• 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!



The Dark Griffin audio trailer

One amazing fan, Natalie Van Sistine, has contacted K J Taylor with this awesome audio trailer for  The Dark Griffin . Listen to her realisation of the voices of KJ Taylor’s characters.

Music: “Merchant Prince” by Two Steps From Hell
Original Sound Design and Mixing: Natalie Van Sistine
Script: Lines from The Dark Griffin by KJ Taylor

The players: (in Order of Appearance)
Orome: David G Doyle (Australia)
Female Griffin: Esther Nho (Washington)
Rannagon: Edward Bosco (Illinois)
Bran: Zach Holzman (Oregon)
Vander: Nick Louie (New Jersey)
Shoa: Amber Connors (Ohio)
Arren: Steven Kelley (Scotland)
Riona: Natalie Van Sistine (South Carolina)
Roland: Mark Allan Jr. (California)
Erian: Justin Briner (Maryland)
Flell: Kimlinh Tran (California)
Emogen: Suzanne Yeung (Maine)
Cardock: Russ Gold (Pennsylvania)

Kim Falconer on The Upside of Darkness

A vision of darkness in 'Hero' by Stephan Martiniere, a Hugo Award finalist

Hero by Stephan Martiniere, a Hugo Award finalist

I’ve faced the same demon for the last six years. Her name is ‘Future Earth.’ She dwells in a post apocalyptic dystopia, one I’ve created for the Quantum Enchantment and Quantum Encryption series. It’s not an easy place to be. Writing it, at times, makes me feel sick. But there is a powerful upside to darkness. It can expand the mind.

My worlds clash. Future Earth is a technological hegemony where geo-engineering has failed, most known species of flora and fauna are extinct, women are denigrated and the only currency is drinking water. Adjacent to this is Gaela, a pre-industrial, agrarian based, magical hegemony where genders are equal and all life revered. It’s through these contrasting worlds I explore issues of gender, race, aggression, social constructs and environment. Also sentience, and love. Continue reading

Voyager authors at AussieCon – Events

Edited on 24 August with the first half of the program.

Border crossing: YA authors writing for adults and vice versa
Thursday 1500 Room 212
Speculative Fiction is notable for the number of authors who readily cross borders and write for both Adults and Young Adults. Some of our finest practitioners discuss the differences and similarities in writing for these two distinct audiences.
Bec Kavanagh (mod), Marianne de Pierres, Pamela Freeman, Cory Doctorow

Breaking the fourth wall: Supernatural and its audience
Thursday 1500 Room 211
What happens when a television series begins to break down the “fourth wall” that divides the characters from the audience watching them? Supernatural has arguably demolished its wall, leading to an uneasy and uncomfortable relationship between the creators and their fans. What other series are playing directly with their audience in this fashion, and who is doing it well? How do you directly connect with your audience, and is it a good idea to do it at all? How does the current climate of Internet communications and social media affect the distance between the shows
that are made and the viewers who watch them?
Karen Miller, Jeanette Auer, Seanan McGuire

Thursday 1700 Rm 201
Peter V Brett

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