Guest Post – Gimme Some Gothic! By Anna Campbell
Hiya Romance at Random readers and especially wonderful Sue Grimshaw! Thank you for having me as your guest today to talk about my new book SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED which is out 25th September.
SEVEN NIGHTS was born in a discussion I had with my lovely critique partner Annie West about fairytale themes in romance. We were talking about Beauty and the Beast and this vivid scene popped into my mind. An innocent, terrified girl presents herself at a ruined castle on a rugged seashore to give herself to a scarred monster of a man. Lightning flashes. Wind howls. Rain pours. You know the meteorological drill.
The shabby carriage she’s hired to bring her to this isolated outpost of civilization rolls away, leaving her alone on the cliff top. My heroine bangs on the massive medieval door, demanding to be let in. This heroine isn’t going meekly to her fate, however awful she knows it will be.
Of course, at that stage I had no idea why Sidonie Forsyth was there (or even that her name was Sidonie Forsyth for that matter). I had no idea why Jonas Merrick had such power over her. I just knew that these two unlikely lovers would start out in hatred, revenge and fear and that gradually they’d fall in love almost in spite of themselves.
So there we have the gothic beginning of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED (it’s the first book in my first series “Sons of Sin” so I’m mighty excited by its release!). I did eventually work out a story that made sense of that dramatic opening. Thank goodness.
I’ve always been fond of the gothic. I love that shiver of uncertainty over whether the hero is really the hero, or a villain in disguise. I love the brave heroine who has to face down ghosties and ghoulies and sinister housekeepers and dead wives who have fallen down the quarry, not to mention our dark, dangerous hero, before she can get her happy ending. I love all the crumbling castles and dramatic landscapes and wild weather. Candlelight flaring on ancient stone. Chilly dungeons. Secret passages. Clanks and moans in the night (and not just in the love scenes!). Virgins in nighties wandering shadowy corridors seeking answers to ancient mysteries.
Clearly I spent far too much time reading Victoria Holt when I was a young ‘un!
Anyway, you can find out what happens to gutsy Sidonie Forsyth after she beards scarred loner Jonas Merrick in his den when you read SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED. You can find the blurb and an excerpt here: http://annacampbell.info/rogue.html
So are you a gothic fan? Do you have a favorite movie or book that has those gothic touches that deliver such thrills? I’ve got a signed copy of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED up for grabs today for a fellow gothic fan! Comment before the sinister stepsister murders you in your cobwebby four-poster at midnight!
I was born in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up on an avocado farm with views of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island. As a result, my ideal setting ever since has involved lots of water – even if it’s just a large bathtub with me lolling around in it.
The other element in my ideal setting is lots and lots of books. I was the sort of kid who spent her childhood with her nose buried between the pages of a book. To me, the worlds I read about were at least as real and ten times as exciting as anything that happened to me in Redland Bay. I still think one of life’s finest pleasures is picking up a great book and just losing myself in it for however long it takes to finish it.