• 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!



It’s about time! by Kim Falconer


Time to curl up on the sofa with a good book

Arrows of Time began with a dream. It was simple really—a woman laid out on a table, a man hunched over her. He turns to the wall and notes the clock. ‘Time of death,’ he says, ‘01:05 PM.’

And then I woke up. Cliché, I know. But it’s what happened.

In the light of day I realised who the woman was and why she had died and I could see potential for the man hunched over her. (His name is Dr Everett Kelly and he’s from a different … time.) As the story revealed itself, I got excited. It was thrilling to immerse in my characters again but even more than that, I was exploring notions of time in a new way. When I had a draft I rang my publisher Stephanie Smith. We talked for over an hour and at the end agreed the English language lacked the exact words necessary to describe what I wanted to portray.

The irony is that according to Einstein, time is an illusion. (Tell that to Rosette when she’s running out of it!) But if time is an illusion, it might explain why it’s so hard to pin down—and harder still to describe the process of time unfolding in anything but a ‘first—then—finally’ order. When we bend our perceptions of time, things get a little crazy. (Just ask Salvador Dali)

Close up of The Persistence of Memory by Dali

Close up of 'The Persistence of Memory' by Dali

I wrote Arrows of Time as a speculative fiction, a story about real people up against the wall, immersed in nano-technology and witchcraft, sentient and gender biases, fast horses, hot bards, stunning tattoos and environments on the brink of destruction. The narrative is set in three worlds experiencing multiple sequences of time. The philosophical implications are optional— you can take ‘em or leave ‘em. It’s the story that counts.

Still, I do like a good philosophical implication now and then. If you want to get on board, join me in this thought experiment:

1. Notice your primary belief about time.
What do you say to yourself? To others? What is your story? Does it go like this: ‘There is never enough time?’ or ‘Time’s running out?’ or ‘We’re under time constraints?’ or ‘I’d like to but I don’t have time?’ Your ‘story’ might be creating more issues than you think. Not convinced?

2. See what happens when you change your story.
For the next seven days, when you catch yourself telling your ‘old story’ about time, substitute this instead. ‘I have all the time in the world.’ Say it to yourself. Tell others. Write it down. And, be sure to leave any comments here, if you ‘find the time’ 🙂

Kim Falconer lives in Byron Bay with two gorgeous black cats. As well as the Quantum Enchantment website, she runs Falcon Astrology, trains with a sword and is completing a Masters Degree. Her novel writing is done early every morning. Currently she’s working on additional volumes in the Quantum Enchantment Series. You can also follow her on Twitter.