• 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!



A special guest joins the Voyager Cabin Crew for lunch

Today, at work, at our monthly Cabin Crew meeting, we had a fabulous surprise guest!


Here are some clues as to who it was:

  1. She’s an author.
  2. She’s written, let’s see, three series so far for Voyager.
  3. One of those series is written under a mysterious psuedonym …
  4. She was also the author whose work was chosen for the first Voyager Book Club.
  5. She’s at work on book two of her latest series … the Rogue Agent trilogy.



Yes, it was Karen Miller, also known as K E Mills, author of the Kingmaker/Kingbreaker duology, the Godspeaker trilogy, and of course the Rogue Agent series.

She chatted to us for about an hour and then signed copies of The Accidental Sorcerer. You may think that, being hardened publishing folk and all, this is everyday stuff, but it isn’t! We don’t get to meet authors face-to-face that often, although we correspond with them a lot, so seeing Karen in person was just dandy and we acted appropriately as eager fan girls and fan boys.


Karen talked about all sorts of things – from her favourite authors (who include my own favourite, George R R Martin) and books, to the rather whirlwind session she had at Denvention/WorldCon due to a surprise deadline, and she spoke in depth about The Accidental Sorcerer, which we had all read earlier in the year and had lots of questions about. Our most important question was answered: there will be more Monk, lots more Monk, in the next two books! She’s working on book two of the Rogue Agent, Witches Incorporated, as I type this entry! I did, in fact, write down her top five authors, but left my notepad at work – so I can’t transcribe it, but keep a look out here and I’ll add it. And since Karen plans to hand over Witches Incorporated very soon – she may have time to embellish the list for you, dear reader! I didn’t get to ask her my question (due to other eager fangirl/boys elbowing me figuratively – okay they didn’t, I was too busy eating sandwiches), which was: How come you know how to present a stable for royalty? (a fact she presented in the 2008 Voyager Diary) But I plan to demand an answer sometime soon!

Afterwards, we all milled (ha! No pun intended) around saying things like, ‘She’s so nice!’ – because she really is. If you haven’t yet read a Karen Miller book, or a K E Mills story, now is the time to start. And look out for a review of the first book in Karen’s most recent fantasy series in the next Captain’s Log.


This is your local hardened publishing liaison signing out.

Taelian (Captain’s Assistant)

4 Responses

  1. Oh yay! I like Monk ^_^

    Am jealous of you though! *mumbles grumbles*

  2. Lots of people like Monk it seems! It was very fun – but you’ll get to see Karen at Conflux and she’ll be just as lovely there!

  3. Truly, it was such a lovely time. I was pretty blown away. I’m so used to living the hermit life, and then suddenly there were all these gorgeous people saying kind things. I had to go home and have a little lie down!!!! *g*

    Taelian — Kage Baker was another big favourite. Look for ‘In the Garden of Iden’, first of the Company series. And of course our own Glenda. And early Orson Scott Card. Also Lois McMaster Bujold.

    I learned how to prepare a stable for visiting royalty because the horse stud I worked on in the UK was owned by personal friends of the queen.

    And you’ll be happy to know Witches Inc has just landed on the wonderful Stephanie’s desk. It’s not quite perfect yet, but it’s within sniffing distance. And there really is quite a lot of Monk. *g* I can see’s developing his own little harem! LOL!

    Please, let the team know how much I appreciated their company on Monday. They do such a wonderful job for authors. We’d be lost without them. And you, of course!

  4. See! You’re proving how lovely you with that message! 🙂 I wrote down your top five – never fear – and ‘In the Garden of Iden’ is now on my next shopping list, rest assured. Thank you for clearing up the stable issue, have been wondering for ages and never got around to asking. And I am very pleased indeed about Witches Inc getting to SS – as will the rest of the Cabin Crew – I think I’d better keep quiet about it lest they all request reading copies and early manuscripts!
    I will pass on your message – and say again, we all really enjoyed seeing you – you made our day! And I hope you’ve now caught up on a bit of sleep :).

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