WORDSMITH: Anna Campbell is a finalist in the 2017 ARRA awards.
WORDSMITH: Anna Campbell is a finalist in the 2017 ARRA awards. Patrick Woods

Coast author nominated for eight prestigious awards

AS ROMANTIC vibes start to fill the air in preparation for Valentine's Day, one Caloundra woman is making them last all year round.

Romance author Anna Campbell, of Golden Beach, has been nominated for eight prestigious awards in the Australian Romance Readers Awards for 2017.

The esteemed writer said, since she was a young girl, it had always been her dream to write and now it was certainly coming true.

"I fell in love with the romance genre when I was very young," she said.

"My first book sold at auction in New York in 2006 and I've been a full-time writer ever since."

Now, more than 11 years, on, the wordsmith has written 10 full-length novels and 15 digitally-available novels.

Ms Campbell said she was over the moon with all the nominations but they definitely weren't foreign to her.

"Six books have also been finalists in the ARRA awards," she said.

"I've been favourite author four times and favourite historical author five times.

"It just means people are reading and enjoying all the fruits of your hard work," she said.

Ms Campbell moved to the area in 2005, following her parents, who came in 1994, and said she never looked back.

"It's the perfect place for a writer because it's scenic, beautiful and quiet," she said.

Ms Campbell said while it was difficult to name a favourite book, Stranded with the Scottish Earl had a special place in her heart.

"A Scotsman with a sense of humour is the hero and I've always liked a Scotsman with a sense of humour," she said.

An Australian Romance Readers Association representative said the nomination was quite an achievement, as the romance genre was the largest single category of books sold, at four books per second.

The awards ceremony will be held in Melbourne from February 24-26, where she will find out whether she can add another gong to the collection.


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