Writer courting romance
ANNA Campbell spends her days writing 19th Century romance novels, so she knows a thing or two about matters of the heart.
But suggest the days of romance and chivalry are dead and she's quick to set you straight.
In fact, the multi-award-winning author believes romance is more alive than ever.
Although the concept of love may have changed over time, it is more apparent in today's modern-age world, she says.
"Back in the times of Jane Austin there were so many rules preventing love, so you are able to write about strong characters to go against the rules," she said.
"It makes the story very compelling when the characters are going against society for love, which I think is what makes it so romantic.
"People love the formal society back then and I do think it is quite romantic that everything is forbidden.
"Today, more and more marriages are for love, where as back then it was for money and for keeping the family wealthy."
Although courting may have changed, Ms Campbell believes love and romance still exist in a different form.
"I went out the other night with an old couple who held hands the entire night. The strength of that love is wonderful," she said.
"Romance has changed over time but that doesn't mean it is not there.
"I know it sounds strange me talking about (the fact) I love a world full of romance while being single. But I love the freedom of being single and being a single woman in 2012 is very different to being a single woman in 1820.
"We can actually have the choice to marry or stay single in today's society. It was almost unheard of for a woman to choose to remain single in the 1820s.
"Valentine's Day is just one day out of the year, what I love seeing is people like that old couple that were so obviously in love without forcing it," she said.
Ms Campbell, who has recently released her sixth book entitled Midnight's Wild Passion, will be speaking at Coast libraries this week.
For details visit library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.