We're delighted to welcome our first #ReaderOfTheMonth to the PHS: Fiona Marsden!
Where in the world are you?
I live in Stanthorpe, Queensland, Australia. It’s a small rural town around two and a half hours drive from Brisbane. We have fruit, wineries, and National Parks.
Do you have a day job?
I am a full-time Carer to my mother with dementia and an adult son with Down Syndrome. I volunteer on the committee of a local disability organisation.
How long have you been reading romance?
Technically I first began reading romance when I was loaned a Mills & Boon on a long train trip in 1976, so over forty years. I didn’t realise I had been reading romance in Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series prior to that.
What is your favourite theme?
I’ve always loved reunion romances because there is so much emotion and hurt to get through. I prefer if both hero and heroine are faithful while apart. It gives me confidence in the happy ending this time around.
What kind of story would you like to see written?
Obviously, reunion romances where both hero and heroine are faithful while apart. It’s becoming harder and hard to find them in modern romances. I am frankly bored with man-whore heroes after forty years and many thousands of romances. Also, Virgins are my not so secret vice. So, a reunion romance with a hero not ruled by his appendage and a heroine who has only ever been with the hero with a core of inner strength, but not necessarily “feisty”.
How many books do you read in a week/month/year?
I would read at least one a day. It’s rare for me not to read a complete story in a day, more on weekends. It’s easier than you think because I mostly read category or novella length romances which take less than two hours. You can guess I don’t watch much television.
What book would you recommend to our readers?
Not strictly a romance, but I absolutely loved Numbered by sister team Amy Andrews and Ros Baxter. I don’t think there was an emotion that book didn’t drag out of me. It’s a tough book to read, but it had ALL the feels.
Which books are an auto buy for you?
In Presents I always buy Maisey Yates. Amy Andrews is an autobuy, even though she doesn’t write too many virgins. Anna Campbell is always good for a historical hit. I think I have all Sarah M. Anderson's books. I love her Native American heroes. Long term favourites are Carol Mortimer and Michelle Reid. Sadly, there are no new books to collect from the wonderful Penny Jordan. This could turn into a long list...
If your house was on fire which book would you save?
Do I have to choose just one? That would be a tough choice. I probably wouldn’t worry about anything new release because they are easily replaceable. I have some extremely rare early Mills & Boons by Mary Burchell and Jan Tempest I would risk my life to grab on my way past.
And what are you reading now?
I always have a stack of books on hand to choose from, depending on my mood. I’m very much a mood reader. Today I’m choosing from Carol Marinelli’s 101st book Their Secret Royal Baby, Rachael Johns' The Art of Keeping Secrets, and a vintage medical from Meredith Webber.
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