• 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!



The fairytale: Angela Slatter interviewed

There’s a great interview with Angela Slatter here, talking about the Aurealis Awards and Dreaming Again. Angela’s story ‘The Jacaranda Wife’ appears in Dreaming Again, edited by Jack Dann and published by Voyager in July 08. Her story ‘Dresses Three’ has been shortlisted for the Aurealis Fantasy Short Story Award. In the article, Angela talks about growing into her writing, and the origin of some of her stories.

The Aurealis Awards take place on January 24, visit the Aurealis website for information on tickets.

Fallon Friday: Lazy Writer’s Work Avoidance Word Counter

Lazy Writer’s Work Avoidance Word Counter

Everyone will tell you that you need to be disciplined to write.

I am not disciplined, I am lazy, so I have developed a tool to tell me how exactly how lazy I can afford to be and still get my work done on time.


My Short Story





Final Count


Current Count


Words Left


Days left


Percentage complete


Daily word count required



Here is my Christmas present to you. Instructions on how to build the Lazy Writer’s Work Avoidance Word Counter in Excel




This formula will automatically update the current date


Enter deadline here

Final Count

Enter anticipated final word count here

Current Count

Update this daily as you add to the word count

Words Left

= [Final count]–[Current Count]

This will calculate the remaining words

Days left

= [Deadline]–[Today]

This will tell you how many days you have to do them

Percentage complete

= [Current Count]/[Final Count]

Set the cell formatting to % to show this figure as a percentage of the final word count

Daily word count required

= [Words Left]/ [Days Left]

This will tell you how many words per day you need to write to finish on time



Obviously, the formulas use cell references (ie “=B15/16”) not the cell titles (unless you’re very clever and have named the cells), but I’m sure you guys can figure it out.

Have fun. I’m off to write my 62 words and then I’m done for the day. Woo hoo!


Jennifer Fallon gets her manuscripts in on time! She has three trilogies and one quartet published with Harper Voyager and plenty more writing in the works. Her most recent book is The Chaos Crystal, published in December 08.