Book Talk: Romance writer Anna Campbell loves the happy endings

Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:11am EST
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By Belinda Goldsmith

CANBERRA (Reuters Life!) - Romance writer Anna Campbell spent 27 years defending her passion for writing steamy love stories and now she has the last laugh, with a string of awards and best-selling novels to her name.

Campbell, who grew up on an avocado farm in the Australian state of Queensland, has just released her third Regency romance called "Tempt the Devil" which follows on from "Claiming the Courtesan" and "Untouched."

She spoke to Reuters about writing, romance and sex:

Q: This is your third book in two years. That's quite a pace.

A: "Actually in the romance world that is as slow as a glacier. Mills and Boon have people who can do 10 books a year which is scary when you do only one a year."

Q: What started you writing?

A: "I had always wanted to be a writer. My mother kept an essay from Grade 2 when I said I was going to be the next Enid Blyton. I finished my first full length book in the gap between high school and university but it was 27 years before I sold."

Q: When did you first get interested in romance novels?   Continued...