• 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 moment – by Duncan Lay

Duncan's first book

Duncan's newborn

The moments when I held my newborn children for the first time are fixed forever in my memory. And now the memory of when I held my first book for the first time is stored with them.

The feeling was surprisingly similar – although obviously the book did not vomit, scream or need its nappy changed.

But, come to think of it, it has woken me at 3am quite a few times, as an idea leaps into my mind!

It’s been basically five years to turn an idea into The Wounded Guardian (although that wasn’t its original name), the first book of The Dragon Sword Histories. It has been about 30 years since I first tried to write a book: The Adventures Of Gary Skywalker (Gary was my best mate at Skinner Street Infants’ School and I’d just been to see Star Wars, the first movie I’d ever watched).

It has been hard work – and sometimes heartache – but it has been an incredible journey.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure this is real. Sometimes I feel I need more concrete proof that I’m not about to wake up and discover it is all a dream! I confess I went onto the HarperCollins website and typed in my name to see my book come up … likewise I searched for myself at my local Borders bookstore and the feeling to see my book come up was unbelievable. Talk about a guilty pleasure!

But real it is and, from July 1, everyone will have the chance to see it.

And here the analogy about a child gets awfully close to the bone.

I’ve done all I can – now it is time for The Wounded Guardian to greet the world (well, Australia at least) and stand on its own two feet. Naturally I’d like to see it run – but I’d settle for it not falling flat on its face!

Duncan Lay is a layout designer and headline writer at the Sunday Telegraph. He lives on the Central Coast of NSW.The Wounded Guardian is his first book and is now available throughout Australia. Visit Duncan’s blog to find out more about him and his writing.

Read about the launch of The Wounded Guardian