• 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: a prequel to Quantum Enchantment

A close up of the Path of the Stray cover featuring Tryn facing off the crazed rogue leader, Daos. Quillian the Were-fey is overhead and Bree running for her life! Illustration by Aaron Briggs.

Halfway through writing my first series, I realised something was missing—something big. I’d started The Spell of Rosette, book 1 of Quantum Enchantment, medias res, in the middle of the action, but it wasn’t long before earlier events began to haunt me. I wanted to explore them and it turned out readers did too.

Questions poured in. Where did the Lupins come from? How were they created? What did Jarrod do all those years on Gaela before the Richter line returned? Who were the descendants of Janis? How did they keep alive the spell, and how did Earth get so bad? Mostly readers said, could we please have more Kreshkali? I got to writing and I’m still breathless about where the story has led.

Path of the Stray begins two hundred years before The Spell of Rosette, telling the tale of Jarrod in a very personal way, the creation of the Lupins, and the role of young Ruby Richter in the fate of both Earth and Gaela. As I began to write, I also found there were characters and events I’d not yet dreamed of. One in particular was Tryn Bistoria and her familiar Quillian. They started out as a minor element which soon became pivotal to the journey, one that continues to unfold in Book 2, Road to the Soul. (I’m doing copyedits on this manuscript right now.) The third book, Journey by Night (coming in 2011), is the story of Kreshkali and Nell, from the very beginning to an end that eclipses series one.

I had no idea how tricky it would be to write a prequel. The fine details set out in the first series are immutable and the story had to flow towards them in perfect alignment. I’ve certainly learned a lot in this experience! The beauty of Path of the Stray is, prequel aside, this story can be read before or after the first series. No rules, no restraints!

How about you? As readers, writers and editors, how do you approach prequels? Do you wait until all the books in the series are out before you begin to read? Do you dust off the original series before reading/writing the second? Is there a favourite or failsafe way of writing these books with no tiny detail overlooked? Comments welcome. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Path of the Stray is out now across Australia and New Zealand. It is also available as an e-book. Kim Falconer lives in Byron Bay and is working on the other two books in the Quantum Enchantment series. Catch her this weekend at the Byron Bay Writers Festival!