• 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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Tim Miller, resident artist at Evil HQ, would like all creatures great and small (living or … ) to get in touch with their inner Rafael, Donatello or … er … Michelangelo … sorry, now I have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme song in my head. Anyway, here’s a little peek at a sample of the artwork that will be gracing the new Voyager Newsletter, also known as the Captain’s Log. This particular piece will be in the paper newsletter going out to booksellers across the world Australia, but make sure you sign up for the electronic version to a). Save the environment; b). Get your updates monthly; c). Easily click through to more information on our website; and d). Be in the running to win copies of Black Magazine, the hottest mag of the moment in the Dark Fantasy Arena.


In other news, Team Voyager are very happy to announce that we will be represented at Conflux 5: Dreaming. Conflux, as previously announced, is taking place from October 3-6 in Canberra – and it’s NOT to be missed! Jack Dann will be there, as will many other very talented people working within sf/f, not to mention the fans, and now … Voyagers. And don’t forget mini-Conflux this very weekend – taking place online and open to the world.

Stephanie Smith, our Voyager Publisher, will be attending, as will Jess and Sarah from the Marketing team and moi. And there will be a superb road trip on the way to Canberra – and we haven’t yet decided which of Canberra’s very specifically Canberran attractions we ought to partake in. This particular pilot of the Voyager has never actually managed to grace the nation’s capital with her presence (no I wasn’t here in Year Six for the compulsory school trip to see parliament) so if you have any ideas – please reply to this post! (and only with things that are legal in NSW please* … although we’re far too tempted by the promise of fireworks …) And yes, there will be blogging galore, for we will be in a position to heavily pester our wonderful authors.

*For non-Australians, there are three things that are legal in Canberra, but not in Sydney. I am not going to tell you what, go away and do some research or ask an Australian and you’ll have some interesting trivia for pub quizzes.


4 Responses

  1. You need to see Floriade! Also, if you steal me away for 2 hours after I give my workshop on the Friday and before I start my volunteer session, I can give you my very strange tour of the Parliamentary Triangle (if we go inside Parliament House you get my views on all sorts of other things, too, including the Magna Carta). Alas, I only have 2 hours and only on Friday afternoon. Floriade, on the other hand, is a wonderful flower show that rejoices in Canberra’s cool climate and shows of all the wonders of Spring on the edges of the mountains. And *it* should be on all weekend.

    Make sure that the Voyager mob is around for the room party this year. Last year the PZers missed the writers and staff most dreadfully because of a double booking, and the writers and staff missed a baby dalek alcoholic chocolate cake (made by Eneit). We all need to make it up to each other this year. Or maybe just share a drink at the Speakeasy?

  2. I have heard about this flower-power exhibition in Canberra – so if it’s on then, I would definitely love to see it – and anything in else in Canberra that you think is worth seeing! The only thing is – I’m hoping to attend Fiona Maclennan’s session on online marketing – which I think takes place at 12pm – what time are you free in the afternoon? Regardless, we’ll definitely catch up somewhere along the wayside 🙂
    When *is* the room party? We Voyagers don’t like to miss such things! Especially when there’s alcoholic chocolate cake involved!!
    I think we may not make the speakeasy as we’ll be somewhere on the road between Canberra and Sydney by then – not going to stay for the Monday – but let’s see how we go!

  3. My workshop is over in time for Fiona’s. This means that either I’m free or you’re free, but not all of us at once. Maybe next time you get Gillian’s Evil Canberra Tour.

    No-one has decided when the room party is, because no-one has offered to host it yet. The ideal time might be after the banquet? Maybe we ought to talk a PZer into hosting?

  4. Sounds good to me either way! Will do some convincing on the board …

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