#ReadersParlor: Books, cats & the 1960s get Meredith Gurr’s attention

This is Reader’s Parlor where readers get 15 minutes of fame! Every Thursday, I interview a reader about his/her likes, dislikes, hobbies & interests. Want to know what a reader wants? This is the place to find out! Today’s guest is Meredith “Merry” Gurr. I like Merry. She likes science fiction romance, cats, and squirrels (my favorites!). Give her a big welcome.

Cara: What do you like to read?

Merry: I used to read a lot of fantasy and science fiction, and later discovered urban fantasy and paranormal romance, leading finally to my current passion for science fiction romance. My favorite SFR tropes are cyborgs, space pirates (with hearts of gold) and prison planet escapes with wrongfully convicted heroes. I’m also partial to tortured or damaged protagonists. I prefer longer books but have enjoyed a good few novellas and short stories. The perfect SFR for me is sizzling or steamy with a good balance of science fiction and romance elements and a generous dollop of space-opera excitement.

Cara: Why do you read? What do you enjoy most about reading?

Merry: When I was young, reading was a life saver that provided happy moments to counter a not-so-happy reality. My passion for books and reading continues to provide otherwise-lacking strength in my life. I love getting to know characters and traveling with them through a story, which I find much safer and more comfortable than meeting people in real life.

Cara: What do you love to see in a story? What are your pet peeves?

Merry: I love intricate world building, relatable characters and swashbuckling action…and awesome spaceships or space stations and amazing, advanced technology. I’m not a fan of insta love or sex and lengthy passages where little or nothing happens.

Cara: What’s on your TBR list right now?

Merry: Prompted by the imminent release of the latest book, I’ve just started reading The Apprentice series by E.G. Manetti, beginning with Book 1, The Cartel.

Others at the top of my TBR mountain include:

  • Lindsay Buroker’s Fallen Empire series
  • Jess Anastasi’s Valiant Knox and Atrophy series
  • C.E. Kilgore’s Corwent Central Agent Files series
  • Ruby Lionsdrake’s Mandrake Company series

Yeah, I know, I have a lot of catching up to do!

Cara: When you’re not reading, what do you like to do?

Merry: Books form a central focus for all of my interests! I spend a lot of time surfing the ‘net searching for photos to add to my Pinterest boards. I can often be found on a Facebook group dedicated to the 1960s where members share a cornucopia of Sixties memories.

I’m planning on reading the instruction manual for my digital camera to learn how to use it properly. I’ll then wander around and attempt to take some decent photos to share on Facebook and Instagram.

Cara: If you could meet one fictional character, who would it be and why?

Merry: Jilly Coppercorn in Charles de Lint’s urban fantasy, Onion Girl (and other stories). Jilly has escaped from the damage of a traumatic childhood using her magical talent and creativity as an artist, and that courageous achievement has made her a wonderful person, with whom I’d love to share a close friendship.

Quick five

Ebook, print or audiobook: E-book fiction, print non-fiction

Your favorite place to read: My balcony

Number of books you read in a year:  Umm…another New Year’s resolution!

A favorite childhood book: Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising series

Favorite beverage while reading: Tea

Merry’s bio

Hi, my name is Meredith (Merry for short) and I have lived in Perth, Western Australia for many years. I was born in Adelaide, South Australia, which I visited back in 2014 after a very long absence. I’m a cat person so, while in Adelaide, I had the pleasure of meeting a lovely cat lady, who has 5 cats, 4 Somalis and 1 Abyssinian; they’re all gorgeous and very friendly. My position as a Senior Technical Assistant was made redundant in 2014 after 10 years with the same company. I recently decided to semi-retire, but I’m still hoping to pick up some temporary or contract work over the next few years until I’m able to retire full-time. I used to have two cats, but I now live vicariously via social media and YouTube to enjoy the company other people’s feline fur babies!

Before I joined Facebook, I spent a lot of time on Twitter with a marvelous bunch of like-minded people, but infrequently do so now. I’m also on Instagram, but have yet to post any photos. One of my New Year’s resolutions!

 I love all-things New York City, 1920s/30s and Art Deco architecture, cats, owls and squirrels. My favourite decade is the Sixties (I’m a nostalgia nut!), and I like to read science fiction, science fiction romance, paranormal romance, urban fantasy and dystopian fiction. I’m blissfully single and live alone in the inner western suburbs of Perth, where many a marvelous old house can be found and from where one can enjoy a roughly 40-minute walk through Kings Park before reaching the city centre.

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13 Responses to #ReadersParlor: Books, cats & the 1960s get Meredith Gurr’s attention

  1. Enjoyed the interview (love that bookcase!)…I always appreciate Merry’s tireless efforts to help other readers find good books 🙂

    • Thanks so much Veronica! That’s only *one* of my bookshelves . It’s a pleasure being a member of the Facebook SFR group, and I love being able to make useful contributions. Thank you also for your wisdom and knowledge of indie publishing and the ins and outs of being a writer. I’ve learnt a lot.

  2. Lisa Medley says:

    Wonderful interview! You are one of my fave internet friends, Merry. Love your NYC finds and your cheery passion for cats and SFR.

  3. Lea Kirk says:

    Fun interview, Merry! I love how you’re a “nostalgia nut” who reads books with futuristic themes. <3 Thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you so much, Lea . LOL, I’d never thought to look at it that way! Quite an insight, good thinking 99. Both pursuits have books in common, as my oft-suffering finances can attest!

  4. Jen (JL Jachal) says:

    Great interview, Merry! I enjoyed learning more about you, your personality, and your life.

  5. Drat! The smilies have failed me and won’t appear :(.

  6. Many thanks and much appreciation for inviting me into the Reader’s Parlor, Cara. It was fun and, as it happens, quite cathartic. Love your work!

  7. Lovely interview, Merry. Next time I’m in Perth (don’t hold your breath) I must see if we can do coffee. And I’d like to add my thanks for all you do to help and support Indie SFR authors.

  8. It’s nice getting another glimpse of Merry, a familiar Facebook friend 🙂

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