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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Spotlight Author with Anna Campbell

Welcome back Anna. It is always a pleasure having you here. I can’t wait to hear about your latest release, MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION. So please let’s not waste any time. Give us all the assorted details.

Hi Micole! Delighted to be back. I had a ball last time. Thanks so much for inviting me to blog about MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION. I’m really excited about this book. It’s the only book of mine that seemed to come as a gift from above – usually I really struggle with first drafts but this one just wanted to be told. Mind you, I adore my two principal characters, Antonia Smith and Nicholas Challoner, the Marquess of Ranelaw. They’re both strong people, some might even saypigheaded, and it was great to watch the sparks fly between them. When Ranelaw sets out to wreak revenge on his sister’s seducer, he doesn’t count on encountering opposition from the intriguing Antonia Smith who knows all about rakes and their tricks. Actually that makes the book sound much lighter than it is – there’s a lot of emotional upheaval before these two get their happy ending. It’s the closest I’ve come to writing a classic Regency romance – there are balls and house parties and a duel and an elopement – but there’s still plenty of drama as well. You can read the official blurb and an excerpt on my website here: http://www.annacampbell.info/wildpassion.html

Are your books considered a series? If yes how many more are expected to grace the shelves?

Each book is a stand-alone although there’s a very loose link between CLAIMING THE COURTESAN, TEMPT THE DEVIL and MY RECKLESS SURRENDER. More in terms of, “Oh, I get that reference,” than a continuing story.

What do Anna Campbell fans have to look forward to in 2011?

Lots of Facebook posts? Seriously, I’m addicted to Facebook. By the way, if you want to find me there, I’d love to see you on my Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/AnnaCampbellFans I do a lot of giveaways there and basically shoot the breeze. Oh, you mean books, Micole? Why didn’t you say so? MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION is just out now. I’ve also got a Regency ghost romance story coming out in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF GHOST ROMANCE in September. You can read an excerpt here: http://www.annacampbell.info/chinesebed.html

What type of hero do you find irresistible?

I like courage, intelligence and a sense of humor. I want him to become a man of honor in the course of the story even if he isn’t one at the start. I like flawed characters if they learn the error of their ways by the end! A certain amount of self-deprecation is always attractive – Ranelaw definitely mocks his pretensions. One of the things I find irresistible in a hero is that he’s passionately fixated on the heroine. That always works for me – especially if he wishes he wasn’t! It never hurts if he’s gorgeous physically but what really grabs me in a hero is his character not his looks.

Do you ever think of expanding your stories and writing another genre? If yes, what genre would it be?

You know, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE historicals. I really have no ambitions to write anything else. I love the way a good historical sweeps you away into a dramatic, larger-than-life, glamorous world. And hey, the clothes are great in Regencies too!

Where does your inspiration come from?

Inspiration is everywhere! Things happening around me, books (I read a lot of nonfiction which I find is wonderful for sparking story ideas), films, the odd quirks of the imagination.

Do you have any advice for writers about submitting your work?

Don’t rush. Do the hard yards to make sure that piece is as good as you can make it before you send it to an agent or editor so the chances of them saying yes are as high as possible. That means putting the work aside for long enough to get some distance from it before you start editing, that means taking a long hard look at it when you DO edit it. You might like to get some feedback before you submit if you’re lucky enough to have a trusted reader or a crit group. Writing contests are great too – you’ll get feedback from total strangers. It can be a nasty shock but it can also be extremely useful.

Please tell us where we can find out more about you and all of your amazing books.

So glad you asked, Micole. I’m pretty easy to track down. The best place to find out about me and the books is definitely the website – www.annacampbell.info As you’ve gathered, I’m a Facebook maven - http://www.facebook.com/AnnaCampbellFans HarperCollins have a page with fun things like what I’m reading and what’s the last good film I saw - http://harpercollins.com/authors/31961/Anna_Campbell/index.aspx I’m also on Good Reads -http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/296477.Anna_Campbell I blog with some great writers over on the Romance Bandits. http://romancebandits.blogspot.com I do a book review on the 24th of each month on the Romance Dish - http://www.theromancedish.com/

Thank you again for being a guest on my blog.

