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Author spotlight: Fiona McArthur

31 January 2020

For ARR2020 in March we will be featuring more than 90 romance authors across five cities. If you live in (or near) Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth or Adelaide, come along and meet local authors, as well as our international guests—Darynda Jones and Susan Donovan.

Today we are spotlighting Fiona McArthur. She will be attending ARR2020 in Sydney.

How old were you when you first started writing romance?

The adventure began when I turned thirty, which was such a watershed year for me. We had four boys at that time—6, 5, 3 and 2—and one to come. See what romance does to you?

Who was the first romance author to catch your interest?

Anya Seaton with Green Darkness, then Georgette Heyer all the way. Every Regency book of GH is in my library.

Have you written genres other than romance (or are you thinking about it)?

My books all have babies in them, but not all of them are romance. I write medical romance and easy-to-read medical non-fiction and have started my time-travel book, but all show the good in people, the power of love, and our hidden strengths. And a baby. 🙂

Choose one of your books to turn into a movie—who would you cast in the lead roles?

The Baby Doctor should definitely be Asher Keddie as the obstetrician. And Patrick’s not dead! I won’t allow it, so Matthew Le Nevez as my policeman.

What is the hardest part of creating a story?

Sitting down at the desk. My head is always full of stories.

What is your favourite place to write?

In my recliner chair looking out over the paddocks on our farm. I see kangaroos and birds and of course cows, calves and bulls. And sunrise.

Have any of your characters been inspired by real-life people?

Inspiration from mannerisms, quotes, facial expressions and actions, yes, but not the people. I tried that once and they wouldn’t do what I wanted them to do. Much more fun to play with imaginary friends.

What was the last romance you read and loved (and why did you love it)?

A Discovery of Witches. Powerful, multi-layered, skilful and a series. I love series! Just started A Giver of Stars.

Tell us about your latest release in 100 words or less

My latest is Midwife on the Orient Express. A feel-good reunion story with luxury as a background and a wonderful quirky, interfering grandmother for our hero to be managed by. There is a mysterious passenger in a very big coat and our heroine, Kelsie, who can manage anything, even the hero. Playing with this book was such fun and Alison Roberts (medical romance author) and I lived the dream and this book runs to time with real life on the train. Except for the miracle. But Kelsie has that under control.

What else will you be working on in 2020?

Lots! I’m excited. I have my second author-published book coming out at the end of March, Midwife in the Jungle. I have such fun playing with covers and blurbs. The Midwife’s Secret Child comes out Dec/January—last of the Lighthouse Bay series. And another fun medical romance for Mills & Boon, which is set in Spain. Bronwyn Jameson and I were there last year and it’s the first of my Spanish brother’s series. These poor Spaniards just don’t know what to do with an Australian midwife. Then I’m heading back out to Wirralong with another Tule book coming in the Outback Brides series. Always great fun, and I love working with Kelly, Cathryn and Barb and those will be out mid-year. And finally, my next Penguin book, The Bush Telegraph, will appear on the shelves at the end of August 2020. Love this book. I’m very excited that Rachael John’s Bookclub has included Bush Telegraph for October, so it’s a big year and guaranteed a lot of fun. Finally, and with most anticipation, one of the highlights of my year will be meeting Darynda Jones at the ARRA Romantic Rendezvous in Sydney. I am such a fangirl of the Charley Davidson series and Reyes is my all-time sigh-worthy hero. I’m going to meet Darynda! Squeee. See you there!

If you haven’t booked your ticket for ARR2020 yet, you can buy one HERE.


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