• 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!

     

     

True Blood Competition – FANGtastic!

The folks over at FANGtastic Fiction had another comp last week, a continuation of their Sookie-fest only this time they gave away series 1 & 2 of True Blood on DVD. I jumped in (being keen and without TV). My name didn’t come up but it was fun to have a go!

Who cares about Sookie if you can say 'This DVD is MINE'!

The question was:
Explain why you think that there has been such a growth in paranormal romance and urban fantasy books over the past decade? Why are we now seeing so many vampires, werewolves, angels demons, faeries and otherworldly beings? Is it a reflection of increasing danger in our world, a fad, … or what?

My answer:
Vampires, zombies, hell boys, angels and wolves are making a comeback. We see them everywhere in literature, films, art and games, and they’ve got a new look. This shift symbolises a change in the human psyche, a movement towards wholeness as a conscious being.

When our monsters evolve over time, it’s not simply a trend in literature and film. Take the vampire for example. In Murnau’s Nosferatu, a 1920’ unofficial adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the monster is hideous and spellbinding. There is an erotic quality to his power, but mortals are no match save to try and destroy him—stake his heart, cut off his head. Our new vampire images, like Twilight’s Edward Cullen or Underworld’s death dealer, Selene, we have vampires that are not only physically beautiful but capable of relationship. Capable of love. This is a reflection of our ability as a species to relate to our own ‘dark side,’ to dialog with our inner ‘demons’.

As our relationship to Self changes, our monsters must change too. What was demonized and relegated to the unconscious is rising not as a terrible power but as a force we can relate to, understand for its differences, and even learn to love. Note the word ‘demon’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘dynamic’ and it is the dynamic power of life within us that is starting to emerge. As we get to know our inner demons, the representations of them in the outer world alter, and amplify. An increase in paranormal literature and urban fantasy isn’t about greater danger in the outer world, it’s a signpost to a greater relationship within.

Check the comments. Some are pretty funny, like Laura C says: ‘Girls have always loved the “bad boys”, but there’s only so much Russell Crowe and Colin Farrell we can take. Bring on the supernaturals!’
Congratulations to the winner Ingrid Elkne.

What do you all think? Why are the supernatural beings gaining popularity? Love to hear your thoughts on the topic.

Kim Falconer is working on the second book in the Quantum Encryption trilogy, the follow up to Quantum Enchantment. The first book in the new series is called Path of the Stray and will be out in August. Also in August, Kim is taking part in several events in the Byron Bay Writers Festival, find the details on the News & Events page!

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2 Responses

  1. I would agree about the love of bad boys – I mean, Heathcliff IS Wuthering Heights 🙂 – but I also think that the creation of box office smashes like Lord of the Rings and The Matrix have introduced speculative and fantasy fiction into the mainstream and this has been echoed in book sales.

    • Those films have opened the eyes of viewers and paved the way for many books, films and episodes to follow. I also think the audience was ready to ‘see’ them, ready to explore beyond the limits of ‘reality’.

      It’s a good era for SFF! 🙂

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