Thanks, Micole! I’d like to give away a signed copy of MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION to someone who leaves a comment today. So just a question to get the conversation going - I listed the many places you can find me on the web. How do your readers like to follow an author? Website? Blogs? Facebook? Other? Or would you rather authors remain mysterious creative beings at a far distance?

Okay readers, you’ve read the interview and now the questions she would like answered. Make sure to comment! Maybe you will be the lucky winner of today’s giveaway! Good luck everyone and thank you for stopping in.

Hugs

Micole

60 comments:

Connie Wood said...

Hi Micole, hi Anna,
Great interview and I am really dying to get my hands on your new release Anna (shopping trip Thursday night, lol) and I can't wait till your ghost story in September, sounds intreguing.
Take care,
Cheers
Connie Wood

Jennifer Tanner said...

Hi Micole & Anna!

Okay...at last! I've finished MWS! You've done it again. Antonia is one of my favorite historical heroines. I can't use too many adjectives because I need to use them later in my review, but you did it again.

Channeling Mame Denis and tossing my boa over my shoulder, I say, "What a feast!"

Cheers!
Jen

lindsey hutchison said...

hi Micole and Anna

Awesome interview. I love it when a author interacts with us readers. i follow the authors through facebook. before i would also follow on twitter but i deactivated that. i first posted on a authors status update thinking nothing would happen. then when they responded it was so awesome to me. cause i only knew them as the people who created the words i would get lost in and it made you guys more real to me. so now i find all the authors i adore and new ones people tell me bout and hunt down there books but enjoy the interaction. you are a prime example in what i love Anna you interact and joke with us regularly. thanks for that. it means alot to me

Renee and Stacey said...

Hi Anna and Micole i'm a new follower to the blog.
Great interview. :)
I love to follow on facebook and blogs. I find i get to know the Authors more. I've met so many amazing Authors through facebook.

Thanks! :)

Stacey Clifford

Tona said...

Hi
Anna and Micole, my favorite place to follow a writer is in FB but I also like blogs which I normally find when they are mentioned in FB.
Thanks Micole for having Anna here today, it's always a pleasure to hear from her. I love her books! :) One of the things I like the most about them is precisely what she just mentioned about the main character (the male character) the "courage, intelligence and a sense of humor"
I was also glad to hear that you are going to have a ghost story Anna! I'll be looking forward to reading that one.
Have a wonderful day ladies. Great blog Micole, I will be adding you to my list.
Delia

CrystalGB said...

Hi Anna. Great interview. I love the cover to Midnight's Wild Passion.
I like to follow an author through newsletters, blogs, facebook and twitter.
Crystal816[at]hotmail[dot}com

Jerriann Graff said...

Hi Anna, I love following my favorite authors on face book, as you I am also addicted to it. I can't wait for your newest to come out. Keep on writing.

May said...

Hi, Micole and Anna.

Anna has done so many interviews this last few weeks but I found that she has something new to say in each blog! :) I do love historical romances so really looking forward to this one!

sheila said...

Good morning ladies. Great interview and I love Anna and hope to win this book.

jo robertson said...

Great interview, Micola and Anna. I just purchased Midnight's Wild Passion for my Kindle and can't wait to read it! I know this one's going to be the best EVAH!

I like to look at an author's website because it tells me a lot about her, what she looks like among them, but also the "feel" of her writing. Anna's, of course, is loverly!

Anna Campbell said...

Thanks so much, Connie! So glad you're looking forward to reading MIDNIGHT'S WILD PASSION. The ghost story was really interesting to write - short stories always are, even if they're 13,000 words. I had to incorporate the supernatural element and then cover TWO separate love stories. Always nice to stretch myself as a writer and I think this did.

gamistress66 said...

