• 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!



Kim Falconer at the Byron Bay Writers Festival

Author Kim Falconer

Don’t miss out on seeing Kim Falconer at the Byron Bay Writers Festival from tomorrow, leading several fantastic workshops.

 Tuesday 3rd of August 9.30am-12.30pm SCU Room Workshop;
Cast the spell: finding magic in immersion 

Thursday 5th of August 1:30pm-02:15pm Macquarie Marquee
Strange attractors: writing fantasy fiction 

Friday 6th of August 2.30pm- 4.00m Macquarie Marquee
Bodice ripping: writing sex and intimacy 

Saturday 7th of August 4.00pm- 5.00pm Blue Marquee
Fantastical and magical: expanding the conventional world 

Sunday 8th of August 2.30pm- 3..30pm Macquarie Marquee
Keeping the faith: are writers influenced by the market?

Next week on Tuesday 10 August Kim will be leading a talk at Fang Books online at a session called ‘Blood Honey Sex Magic’.

Kim’s latest book Path of the Stray is now out across Australia and New Zealand, in print and e-book format.

Read Kim’s post on Writing and the Hero’s Journey.

The book has been released! Mary Victoria on the network supporting a writer

Next to the grandfather of great fantasy, Mary Victoria is in good company!

Now I have David Attenborough’s voice going through my head: “Herds of magnificent books leap through the retail savannah. Observe the little debut titles huddled at the waterhole next to much larger, heavier-hitting books. Will they survive? Only time will tell…”

I have, as freshly-minted authors tend to do, been bellyaching to friends and family about whether people will like the book, buy the book, or even know what on earth I’m talking about in the book (I have nightmares of some spotty adolescent picking it up and saying “a giant tree? Whaaa? …I’m going to go play Grand Theft Auto.”) Of course all this paranoia is to be expected. My friends and family roll their eyes at me; other writers sigh, “yes dear. Everyone goes through that.” Colour me typical.

What I didn’t expect was to be assailed by gratitude.

It hit me in the supermarket aisle, between the uht milk and Whip-it! cream dispensers. A sucker punch of happiness. Six years of sweat and labour, hard work and hope have passed since I first sat down to write the book that would become Tymon’s Flight. Of course not all six were spent on the one novel – I completed a second in that time and started on a third, giving birth along the way to my baby daughter (just to top things off nicely, you understand.) It’s been a long, occasionally difficult and highly rewarding journey on all counts. I was left feeling profoundly grateful that day in the supermarket, face to face with the Meadow Fresh.

Why grateful? Because I could never have done it alone. Because writing a 130000 word novel is a time-consuming process and almost impossible to accomplish when you are holding down the fort on your own, working a full time job or raising kids solo. J. K. Rowling, my hat goes off to you. I have been remarkably lucky to have a whole fleet of people on hand to help, advise and cheer me on. From my husband and mother who encouraged and supported me to my agent, publisher, and of course the highly savvy HarperCollins copyeditors who work behind the scenes to make a book as good as it can be… I am so thankful. Please… have a helping of cream. It’s on me.

“Night falls in the retail plains.” (David Attenborough is back.) “The nervous young debut titles must be vigilant. Tomorrow, they may be hunted down by packs of carnivorous Stephen King novels or a Lord of the Rings omnibus edition. But for now, all is quiet. The books sleep in peace.”

Tymon’s Flight is now available throughout Australia and New Zealand. The first book in the Chronicles of the Tree, it will be officially launched at the Weta Cave on 14 August. Mary Victoria lives in New Zealand and is currently working on the second and third book in the Chronicles of the Tree trilogy.

Read a review of Tymon’s Flight