09 June, 2012

#Interview with Anna Campbell, #Author of Midnight's Wild Passion

Today we have Ms. Anna Campbell, talking to us about her Book "Midnight's Wild Passion" and her writing style.

An Interview With The Author

DDS: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hi Debdatta. Thanks for having me as your guest today. I’m an Aussie and I live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in south-east Queensland. After having lots of different jobs, I now write full-time.

DDS: What got you into writing?
I was a mad keen reader right from when I was a little girl. I think it’s a natural progression to wanting to tell my own stories as well as read other people’s.

DDS: Tell us about your book – ‘Midnight’s Wild Passion’.
Here’s the blurb:

London's most notorious seducer, Nicholas Challoner lives solely for revenge…

The dashing, licentious Marquess of Ranelaw can never forgive Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister - now the time has come to repay the villain in the same coin. But one formidably intriguing impediment stands in the way of Nicholas's vengeance: Miss Antonia Smith, companion to his foe's unsuspecting daughter.

Having herself been deceived and disgraced by a rogue - banished by her privileged family as a result and forced to live a lie - Antonia vows to protect her charge from the same cruel fate. She recognizes Ranelaw for the shameless blackguard he is, and will devote every ounce of her intelligence and resolve to thwarting him.

Yet Antonia has always had a fatal weakness for rakes…

You can read an excerpt here: http://annacampbell.info/wildpassion.html

DDS: What is the hardest part about writing a book?
I find writing first drafts difficult. I enjoy polishing the manuscript until it shines but I need a manuscript to polish before I can do that. Sigh.

DDS: What are your writing pet peeves?
I wish I knew why some days are diamonds and some days are stones, in the words of the immortal John Denver. When you’re writing in the zone, it’s magic but the zone seems to come and go completely on its own terms.

DDS: Who is your favourite Character? (one of your own creation – published/unpublished)
Oh, that’s like asking me to pick a favourite child! With no particular reason apart from that I’m having a good time writing him at the moment, I’ll choose Sir Richard Harmsworth from the second book in my “Sons of Sin” series (the first book ‘Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed’ is out at the end of September). Richard is a bit of a Scarlet Pimpernel character, very witty and cool and laidback, but he hides dark secrets that threaten those he loves.

DDS: Who is your favourite author & which is your favourite book?
My favourite author is Dorothy Dunnett who wrote a marvelous series set in the 16th century featuring the most fascinating tortured hero out there, Francis Crawford of Lymond. These books were published between 1961 and 1975 and they create an astonishingly rich world. The first one is ‘The Game of Kings’ but my favourite in the series would have to be the last one, ‘Checkmate’. They’re demanding reading but they repay the effort in spades.

DDS: Do any of your favourites influence your own writing?
Absolutely. I don’t think any writer can avoid being influenced by writers they love. For example, talking about the Dorothy Dunnetts, she taught me an awful lot about taking risks when I write and about how to create fascinating, multifaceted characters.

DDS: One thing readers would be surprised to know about you…
I love 80s synthesizer pop.

DDS: Besides writing, what else do you enjoy?
Reading (obviously), travel, music, getting together over a bottle of wine with good friends.

DDS: What, according to you, is the USP of this book?
‘Midnight’s Wild Passion’ is a classic Regency romance with Cinderella touches. Although given the transformation both my hero and heroine undergo, you could add Beauty and the Beast into the mix.

DDS: What’s next?
Lots happening for me at the moment. On 7th June, ‘The Mammoth Book of Ghost Romance’, featuring my novelette “The Chinese Bed” is out in print and e-book in the U.K. and as an e-book in North America (print to follow in August). You can read an excerpt from “The Chinese Bed” here: http://annacampbell.info/chinesebed.html At the end of September, the first book in the “Sons of Sin” series, ‘Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed’, hits the shelves in North America, Australia and New Zealand.  It’s a classic Beauty and the Beast story with gothic touches and I had a wonderful time writing the love story of scarred, reclusive Jonas Merrick and brave, reckless Sidonie Forsythe. 
You can read a blurb here: http://annacampbell.info/rogue.html

DDS: Anything else you would like to say to your readers/fans?
Thanks for taking my books to your hearts and an especially big thanks to the people who have spared the time to drop me a line to tell me you’ve enjoyed my stories.

DDS: How can your fans reach out to you?
I love hear from readers. E-mail me!
My website is updated every month with latest news.
I am on Facebook 
I can be found on Twitter (far too often!)
I’m on GoodReads 
I also blog with a wonderful group of writers called The Romance Bandits. Check us out, we’re lots of fun.

Raves & Reviews for Midnight's Wild Passion

“Anna Campbell put her unique mark of excellence on each historical romance book she writes.” ~~ Mary J. Gramlich

“I found this one of the best historical romances I have read in awhile!” ~~ Beth
“The settings were fantastic, the characters layered yet they did hold to the standards of what was expected, and the humor/barbing/bantering was excellent. ” ~~ Felicia  

Also, you have a chance to get your hands on a free Paperback Copy of "Midnight's Wild Passion". Enter yourself in my 250 Follower Giveaway where a copy of the book is up for grabs!!

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