• 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: Transport … think *real* hard about it …

When you are building a world, your people need to get around it, unless all the action takes place in one room (in which case you have a whole different set of problems I’m not going to tackle here).

So, before you have you hero haring off to save the damsel in distress (or the damsel haring off to save the hero) think about your methods of transport and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What are the main types of transport on my world?
  2. Who controls it? (ie does every man own a horse or do they all use the monorail?)
  3. Are modes of transport similar across the planet? (Which might give rise to the disturbing spectacle of reindeer in the tropics.)
  4. Is the transport appropriate to the technology, power, and infrastructure?
  5. Does everyone have access to the same transport? (Think about how many people on Earth can afford to fly or even own a car. Think about the consequences to trade, growth and pollution, and perception of inequitable distribution of wealth.)
  6. How does transport impact the world in terms of society?
  7. How would the disruption of transport impact my world? (There’s a reason the first thing they do in wars in bomb bridges, you know…)

And remember… there is a time factor involved in the type of transport you use on your world. Decide fairly early on in your story how your people are going to get around. And then stick to it. A city that is 90 miles away isn’t going to be taken by an advancing army by surprise if they’re on horseback. They might if you have aircraft and high technology, but if your heroes are on foot, your damsel is going to be in distress for days before she’s rescued…


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