A Season perennial favourite is back! Please welcome Anna Campbell to the blog. I so can hear her lovely Aussie accent floating across the internet. Ask Anna anything you like, she’s game and so responsive. Oh, and Anna comes bearing gifts. Yep, Avon Books is giving away 5 copies of MY RECKLESS SURRENDER to 5 (five) lucky commenters.
Hi Anna, welcome back. Can you tell us a little about MY RECKLESS SURRENDER, which I will add has a drop dead gorgeous cover?
Hi Beverley! I’m delighted to be back here at the Season! Thank you for inviting me. MY RECKLESS SURRENDER is the story of a dangerous seduction in late Regency London. Diana Carrick has the opportunity to turn all her dreams into reality but in return, she has to seduce notorious rake Tarquin Vale, Earl of Ashcroft. Needless to say, trouble follows! Oh, and yes, that is one bodacious cover! That yellow is just gorgeous and I love that sexy glint in Diana’s eye. You know this is a woman who will cause mayhem in the hero’s heart!
MY RECKLESS SURRENDER, which is also one of The Season’s June Top Picks with 10 Star perfect rating, isn’t as dark as your previous novels. Does this mean you’re headed in a new direction with books in a slightly lighter tone? Or are you just going to keep us on our toes by mixing it up?
Wow, that’s great news, Beverley. Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed this story which as you said is a bit of a departure for me. For a start, the hero isn’t tortured – or at least he’s not when the story opens. Once Diana’s had her way with him (ahem!), that might change! I think there’s still a lot of emotional depth in this story – both characters have a long journey to make before their happily ever after. But yes, I agree, the tone is lighter than something like CAPTIVE OF SIN. The next story (no title confirmed yet but it will be out mid-2011) is similar in tone to MY RECKLESS SURRENDER. The one after that is probably going to be closer to CAPTIVE OF SIN. Tone seems to come with each individual story so what happens next can be as much of a surprise to me as to the reader!
What do you find so appealing about writing about the early 19th century England? Do you think you’ll ever base any of your historicals in a different era, perhaps even century?
Would I sound shallow if I said men in boots? Yeah, I probably would! Actually, all jokes aside I love the elegance and the wit of the Regency era. I love that it was a heyday of decadence (particularly the late Regency, the reigns of George IV and William IV) before the straitlaced Victorians took over. I love the fact that readers love this period! At the moment, I have no plans to move outside the Regency, but I have a Viking story lurking at the back of my mind and one day, it might be fun to visit the children of some of my heroes and heroines and see what they make of life. So that means tackling the Victorian era!
Some of my favourite tropes include the brother’s best friend, or the reunited lovers. Do you have a favourite theme you either love to read or write about?
Well, I think most of my books fall into the Beauty and the Beast trope, perhaps not MY RECKLESS SURRENDER so much. Hmm, I’ll have to think about that more. Although Diana definitely beards the beast in his lair to get what she wants and the beast isn’t nearly so beastly as she was expecting. So maybe MRS is a BATB story too. I love the fairytale/mythological underpinning to a romance. I’m such a big romance reader, I’m a sucker for most of the tropes, frankly! Love fish out of water, Cinderella, friends into lovers, hatred into love, forbidden love, love versus honor, opposites attract, you name it! I wrote my first reunion story for THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF REGENCY ROMANCE which is out at the end of June. That was such fun to put together! I loved giving those two characters a second chance at love.
If you had to choose, which to you is more important, the sexual tension or the love scenes?
Ooh, that’s tough! Actually I think sexual tension can continue into a love scene – or at least dramatic tension does. I love writing sexual tension, that complicated dance! But then I love writing love scenes when the characters aren’t just naked physically, they’re naked emotionally too. Sorry, I know it’s a cop-out, but can’t choose!
Who and what kinds of books did you read growing up?
10 Star ~ June Top Pick!
I’ve always been a voracious reader. I’ll read the back of the milk carton if all else fails. As a kid, I read most of the classics, Heidi, Enid Blyton, horse books by the gazillion. I moved onto adult books fairly early – I must have been about eight when I read my first Georgette Heyer and I was that age when my mother gave me my first Harlequin to shut me up (she was desperate, poor thing, LOL!). In my early teens, I was mad on historical fiction like Jean Plaidy. About that stage, I devoured Barbara Cartland and Victoria Holt and Anya Seton. Clearly I was headed towards historical romance as a lifelong obsession!
If you had to pick one, which author or books most influenced your decision to become a writer?
What a great question. You know, I think it might be Enid Blyton. I can remember reading her under the covers with a torch and she introduced me to that burning need to finish a story, even if the world collapsed around me. She had a great gift for compelling plots and characters you cheered for.
What’s coming up for you next? Can you share any part of the story’s plotline with us?
Well, this is the book currently untitled – in fact, currently in a rather messy draft on my computer! It’s a twist on a few themes that I’ve always loved – secret identity, the Ugly Duckling, the Regency rake undone by love (although it takes him a long time to accept that’s the case), revenge, redemption. There are more of the traditional Regency trappings in this story and they were huge fun to write. I got to step into the glamorous Georgette Heyer world for once!
Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers about you or your book?
I’m really excited about MY RECKLESS SURRENDER hitting the stands on 25th May. Both Diana and Tarquin were such headstrong, passionate characters, I was sorry to say goodbye to them when I finished the book. If you’d like to see a blurb or read an excerpt, please check out my website at: http://www.annacampbell.info/recklesssurrender.html