• 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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The Hero’s Journey: Getting Published Part II

Inititation, 2005: The first step in initiation is The Road of Trials where the hero encounters a series of tests, tasks and ordeals. Like the Fool, I walked into this blind because I thought all the hard part was behind me. Ha! After months of sending out query letters (and buying books on how to write fabulous, eye catching query letters) I received a continuous trickle of responses, all the same: Rejection. They were very polite. It wasn’t a reflection on my work (how could it be when they hadn’t read it yet?). Good luck and all the best.

Reading Rosette

The end result, Rosette is now fully formed ... and Kim will continue to blog on how she came to be.

The Meeting with the Goddess, Spring 2005: The meeting with the goddess represents the point in the adventure when the hero experiences an all-powerful, all encompassing, unconditionally loving divine intervention on their behalf. For me the goddess came in the form of a woman—a friend in film, a script supervisor who said she knew someone in publishing and would contact her on my behalf. This publisher was in Morocco and couldn’t help me herself but she said, ‘Tell her to talk to Stephanie Smith. She’s the one to get.’ I was thrilled for about thirty seconds until I realized that Voyager was one of the ‘big houses’, the ones that did not usually consider un-agented manuscript.

Second Road of Trials, Summer 2006: No problem! I had a name and a goal. I would get an agent. I sent out another flurry of query letters to every agent that represented works in the genre. This time I didn’t get many replies but the ones I did receive all read the same—Thank you for your query. We are not taking on any new clients at this time. I was starting to get very used to rejection. (If anyone wants a boost after receiving a rejection letter read the one Ursula Le Guin shares.)

Second meeting with the Goddess, Autumn 2006: The goddess often appears more than once. In my case she appeared multiple times. Good thing. I was getting a little lost as to what to do next when a friend of mine (goddess #2) said, ‘Kim, if you were trying to catch a horse, would you go about it this way?’ Huh? What was I doing wrong? She clarified, asking if I were after a wild horse would I chase it with clenched fists and waving arms. I said I would not, and she said, ‘so stop doing that.’ She pointed out that I was struggling towards my desire so fiercely that there was no way for it to happen. She told me to relax, go to the beach, goof off. Something would turn up. Enter goddess #3. As soon as I took a day off, another friend, an author and chart client, rang and in chatting she said, ‘Send me your synopsis and I’ll see if my agent has a suggestion. I sent. He did! The journey continued! Questions and comments always welcome.

Read Part I

Kim Falconer’s novel The Spell of Rosette is now available  throughout Australia.

Kim runs Quantum Enchantment‚ the official website for The Spell of Rosette and its sequels (which she is working on). She also runs Falconer’s Astrologytrains with a sword and is completing a Masters Degree.


4 Responses

  1. Hi Kim – The gestation and birth of Rosette is an awesome tale of persistence and perseverance! It’s almost as if she is her own entity and you’ve been chosen to bring her into the world. For me, your persistence and ability to make it happen when it appeared as though her fate was dependent on others – agents, publishers, etc – is a great lesson! Thanks for sharing this heroic journey!

  2. Gestation and birth is right! I feel like I had a 10 year pregnancy, a 2 year labor and now that she’s born, she’s off into the hands of the world. It’s an amazing process and I love the way you say, ‘appeared as though her fate depended on others). That’s quite an insight!

    What I persisted with most was enjoying the journey–and I still am!

    Thanks Myrna for dropping by. It’s always good to see you here 🙂

  3. I don’t suppose your transits helped. Trouble is, it’s so easy to read transits the wrong way – I tend to err on the side of optimism and had high hopes when I had Neptune on my Mercury…but what I got was confusion and deception, dammit:-) Do you know what transits were in operation when you finally sold Rosette?

    And thanks for sharing. You’ve made the angst into a powerful learning experience!

  4. Angst is a powerful learning experience because it is the guts of the journey! In the stories we read and write, it is the angst and turmoil of the characters that keeps us riveted, and so it is with life. If I can say, ‘wow, this is ‘the road of trials and I know it will lead somewhere creative’, I get myself lined up with that creativity.I’m not subsumed by it. The Hero’s Journey becomes a model that helps lift us out of victim mode and into participation with life.

    Major transits at the time of Rosette’s contract were T. Pluto opposite Venus/Jupiter, (this often coincides with a new and significant committed relationship) T. Neptune trine Mercury (the muse dances, and there were moments of confusion, I promise!) and T.Uranus square MC (sudden change in profession/social identity–a whole blog post in itself).

    There are a lot of ways to find meaning in the symbol system of astrology but I like your idea of ‘error on the side of optimism!’ Neptune may have felt confusing at the time (belly of the whale?) but now what? Where has that led you ? Is there a new path? New goals?

    Thanks you for your questions and insights. It’s always good to have your voice here!

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