• 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!



Path of the Stray – Making of the cover

When it comes to the cover image for Path of the Stray (Quantum Encryption Book 1), I’m one happy author. We landed Aaron Briggs as illustrator for this series, a 3D animator who has worked on films such as Australia (the bomb scene) Daybreakers (the bat-vamps) and Sea Monsters (plesiosaurs and imnotsureosaurs). More recently he filmed, directed, edited and animated Parkway Drive’s Sleepwalker. Normally he’s hard to get a hold of, let alone commission, but I had an in. He’s my son. The journey’s been amazing. I’ve had a lot more ‘look-ins’ at the progress, from rough to finish, but mostly I let Aaron, Stephanie and the HarperCollins art department do their magic. Aaron knows the story, inside and out. He’s my alpha reader for this series!

(click here for high-res edition on Kim’s website)

Aaron’s comments on Path of the Stray cover illustration:
I used a combination of hand painting, photo manipulation and 3D modelling to rough out the general composition. Once HC was happy with that, the real painting started to take shape by painting over the top of the rough to get a unified look. There were some last minute changes including additional Australian flora. At one point I flipped the image to check the balance and realised the eye followed the path better that way so it stuck. I’m please with the results and surprised how much I’ve enjoyed doing book covers. It was my first venture into 2D. Right now I’m starting on the rough for Kim’s next book, Road to the Soul.

Kim Falconer is the author of the Quantum Enchantment trilogy: The Spell of Rosette, Arrows of Time, Strange Attractors. You can meet her during August at the Byron Bay Writers Festival. See the news and events page for details and watch this space for more posts from Kim!