• 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: World Building – Does your work suffer from Postcard-Pretty City Syndrome?

What’s the biggest difference between real cities and the cities of the future (or alien worlds, fantasy worlds) particularly on TV or in the movies?

Is it the architecture? Is it the liberal use of stainless steel? Is it the number of pointy buildings? The flying cars? The level of technology?

No … when you think about it, the biggest difference is this…

CGI cities are finished. There are no cranes or scaffolding or traffic being diverted to fix the roads or carve out another lane on an overcrowded freeway. They are done and dusted. They never add anything, (or at least humans never visit during the construction phase) and they never seem to need fixing.
Real cities, on the other hand, are a work in progress. They grow and expand and are rebuilt over and over (London, anyone?) and the process never seems to stop.

If a city isn’t growing then, arguably, the population is stable, everyone is thrilled to bits with what their ancestors built and nobody feels the need to add to it or change anything. Innovation must be dead, too, because they don’t need to build any new factories to cater for new inventions or technologies. Nobody must be creating anything for that matter, because they don’t need to expand their art galleries or libraries or even add another piece of sculpture to a park…

Because, once something is finished… well, that’s the end, isn’t it?

Hmmm… you know, there’s a story in there…

Jennifer Fallon’s latest book, The Gods of Amyrantha is available in all good book shops.

Visit Jennifer’s website and read her blog.


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