• 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!



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Fallon Friday: Jennifer on books, books, and Klingon-English dictionaries …

I love books. Always have. If there is a down side to being a professional author, it’s that I don’t get time to read nearly as much as I used to. Nevertheless, I keep acquiring books in the optimistic belief that one day I will have the time to read them. I do the same with DVDs. I have hundreds of them, all waiting for me to watch them.

And what an odd collection it is. I have biographies of the first 12 Caesars, Hitler, Cromwell and Kenyatta, to name a few, as well as quite a few people nobody (including me) has ever heard of. I have the Fair Dinkum Australian Dictionary, alongside a two volume version of the English Dictionary bound in leather with a 22ct gold trim. I have a GermanEnglish and a KlingonEnglish Dictionary (doesn’t everybody?), too. I have the Bible, the Koran and the Book of Mormon. I have both volumes of Everyday Latin (which are chock full of useful, everyday phrases like “Beam me up, Scotty” in Latin, in case you ever need to use them) and two volumes of the Politically Correct Bedtime Stories.

I have a 5 inch thick copy of Robert Aspey’s definitive work on guerrilla warfare, War in the Shadows, next to Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and Robinson Crusoe. Being a cat lover, I have Paul Galico’s hysterical, Silent Miaow, and the “must have” reference work for all responsible cat owners: Games You Can Play With Your Pussy. Asimov’s Complete Works of Shakespeare sits on a shelf beside the Complete Illustrated Book of Card Magic. I have Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil, next to the Collected Poems of AB “Banjo” Patterson, and Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book.

I have an inordinate number of reference books regarding Africa, 19th century history of the South Pacific (why?), and ancient Rome, along with Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged in a rare hardback edition. I have the Millennium edition of Lord of the Rings, the illustrated edition of The Hobbit and the movie tie-in book from the Thunderbirds.

I have a disturbing number of books about Star Trek and Stargate and the novelisation of Joss Whedon’s, Serenity. I have Stephen Hawking’s, A Brief History of Time next to the Retox Diet, which offers marvellously sage advice about nutrition such as french-fries are made from potatoes (that’s good), cooked in vegetable oil (more vegies, even better), and then sprinkled with salt (which comes from the sea, ergo, it’s a seafood – even more better), so french-fries are really vegetables and seafood, therefore they must be good for you… right?

By far, my favourite books in the whole collection are the set of children’s encyclopaedias published in 1958 which categorically states that the British Astronomer Royal has decreed “humans cannot survive in space”, so one should encourage their sons to build crystal radio sets, rather than waste time on foolish enterprises like imagining space stations, satellites or space travel.

11 years later, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

Trying saying “whoops” with a stiff upper lip:)

Jennifer Fallon

Jennifer Fallon’s latest book The Palace of Impossible Dreams, the third book in the Tide Lords series, is available in all good book shops. The Chaos Crystal, the final book in the series will be out in December.

Visit Jennifer Fallon’s website.


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