I like to visit the author's web site for info on the author and her books. I've come to enjoy following authors on blogs & facebook to "get to know them" better as well as get a better feel for how the author's personality/style influences their writing. I've not gotten into twitter after all, I do need some time to work to pay for all the wonderful books and time to enjoy them :)

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Jen, REALLY???!!! Oh, I'm so pleased you loved this book! Thank you! Can't wait to see the review! Adjectives rock! Oh, love Mame D - as you know, because we've talked about her before. Love the "What a feast!" line!

Anna Campbell said...

Lindsey, thank you! As you can probably tell, I get a huge kick out of talking to readers. Basically I'm a reader too! I love that romance writers are such a welcoming lot too - it's interesting, if ever there's a charity or a fundraiser for a good cause, the romance writers are always in there first. I have a theory it's because we're interested in relationships, that's why we write the books we do. Oh, and you shouldn't encourage me to tell jokes - you'll unleash a monster! ;-)

Anna Campbell said...

Stacey, I LOVE Facebook (as you've probably guessed, it's not like I'm only on there five minutes a day!). I love that it's such an immediate way to respond to conversations. Glad you enjoyed the interview - thank you!

Anna Campbell said...

Delia, I love Micole - we've been emailing for a while now and I was her guest last year for Reckless and had a wonderful time here. Thanks so much for swinging by so many of the blogs - you deserve a medal! So glad you're an admirer of my heroes - they're flawed men but they always find their moral compass before they're done. Love that bit!

Anna Campbell said...

Crystal, you're a buddy coming around so many of the blogs! Always lovely to see you. When I grew up as a reader, writers were very distant. It wouldn't have occurred to me to expect Enid Blyton to talk back to me (although I would have loved it if she did). I love that now we can talk to writers we love!

Anna Campbell said...

Thanks so much, Jeriann. I've noticed a lot of us seem to conduct our internet interactions on Facebook these days. I know it's where I'm mostly talking to readers now. Great stuff! Thanks for saying such nice things about the books!

Anna Campbell said...

Hi May! The blog tour starts to wind down after today. I've got two tomorrow and then a couple more scattered over the next few weeks but the onslaught is over (phew!). It's always fun to talk to so many readers over such a concentrated period and about a book I loved to write so I'm certainly not complaining! Yay that you're a big historical fan!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hi Micole and Fo!

What a GREAT interview! I'm sure MWP is FABULOUS, same as all the other Anna Campbell Regency Noir stories. ;-)

Facebook IS addictive, isn't it? I pop on there WAY too often to get the latest goss.

AC

Anna Campbell said...

Hi Sheila! Great to see you again. Thanks for saying such nice things!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, thanks so much, Jo! As you know, a couple of months ago, I did a major website redesign. The first look was very gothic, which certainly fitted in with those first two books but I think the more recent stuff is moving into sensual romanticism and that's definitely the look Paula put together for me. I must say, I love a great website too - gives a feel for the author like nothing else. Well, nothing else except reading her books! I still think the books are the best point of contact. Thanks for swinging by. Hope you enjoy Midnight!!!

Anna Campbell said...

AC, I think that 'latest' thing is one of the real draws of Facebook. These days, I get my news from Facebook before anywhere else! Isn't that amazing? I think it's a revolution in communication. Thanks for swinging by from the Bandits Lair to say hello!!!

Anna Campbell said...

Gamistress, I haven't joined Twitter either. I think it's just not for me. And as you say, you need some time away from the computer to do some reading! Thanks so much for swinging by!

Becky Lees said...

Anna, I'm reading Captive of Sin right now. Absolutely love it. Can't wait to read Midnight's Wild Passion too!

Anna Campbell said...

Becky, thank you so much! Poor old Gid really goes through the wars to get his happy ending, doesn't he? Hope you enjoy MWP!

Linda said...

I'm avidly following your posts in FB & entering every contest for a copy of MWP you've posted to date (LOL) so FB definitely works for me. Blogs are nice too since u get longer posts there.

I get so thrilled when authors reply. "hey some1 famous talked to me the other day".

You just got to love the internet.

Anna Campbell said...

