Today I’m having Earl Grey tea with a fellow Tule Publishing author, the fabulous Fiona McArthur. It’s a pity we’re having this early in the day, otherwise we could’ve had some bubbly – her other favorite drink!
We’re talking about her new release, Holly’s Heart, part of the Outback Brides series. But before we look at her book, let’s find out more about her!
- Tea or wine?
I do love my Early Grey tea to start my writing day. I use my grandmother’s teapot and watch the mist on the paddocks as I write. Of course, the perfect end to a day, has very effervescent bubbles in a flute glass.
- Read or jog?
Jog? What is this jog? Explain this jog? I need to walk more. [I had such a giggle over this, Fi – I totally agree!]
- Cats or dogs?
Dogs. Cats don’t like the beach and dogs go berserk there. Nothing more joyful than a dog at the beach.
- Heels or flats?
I adore heels, the higher, the glossier, the more extravagant the better – but to look at only.
- Boxers or briefs?
Briefs, sorry, I should say granny undies JBut they are sooo comfortable.
- Milk, dark or white chocolate –
Oh yes, white, please. With white on top and white on top of that. Thank you.
- Sweet or savoury
Savoury – as in cheesy stuff. Nothing with mold. Anything cooked, or fresh, and with those tiny crispy biscuits and wine.
- Sea or mountains
I would have to say, looking at the mountains from the sea. Have you seen my farm? Or my walks on my retreats. I love, love, love, photographing both. Be warned.
B. Five likes and five dislikes
Likes are easy I like a lot of things – Babies, people, sunrise, sunset, Uluru – though that last one’s a real wow and is the setting in my next book after Holly’s Heart.
Dislikes – that’s harder; when I forget not to judge people, when I’m running late, when I forget to put petrol in the car, when my deadline is zooming past for a book, and the rest is trivial – if it wasn’t it would be more than dislike.
C. Three things on your bucket list
I love to travel. So…
Visiting Egypt!!! I’m going on my birthday in November, yayyyy, by myself, because none of my children or my husband will come with me. At least I won’t have to worry if I snore. Quick Story. I called off my wedding 37 years ago to go to Egypt and missed my husband too much. We married, the kids have grown, and darn it, I’m going to see Egypt before I get too much older.
Two and three? To see my children grow old – in the company of my husband.
D. What triggered this specific story?
The setting is the trigger for all of the books. Wirralong is a fabulous Aussie town from four Aussie authors who have very vivid imaginations. We had the best time creating the townspeople and the Wedding Venue. I’ve so loved being a part of the Outback Brides world but did feel it needed a doctor just in case. So I gave it two. This would be because midwifery has been my life and I love medical drama and heroic medical heroes.
Doctor Ben Briely is keen to settle into life as a small town general practitioner and help his grandmother run Briely Park. The city life was never for him. He’s finally found the peace he’s longed for, until the arrival of that one woman he’s never been able to forget, threatens to shatter it all. No way is he revisiting that road of unrequited love…except Holly Peterson seems fragile and in need of saving, and Ben’s never stopped being Holly’s white knight.
After losing her sister and her faith in the world of medicine, Holly Peterson moves home to Wirralong along with her two nephews. Determined to rebuild her life and create a loving home and sense of belonging, she opens the Outback Brides Coffee Shop as her new vocation. When she learns that Ben Briely, the man she said no to years ago is home to stay, Holly fears she’ll lose her heart and her focus on her nephews if she lets him in.
Will Ben be able to break through Holly’s fears and barriers or will history repeat itself and destroy him once again?
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Thanks for having tea with me Fiona – all the best with this one! And I hope this time you get to enjoy Egypt – it sounds wonderful.