• 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!



Conflux – we’re here!

So, we arrived yesterday at almost dead on midday after a fabulously easy roadtrip from Sydney. No traffic. No accidents. A few cops, but we were going at the right speed limit. We checked into our seedy motel, which looked like the kind of place where people should get shot a la Jennifer Fallon’s post below. We haven’t seen any bullet holes … just alot of brown: brown carpet, brown bedspreads, brown windows, brown dust on the windows … and so on.

And then, we got to Conflux.

Our thoughts:

Best highlights so far:

Fiona Mclennan’s workshop on e-Marketing for authors. Fiona used to work for Voyager – and made the website what it is today. She gave lots of excellent tips on how to maximise your web presence as an author (or Team Voyager person) and we thoroughly enjoyed her presentation.

Jack Dann’s presentation today – Jack is hilarious! Beyond hilarious. He kept threatening to stop his wonderful speaking and talk about consciousness instead – and promised at the beginning to ‘try not to bore the living sh*t out of’ us – which he certainly didn’t! We also got a sneak peek at his next great endeavour. And we’re not going to tell you anything about it because you weren’t here.

We also went to a panel on Alien languages – very interesting (the bits we could understand) – Phil Berrie started off with a series of knocks – to remind us that an alien language could be any form of communication … and Elizabeth Gorensky (editor from Tor) had plenty to say too. The panel convenor was Maxine McArthur, who also had lots to add from her own writing experience.

And of course, last night’s launch of Dreaming Again was AMAZING. The majority of the authors whose works appeared in the anthology were all here – so the amount of talent in the room was phenomonal. And they all posed for a picture together – sitting on Cat Spark’s camera, and we have a shot too (although they’re all looking at the other camera) which we’ll put up when we get back to Evil HQ. We also got to meet Kim Westwood, who is lovely and showed me how to sign my name with a flourish like a real author! I have to practise 10 times a day.

We’re also very happy to see lots of copies of the Voyager newsletter, The Captain’s Log, floating around – in showbags and in people’s hands.

Right now, Sarah and I are a bit Confluxed out – so we went out and bought four books between us, plus Tim and I bought another four this morning. So we have eight books of potential reading to do between panels (so we’ll get through about 1 chapter today).  And that’s all for now.

Check back for an update on Monday.

(And Canberra is actually quite nice)

(But it rained this morning)

(But there’s no politicians in town)

(So it’s okay)

(It’s awesome)

3 Responses

  1. Sorry you lucked out a bit on the accomm. and better luck next time.

    Rain -yes, well -good time for an indoor con, yes? We’re lucky compared to the Floriade lot. 🙂

    Had fun at the launch too -that Jack Dann is a classic. Collected a good share of autographs in my copy of “last of the 1st edition” of Dreaming Again. Completely agree- masses of talent present at the launch event.

    Last night: Liz Argall on the Opposition/Reality team surprised a whole room full of debate attendees and the teams too (and , I suspect, even her co-MC Richard Harland) , with her cream pie-in-the-face stunt played on Gillian P. Liz put some oomph into it, so as I was in the row just behind Gill, I ended up with an extra ‘souvenir” too. 🙂 Nicole declared the result a draw, but as I see it, the Dream team were ‘creamed’ at the last minute.

    Looking forward to more fun and book-buying tomorrow,


  2. The accommodation was actually pretty funny 🙂 so we didn’t mind. And we had Foxtel for the brief moments we were actually in the room!
    I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet you Tim – wish I had known you were in the same room as me! We left our books at the motel (foolish mortals) so had to bring them over the next two years and accost unsuspecting authors wherever possible. :-).
    The cream pie-in-the-face sounds fab! We missed it as we had gone to try and get some dinner in the space between the opening ceremony and the launch. I saw some of Gillian’s guest speech yesterday afternoon before we had to go. How did the PZ dinner session go last night? We had to head off back to Sydney, sadly.

  3. Happy to hear the workshop was useful, although I’m sorry not to have cornered you for a decent chat about “shop” stuff!

    Glad that your first con was a success! 🙂

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