Linda, I know exactly what you're talking about. I remember being absolutely in awe at my first RWA Nationals. It was like my bookshelf had come alive and everyone was so lovely and welcoming. Wonderful! Thank you so much for trailing me round all the blogs! I love the immediacy of Facebook but I also love that with a blog, you get to dig a bit deeper into a topic. It's all good!

Johanna R Jochum said...

I used to follow authors strickly on their websites but now that I have been on Facebook for about two years I have been following them mostly there but I still check out their websites for book info and all the other fun stuff! I will follow blogs if it is a favorite author of mine. Thanks for sharing with us today!

evjochum[AT]aol[DOT]com

Sharon Archer said...

Hi Micole and Anna!
Terrific interview!
Anna, I LOVED MWP! There is so much wonderful, intense emotion between Nicholas and Antonia! I finished the book just yesterday and I needed my box of tissues handy!

As for ways to find out about my favourite authors and their news - isn't the Internet great! Though I have to confess it is a bit of a mixed blessing - time can disappear in a thrice while I'm surfing!

:)
Sharon

BB said...

Great interview, especially the insight into Ms Campbell's writing process. Her characters are so vivid, that I'm still thinking about the book several days after finishing the story.

June M. said...

Hi Anna! You know me, I will stalk...I mean follow you anywhere...Facebook, your website, the Bandits, Romance Dish, various other blogs.

June M. said...

forgot...
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

tracy said...

Wow..Thanks for the great interview..lots of info. Stay with Historical Anne! Your my go-to lady for romance of old. Hope to read more. MWP is in my To be Read Pile!
Thanks xoxo
Tracy

Anna Campbell said...

Johanna, I remember when an author having a website seemed the cutting edge of technology. And I'm not going back that far, you know! It's amazing how quickly all this internet stuff has taken us over. I think I'm about two years on Facebook too - have great fun there! Thanks for swinging by!

Anna Campbell said...

Sharon, yeah, the time factor is the downside. I love it when I've granted myself a day off and I can just relax and enjoy all the interaction. When I've got pages to do, I have to be disciplined and restrain my surfing! Thank you so much for saying how much you loved Nicholas and Antonia's story - as you know, I LOVE that you LOVE this book!!!!

Anna Campbell said...

BB, what a lovely compliment! Thank you! The characters are so alive to me when I'm writing their stories - these two in particular just leaped off the page at me. Hmm, sounds kinda scary ;-)

Anna Campbell said...

And June, it's always lovely to see you in all your stalkerish glory ;-) Seriously, thank you so much for the support over the blog tour. It's MUCH appreciated!

Anna Campbell said...

Tracy, fantastic that MWP is in your TBR pile! Hope you enjoy it. Actually I think you're right - there is an element of the old-fashioned romances in my stuff. Probably because I've been reading romance since Noah was a pup! Happy reading!

Di said...

Hey Anna - since you asked, I've recently gotten more into using Facebook to follow favorite authors. In fact I'm following you to several blogs today based on your FB entries. Thanks for the tips! MWP is definitly on my TBR list, and then you'll have me hooked on the series!

sallans d at yahoo dot com

Lulu said...

Loved the interview! I can't wait to read the new book. I'm sure that it's as awesome as all of the others!

Monika Michalak said...

I love Face Book and Blogs. I have gotten to know so many authors on Face Book--like Anna :)And it is a very supportive and welcoming community for fledgling writers and readers.

(Monica VanBeekum)
aka my writer persona
Monika Michalak

librarypat said...

I like to follow authors by their blogs, but there isn't enough time to keep up with them all. The monthly newsletter many send out is a good alternative. Following them on group blogs is good. You can keep track of several authors and releases in one place. I do follow Facebook, but that is spotty at times.
Good luck with the release of MIDNIGHT'S WILD PASSION.

Micole Black said...

Hello everyone!!!! Wow it looks like you have been having a great discussion here while I was away at my day job and then running the kiddos around. Thank you all for stopping in. Good luck to all of you! And thank you Anna for being my guest!

Hugs

Micole

Shelley Munro said...

