London, by Sherry Thomas.
    My

  5. Hi Anna,
    I enjoyed this interview, and the quick snapshot of your world. Good luck with the Marquess of Leath’s story. I’m looking forward to it. As you know I love your Sons of Sin stories.
    It’s too early in the morning for me to think of a great quote, but then as I have all your books, I can’t go in the draw. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I’m a sucker for a quote and I have tons of favorites I couldn’t pick one.
    For book related maybe this one: “So many books, so little time” by Frank Zappa. 🙂

    I read the first book of the series and I loved it. A lot! Can’t wait to read the next one.
    Thank you for the interview! I always love it when the author talks about/to their characters. ^^

  7. Hi Anna and RRG! Terrific interview and I enjoyed finding out the background behind your Sons of Sin series, Anna. I love the way your first two stories stand on their own but have that link so I feel as though I’ve “met” some of the characters before. Can’t wait for the next in the series to hit the shelves! I just ducked over to your website to see when that might be… and I realised that A Rake’s Midnight Kiss only came out in September! LOL I’m just going to have to visit my keeper shelf for an Anna C fix while I curb my impatience!

    Though I did make a fortuitous discovery while I was there – I headed over to Amazon when I saw you were in an Anthology “A Grosvenor Square Christmas”. It’s free at the moment! I feel as though I got an early Christmas present!

  8. Hi, Anna! Hi, Lindsey! Fabulous interview! Anna, I hope you’re still drinking tea out of your Grumpy Cat mug.

    As I’m hopelessly late here, I shall say my current favourite quote is “I have been on a calendar, but never on time” by Marilyn Monroe. I’m no MM, but I can say I’ve been on a calendar!

    No need to enter me in the draw as I have all of Anna’s books. 🙂

  9. Hi Anna *waves* My fav quote is “Always remember to be happy because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile”

  10. Not sure who said it, but here’s one I try to remember when things get difficult, thos I know it’s not always true for everyone ‘If money can fix it, it’s not a problem’ – that speaks to those things that money can’t always fix, like poor health,

  11. I enjoyed the interview. I don’t really have a favorite quote. I generally only tend to remember one-liners from movies and TV shows, and I wouldn’t say any of them are favorites.

  12. You can never go wrong with an Anna Campbell book!

    One of my favorite quotes:
    “Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”
    ― Stephen King

  13. Hi Anna and RRG

    Anna, as you know I am a great fan of your books right back to CLAIMING THE COURTESAN.
    I’m loving the Sons of Sin series–SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED is a favorite and I’m half way through A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS and really enjoying that too. I like linked books and the idea between this series is very appealing.
    No need to put me in the draw–I have all your books and looking forward to the next one!

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