• 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!



Collectables … (not the skull of an ancient dragon)

Our beloved Voyager turns 15 in 2010, and we have a fabulous array of promotions up our sleeves to celebrate this milestone. One element we’re currently investigating is the production of limited special editions of selected titles. Now, these won’t be your average, run of the mill, standard hardbacks. These will be highly designed, lavish, beautiful collector’s items with added content such as maps, research notes and author’s comments – well, that’s what our idea of the perfect collectors’ edition is, but have we got it right?

What would make these special editions, well, special? What Voyager titles would you like to see given the “collectables” treatment? What features would you like these editions to have? We’d love to hear your thoughts on this, and all feedback will be greatly received. There are copies of Kylie Chan’s Earth to Hell to give away to the first five comments … THE FIVE COPIES HAVE BEEN WON but please keep your comments coming (there are replies on the Voyager Message Board too).

(cross-posted to the Voyager Message Board so the first five comments are included there too … )

6 Responses

  1. I love the idea of books as objects of beauty – spiritual descendants of the illustrated manuscripts that came before Gutenberg’s day. Yum!

    Yes – maps, illustrations and author’s notes are all important features. I also love short, short stories about so-called minor characters (they aren’t minor in their own minds!) that reveal something more about them. Dorothy L Sayers used to do a variation on this really well – introduce a character in one book and have them pop up elsewhere with some revealing details which added enormously to the richness of her world. For example in “Strong Poison” we get a fabulous insight into the character of Katherine Climpson – chief amongst the spinsters who were Lord Peter Whimsey’s answer to Holmes’s Baker St Irregulars.

    I can imagine a gorgeous illustrated edition of Kim Falconer’s Quantum Enchantment trilogy, lush with colour and dotted with snippets from the backstories that I’m sure exist in her head. For those of us who can’t get enough Teg or Jarrod, that would be bliss 🙂

  2. All books are Special but well to make Special Editions even More Special, i would love to see an audio cassette interview with the author included,as well as extra author notes, some beautiful lush hand made paper, and rich leather covers..Beautiful illustrations,
    Maybe a link to a one off special call/webinar with the authors to ask questions?

    I am sure they will be special since you have asked for feedback from yr audience of readers rather than just gone ahead hoping you got it right.
    Love that

  3. Sounds very cool! I’ve always wanted more from books, particularly hardcovers/hardbacks….the more “extras” the better, particularly illustrations and commentary from the author.

    Although I don’t yet have any idea when I’ll get my work into print, I plan for my online work (which will be mixed media but with a lot of text, sort of an “enhanced story-episode” type of thing) to have lots of that sort of stuff because I enjoy it so much in other writers’ work.

    In particular, maps and drawings/sketches of key locations, characters, settings etc. in the book are really enjoyable. That’s one of the things I really enjoy about re-reading books like the Dune series and Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Mars Trilogy”….the maps of all the key locations in the novels.

  4. I think a collectable series sounds like a wonderful idea. The more illustrations and information in a book, the better. Details from the author about how the storyline and the characters came to fruition and how long it took to write the story would be great.

    I would love to see hardcover books with eye catching covers, like different patterns and colours. Anything with mythical creatures in it like unicorns and dragons should make the list. Kylie Chan’s “White Tiger” would be a good book to start with.


    My face is bright red and I think my artistic licence is about to be revoked. I have realised that in my comment above, I misspelled the name of one of my top ten fave fictional characters of all time. WAAAAHHH!!!

    Sorry, Lord Peter…. you may have moments of whimsy but you are, at all times, Wimsey.

    *quietly backs out of the room, bowing deeply*

  6. I agree with the “illuminated manuscripts” suggestions above. And, if I were the author of one of the selected books, I’d just like to let you know that I have literally pages and pages of extra material ready on hand which I wrote for my own enjoyment but have been keeping for things like this. Notes on locations that haven’t been visited, secret histories of different characters, drawings of landmarks and artefacts from lost cities, snippets about Cymria’s past that have only been alluded to in the books, profiles of characters, maps of neighbouring countries we haven’t seen yet, a-

    Oh, all right, I’ll stop getting above myself. Good luck with whatever more important books you select.
    Happy holidays, everyone!

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