• 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: The realities of travel time (as opposed to time travel) …

Further to last week’s discussion of travel and transport issues you must consider when world building, I have included the following chart which I use all the time to help me calculate travel times on my worlds.

If you have invented a new form of travel (nuclear powered skateboards, anyone?) a similar chart will help you avoid inconsistencies in your time lines.

The time it takes to travel 100 miles (160 km)

Days by horse


Days by war horse


Days on foot carrying a pack


Days on foot across rugged terrain


Days by wagon


Days by oared galley


Days by sailed galley


Jennifer Fallon’s website is, thankfully, just one click away and won’t take you days to reach … unless you’re using a 14.4k modem. And should you choose to make the trip to the bookshop, you can find book three of her latest series waiting for you, The Palace of Impossible Dreams, which will be followed by The Chaos Crystal in December.


One Response

  1. Thank you so much for this table! It’s a godsend – it’s just the sort of thing buddy fantasy writers need. Someone should write a book with this stuff in 🙂

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