A quickie with Fiona McArthur, author of Red Sand Sunrise

A quickie with Fiona McArthur, author of Red Sand Sunrise

Fiona McArthurYou might know Australian author Fiona McArthur from her Mills and Boon Medical romances or her non-fiction guide to giving birth, and this month her first full-length work of fiction comes out with Penguin Australia. Red Sand Sunrise features three sisters, each with different specialities in rural healthcare, and if you love family drama with romantic elements, this book will definitely hit your sweet spot.

I had the opportunity to chat with Fiona for Destiny Romance’s Heart to Heart podcast, and I can’t wait to share that with you next month!

Website: FionaMcArthurAuthor.com
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Genre: Category romance (Mills and Boon Medical) and rural medical romance
Latest release: Red Sand Sunrise

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Today is release day for Fiona’s new book, and Penguin Australia is giving a free copy of the book to TWO readers! For a chance to win a copy of RED SAND SUNRISE, leave a comment below, telling us where to find the best sunrise in Australia. Open to Australian readers only. Full details at the end of this post.

Where you do your best writing

In any quiet place away from the housework. So a guest bedroom works. Or my little old caravan in the shed.

Favourite thing in your writing space

A great chair! I just can’t write in bed — sniff — I need a well-supported backrest. I would love to be able to write in bed.

Best food and/or beverage to accompany a good read

Big pot of Earl Grey tea for the long haul. Or a bottle of bubbles for the quick fun read.

One thing you would never do in the name of research

Eat broccoli or worms.

How friends and family would describe you two days before a deadline

My husband says I’m manic — disjointed — on another planet and occasionally lost in the supermarket.

One book you’d save in an emergency and three words to describe it

My Kindle. Hehehehehe, because all my books would be on it.

Your life in a book — what would the title be? In which genre or category would it be shelved?

Fiona in Wonderland — Fantasy. I still can’t believe I get paid for my imaginary friends.

One book you loved as a child

Alice Through The Looking Glass — I won it for a short story at school when I was eight years old.

Describe yourself as the heroine of a romance novel

My favourite type of heroine is the tough, resourceful, non-needy midwife who has a marshmallow centre. She has a weakness for tall guys with dark hair and great chests.

Best advice for surviving the zombie apocalypse

Pack enough instant Cappuccino mix and clean undies?

Favourite method of procrastination

Email first. Then Facebook. If the wifi is down it would be movies. I LOVE watching movies.

Do you kill fairies?

Never, ever, ever. I wouldn’t be able to reads the book otherwise.


Red Sand Sunrise by Fiona McArthurMichael Joseph | 9781921901867 (C) | 9781743482773 (E) | Extract

When the father she barely knew dies suddenly, midwife Eve Wilson decides she owes it to him to go to the funeral and meet her stepfamily in Red Sand. She doesn’t expect to be so completely charmed by the beautiful remote township in far west Queensland — or by local station owner, Lex McKay.

After disappointment and heartbreak in Sydney, Dr Callie Wilson doesn’t hesitate to move home and spend some time with her grieving mother. When she is approached to oversee the establishment of the area’s first medical clinic, it seems the perfect opportunity. And Callie is keen to involve Eve, the sister she’s just getting to know.

Melbourne-based obstetrician Sienna Wilson can’t understand why anyone would want to bury themselves in the outback, but when her hospital sends her north to research the medical mystery affecting women in Red Sand, it seems fate is intent on bringing the three sisters together. And when disaster strikes, they must each decide if being true to themselves means being there for each other…

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This post is part of a series of Q&A-type posts featuring authors who write romance fiction or fiction with romantic elements. Each post will feature the same set of questions or prompts. We tried to make them fun and easy for the authors—and we hope you enjoy them, too!

GIVEAWAY RULES: Post your answer, telling us where to find the bet sunrise in Australia, as a comment to this post. Multiple entries are fine, but the giveaway is open to Australian readers only. The Book Thingo bloggers will pick our favourite answer. The giveaway ends midnight on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 AEST. We will announce the winner next week. By entering, you give us permission to: 1) quote your entry in future blog posts and articles; and 2) provide your email address to Penguin Australia for them to organise your prize. The winner must provide a delivery address to Penguin within one week after we announce the result on the blog; otherwise, we will pick another winner Please note that this giveaway is being organised by Penguin Australia. If you have any problems with the prize, you will need to contact them directly.


  1. Mary Preston says:

    On these cold mornings the best sunrises are those I may peek out at from beneath the bed covers.

    I must say though that while holidaying up on the Sunshine Coast, think warmer days, the sun rising over the ocean is truly spectacular.

  2. Amanda Barrett says:

    There is no place like home – the best sunrise would be in my home town of Rockingham, Western Australia. I am fortunate to live near the beach and this makes for a beautiful sunrise setting and if you are really lucky we often get dolphins making an appearance too :-)

  3. Michael says:

    The best sunrise is at the top of Dandenong ranges as the sunlight pierces through the cold air, and of course accompanied with warm scones and warm tea – fab!

  4. Marlene Pratt says:

    Love sun rises on the River Murray, favourite time of the day on a crisp camping morning.

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