• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:

    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!



A message scroll from HQ (delivered by a messenger on an exhausted horse, of course)

Just thought I would share some excitement from Voyager’s Evil Headquarters – apparently a fabulous Voyager author is going to be surprising us at HQ with a visit on Thursday! Who? I don’t know … as it’s top secret. As to who she’ll be surprising, well, at HQ we have a group that meets on a monthly basis, called the Cabin Crew, and we sit around one of those wonderful big boardroom tables and plot world domination chat about Voyager books and why we love them (and eat sandwiches) and discuss upcoming author signings, covers we like/don’t like and so on … it’s very interesting to see how people in a company can have so much in common – and alot of them do some very interesting things at and away from work. We’ll be having some guest blog posts from some of the people who work with Voyager, or who do things that Voyager fans might find interesting! In his alternate life, one of the Cabin Crew members is a swordfighting swashbuckling lad who will be blogging about swords and possibly sorcery. So keep an eye out! (and hopefully it will all be fun and games and no one will lose that eye)

One of our PZ message board members, Gillian, will be blogging on her work as a historian, and it will definitely be interesting to see what she talks about, those of you trying to work out settings for medieval plots will no doubt glean plenty from what she says. And on that note … yesterday I did a 20 kilometre walk (training for the Oxfam trailblazer) and have completely reassessed the likelihood of fantasy characters who walk for days on end, cross country and climbing up to mountain passes etc. It HURTS to walk for that long (we did 5 hours of scrambling up and down rocks and fallen trees! IT HURTS ALOT. And it’s exhausting, and if I were a fantasy character then the bad guys would have long ago caught up to me and put an end to my muscle-aching misery. Just an insight!

I’ll see if I can take some pics of our guest author and put them up later in the week, in the mean time, look out for some great posts from people who love fantasy, a guest post from Fiona McIntosh and of course, the fabulous Fallon Friday post from Jennifer, who has got a tiny bit of spare time somewhere now that she’s finished writing The Chaos Crystal (see her last Fallon Friday post to see just what else she does in an ordinary day)!