• 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 Hero’s Journey: Getting Published Part III

Getting Published: Part I
Getting Published: Part II

Next Initiation, winter 2006: My friend’s agent suggested I send him my manuscript. Yippy! Rosette was out the door for the first time! After a read and a few little enquiries he suggested she needed an outside evaluation. (Insert balloon deflating—More Road of Trials.) He recommended a manuscript assessment agency and off Rosette went to be critiqued. It turned out that my assessor loved the work and had some great suggestions for tighten the narrative. (I think we just reached goddesses # 6.) Of course that meant another full revision. Once that re-write was achieved my agent (who by then really was my agent) presented the revised work to Stephanie Smith, my dream come true.

Back to the Road of Trials. Stephanie wanted to see the story expanded, and she wanted to know about the others books in the series. There were other books, in my head . . . I deferred Uni, quit the day job and applied myself to the revision. After a few more months of consideration and tweaking, Rosette went to the acquisitions board.

The Ultimate Boon, Winter 2007: The ultimate boon is the achievement of the goal. This came when Stephanie rang. She had pitched my novel, got a YES and the rest is history—the ultimate boon!

Another captivated reader

Another captivated reader at the impromptu launch of The Spell of Rosette

Refusal of the Return, Winter 2008: A common development after the Ultimate Boon is the refusal to return. Why come back to everyday life after being with the gods? In any case the process was perpetuated as the ‘approved’ manuscript went to the editor only to return with what seemed like hundreds of post-its sticking out from the pages, all filled with queries, suggestions, comments and reality checks. Again I polished and revised, all while meeting my personal quota of two thousand words a day for books two and three. The next step was discussing the proofreaders’ comments (literally hours on the phone). I am in awe of how comprehensively they approach a narrative. Amazing attention to detail. Meanwhile there were other considerations: the cover illustration and design, the map, author photo, website. All tests and challenges to keep the hero from returning home.

Rescue from Without, Spring 2008: Just as the hero may need guides to set out on the quest, often times she needs one to bring her back. Rosette was my guide home. When she appeared in print my feet touched the ground, full circle. I cried. Traci told me new authors do that a lot so I know I’m in good company.

Master of the Two Worlds, Summer 2008: This is transcendence where the hero becomes comfortable in both worlds, the inner world of creativity and the outer world of everyday life. Following it is freedom, something the hero knows only when she lives in the moment, neither past nor future. That’s where I stand right now, though I best get back to polishing Arrows of Time because it is her turn next! What a journey! Questions and Comments always welcome.

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.