Hi Micole and Anna. I like blogs and Facebook, although I'll usually head to an author's website if I want to know about a particular book. I think an up-to-date website is really important. It's surprising how many websites don't contain the info I require when I go looking.

Congrats on the release of Midnight's Wild Passion.

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Di, I just saw you over at the RomCon blog! Lovely to see you - thanks so much for accepting the invite to swing around the blogs today. This is definitely my biggest day blogging so it's nice to have a familiar face or two to say hello to me! I must say I keep up with most of my fave authors now via Facebook too. It's great for that!

Anna Campbell said...

Thanks so much, Lulu! And thanks for saying you're looking forward to reading MIDNIGHT'S WILD PASSION.

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Monica, nice to see you outing your writer persona! Hey, cool that you follow so many writers on Facebook. I find it very welcoming too.

Anna Campbell said...

By the way, Monika, that's a really fun photo as your avatar! Very romance writerly! ;-)

Anna Campbell said...

Thanks so much, Pat. I've been considering doing a newsletter - honestly, you could promo 36 hours out of every 24. I know a lot of my friends have very popular newsletters that their readers seem to love to receive. I hear you on not being able to keep up with all the blogs!

Anna Campbell said...

Micole, thank you so much for inviting me. I always have a fun time here! And I'm enjoying the discussion - Facebook is getting the thumbs up which means I don't have to feel guilty when I'm there so much (yeah, I'm trying to find excuses!).

Anna Campbell said...

Shelley, I love that prowling cat on your avatar! Very cool. I agree with you about having to keep your website updated. I always find it annoying when it's clear the author hasn't been near it in years (and I have struck that - when I did my redesign, I did a lot of web surfing to see what I liked and what I didn't).

Vanessa Barneveld said...

Hi, Micole and Anna!

Anna, I'm cyberstalking you again. Sorry! But MWP is simply divine, and so is your ghost story, which I was lucky enough to read in manuscript form.

So with you on heroes with a good sense of humour, though I'm more partial to Steve Carrell than Jerry Lewis. :)

Anna Campbell said...

Snort to the Jerry Lewis comment. I must say I had a soft spot for Dean - that wonderful singing voice. Love a man who can sing! Hey, cool that you loved both MWP and the ghost story. As you know, the ghost story was a bit of a challenge! Thanks for swinging by and saying lovely things!

Kandy Shepherd said...

Hi Anna, I am a big fan of your passionate, emotional romances and can't wait to read MIDNIGHT'S WILD PASSION.
Love your dialogue because you get the flavor of the historical period but don't make the characters sound too modern. That really irks me in a historical!
I love following my favorite authors on Facebook (including you of course!) but find I just don't have time to keep up with Twitter. When I enjoy an author new to me I go straight to their website to find out more about them.

Jeanne M said...

Anna -
Sorry I couldn't visit yesterday - work got in the way and home computer at repair shop!

I can't wait to read Midnight's Wild Passion and that's one reason I'm upset about the computer! I was planning on downloading on my Kindle. The only problem I have with your books is that as soon as you announce your writing a new story I want to read it. Because of that I am offering my help in typing up or reviewing any books your working on now or in the future for gratis, free and will even pay for postage.

Hey I just thought it was worth a try!

Anna Campbell said...

Kandy, thanks so much for saying such nice things about my books! I hope you enjoy Midnight!!!! I actually love playing around with the language in the books to try and give that historical flavor. It's one of the joys of writing the genre!

Anna Campbell said...

Jeanne, you crack me up - in a GOOD way. Hmm, am I open to bribery? I think we need to investigate this further. Oh, what a pain about the home computer. My computer died in the middle of last year. Absolute nightmare until I was up and running again. Hey, cool about downloading MWP - hope you have fun with it! And the ghost story isn't too far away!

Sheree said...

Hi, Anna!

Facebook, Twitter, and blogs are best although a good, comprehensive website with updates is good enough.

Are you sure Ranelaw is Nathan Kamp? I can't tell until I get my hands on an actual paper copy.

Anna Campbell said...

Sheree, he looks like Nathan. It's in the stepback. Thanks for swinging by!