• 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!

     

     

Zombies and Book Promotion—There is a Difference! by Kim Falconer

Vampires are definitely sexier ...

Vampires are definitely sexier ...

I had the pleasure visiting two great panels yesterday: Is the Vampire the new Zombie? and Book Promotions: What works and what should be buried in a bucket, under the ocean, of a distant planet, in another universe?
Vampires VS Zombies was a riveting message board style chat of V and Z literature, film and facts. Transcripts, and space to contribute ongoing comments, are hosted on A Writer Goes on a Journey. The panel included Gary Kemble, journalist for the ABC and Rob Hood, author of many dark tales and editor of the Daikaiju.

Much discussion covered different notions of zombies and vampires—what kinds of hunger they have and what sorts of evil they portray. Nyssa’s article on Emotions and Zombies (and AI, Dryads and Clones) was a good starting point and source of reference. More than a few of us thought having a psychologist on board would have been smart—it was scary at times and some people had to lie down, or close their eyes. You can’t talk about these creatures without it ‘bringing up stuff.’ Have a read through and feel free to add to the discussion with comments and queries!

Identity crisis ...

Identity crisis ...

Gary Kemble was also on the panel for Book Promotions: What works and what should be buried in a bucket, under the ocean, of a distant planet, in another universe? Joining him was Hal Spacejock’s daddy, Simon Haynes (Pete S Allen, owner of Creative Guy Publishing sent apologies. He couldn’t make it.

It was decided straight up that the worst strategy for an author was to beg people to buy their book. From then on, ideas were popping like pop corn. Simon offered a singular test for the success of a promotional idea—is it fun? I love that! If it’s not fun for the author, not an idea they can get enthused about, it’s probably not going to fly. We need to do things that make us smile. That’s the vibe that sells books! Simon offered series of promo articles including Promote Your Book Online—all on topic and helpful. Elizabeth E. Wein shared her online book launch too!

All the panels hosted by A Boy Goes on a Journey can still be read and commented on. It seems the author chats might be up too. Meanwhile, I’m getting back into the rooms! See you all there!

Kim Falconer is the author of The Spell of Rosette, which was published in January this year. She runs Falcon Astrology as well as a website for the Quantum Enchantment series. She has been participating in Flycon all weekend, including via Twitter.

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