• 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!

     

     

Fallon Friday: The “How Jennifer Fallon was Born” story

Medalon

Medalon


Is Jennifer Fallon your real name?

The short answer is “no”. The long answer is …

Once upon a time, there was a hopeful writer who was married to a person with a name very similar to Tolkien, who made lots of noises about supporting her efforts as a writer, right up until the day he made the comment: “I wish you’d quit writing and be a better housewife because you’re never going to get published.”

This was not the devastating blow you might imagine (although it is among the many reasons he’s now the “ex” husband). More like a red rag to a bull. The very next day she started writing Medalon

Anyway, by the time Medalon was sold to a publisher, he really was the “ex”, and because he’s the sort of person who would have gone around telling all and sundry he’d been my rock and my greatest supporter for the past 20 years and that I couldn’t have done it without him, I decided I wasn’t going to use his name on my book. Not ever.

I reverted to my maiden name and rang my agent, proudly informing her that I would now be using this new name.

Dead silence greeted my announcement followed by the comment: “It’s kind of, well, boring…”

Fair enough. But I wasn’t going with my married name, even if it would have put me right on the shelves next to Tolkien in the book shops.

“I’ll pick another name,” I said, and hung up the phone.

So how does one choose a new name?

Well, at the time, I had three teenage kids and they told me how to work out what your name would be if you were a porn star. The secret, apparently, is to take the name of your first pet, and the name of the first street you lived in, and that’s your porn name.

My porn star name, incidentally, is Mittens Blake.

So, applying this highly scientific formula to my search for a pseudonym, I started listing all my pets and all the streets I’d ever lived in.

The second street on my list was Fallon Street. Jennifer (my real name) Fallon, sounded pretty cool. And then it occurred to me that in the bookstores, the books would be put in the following order… Eddings, Fallon, Feist

Thus was Jennifer Fallon born 🙂

If I ever write something in a different genre, maybe I’ll publish it under Mittens Blake. .. LOL

Maybe some vampire porn, perhaps … 😀

Jennifer ‘Mittens’ Fallon is the author of thirteen bestselling fantasy novels , all of which are available throughout Australia (and the majority worldwide). Medalon is the first book in the Demon Child trilogy.

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8 Responses

  1. Jennifer,

    I love this story! Of course I immediately worked out my porn star name– Simmy Fairway! What fun!

    Falconer is my real name, BAM (before and after marriage) although MY agent wanted me to use my middle name, which I think is boring! I stuck with the real deal, especially when I worked out it would put me on the shelf next to you!

    Thank you!
    🙂 Kim

    PS I would LOVE to hear everyones’ porn star name! Captain, you first!

  2. Heheheh,
    Well, my fabulous name would be: Dane Watford – which actually sounds rather high-brow. it might be good for crime writing … Simmy Fairway and Mittens Blake would both win hands down! I do have a friend whose first street was Mt Pleasant Avenue … how I wish I’d lived there in the first year of my life!

  3. And I would be Candy Melville. Mind you, I haven’t found there’s a lot of call for 65 year old porn stars.

    Flavell is my maiden name, and when the world realises my greatness I’ll be right up there with you, Jenny and Kim…

    Oh well, I can dream, can’t I? 🙂

  4. Great story, Jenny!

    Creating a ‘porn star’ name: given the fact my own first few pets (with exception of some fish that were just ‘fish’ and went un-named) were all female, this naming exercise could be either weirder or give a far less ‘exotic’ name than in the examples already offered…and there’s a more or less minor matter of a different gender. 🙂

    Ah , well, here goes: “Katy Eleanor”, if I’ve got the street name right. Katy was a cat, so I’m not going any further in that direction.:)

    Might be best to use my own usual name to start with, even if first initial of surname shoves me 2 or 3 shelves below the D-M easy-eyesight-level megasellers in the New Releases section.

    cheers
    Tim R.

  5. I love this JF! Adorable story! I love coming here and reading this site of such wonderful authors and their personal impute! It’s really invaluable and so inspiring…

    Okay, well, names…

    “Badge Los Rogues”

    How would that do I wonder?

    Badge was a grey cat named after a song by the group “Cream” (or was it “Creme?”)

    Los Rogues, meaning…”The Thieves”…lol…

    If Badge didn’t work then there was Hank, or Duke…German Shepards.

    Or, Flubber the tabby.

    Flubber Los Rogues…hmmm..Not getting a vibe for the porn with that one…

  6. If I ever get to meet you Jenny, I’m now going to have to try really hard NOT to call you Mittens. It will be how I think of you forevermore.

    Cheers,
    Goldie Lancaster

  7. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment.
    I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.
    I will keep visiting this blog very often.

  8. My name would be Brian Arrabella. Mostly I choose to never tell people because this cat was evil, pure evil. My sister, however, is Bogart Sexton. Awesome 😀

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