• 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!



Interview with a Witch

Image of Kreshkali

Nordinho’s Sophia

I had the chance to catch up with one of my favourite people from the Quantum Enchantment series, Kreshkali Richter. She’s not an easy woman to pin down so I took the opportunity, with her consent, to record our conversation.

KIM Kreshkali, it’s an honour to have you here in my home.

KRESHKALI Not a problem. You checked out.

KIM *clears throat* Many of our readers have asked me about your relationship to the Earth’s underground. In the first three books, you seem to be a loner, yet . . .

KRESHKALI *interrupting* It’s all about illusion. A glamour. To ASSIST, I look like a streetwise whore, scratching out a living on the edge of a ruined city. That’s the mask. After the underground was infiltrated by ASSIST, our leaders were killed. It was up to me. Pecking order, you know? I was next in line.

KIM And you’ve held it together very well indeed. But what about the magic? Did you really learn that on your own? From your mother’s grimoire?

KRESHKALI Not alone. I had Nell with me. Most of the time as kids, we studied together. Then there was the night in the sewer. Things went dark for sometime after that. But between Nell, and my mother’s books, ya, I learned the craft.

KIM And now you teach, of course. Can I ask who’s been your most challenging student?

KRESHKALI *chuckles* That would be Teg.

KIM Can you tell us a bit about him?

KRESHKALI Teg’s a Lupin. You know the term? Of course you do. He’s got wolf DNA merged with his own. A powerful shape-shifter, as all Lupins are, but Teg’s got something else. He’s a brilliant student. Drives me crazy sometimes . . .

KIM Because . . . ?

KRESHKALI *Surprised* If you met him, you wouldn’t have to ask! It’s like there’s no air in the room when he looks my way. Those eyes . . . He’s my apprentice though, so I keep it together.

KIM How do you cope with that?

KRESHKALI We train hard, fight dirty, study, debate, elude, detect and travel the many-worlds at the speed of light. It keeps me focused on the task at hand.

KIM Which is?

KRESHKALI Saving Earth and Gaela, what else?

KIM Ah yes, Gaela. How did you feel when you first woke up there?

KRESHKALI #%^@ing blown away! You can’t appreciate it, because your Earth is still healthy, but for me, waking up to see the sun shine, to see stars overhead at night and not a muddy vault, to drink water fresh from a stream and walk among trees was like opening my eyes for the first time. Fresh air that doesn’t smell like death, rain that doesn’t sting like demon’s piss, people who live and train and practice magic in the open . . . seeing that did it for me. I knew then and there. . .

KIM Knew what, Kali?

KRESHKALI I would do anything to bring Earth back to life.

KIM Beautiful. Thank you. *looks at the wall clock* Do you have time to take some questions from our readers?

KRESHKALI *winks* I thought you knew by now. I’ve got all the time in the world.

There will be a lot more of Kreshkali come September with the release of the third book in Quantum Encryption, Journey by Night.  Meanwhile, you can ask any questions here!

7 Responses

  1. “All the time in the world…” Tee hee!!!

    I love this idea – tricky to pull off without spoilers, Kim, but then again I doubt Kreshkali would let you get away with revealing too much. 😉

    • Hi Janette! That time thing is hard for me to get my head around too. It seems so ‘real’, the clock on the wall.

      he he Kali wouldn’t let anything slip, I reckon. I do have another query for her. ‘When did you first realise that time was something you could actually travel? How did you discover that?’

      She said she’d be checking in the posts so fingers crossed we get an answer.

      • When did I first see that time had symmetry? That it moved forward and backward and we could ride it like a train? You know, the ones with engines at both ends?

        I was twelve . . . no, eleven. I got a hold of Tatsania’s grimoire. My ‘aunties’ were keeping for me. Keeping it from me was more like it. But I took it back and read about temporal symmetry. Interesting concepts. I Didn’t know what to do with the knowledge for another ten years though. It’s all theory, great on paper, until one day you walk through a portal with just the right frame of mind and zing. You’re out of the loop.

        Do you know what I mean?

      • I’m going to meditate on that right now.

  2. I have a question for Kreshkali…..I know she reads the tarot so maybe I can get some advice….

    I have the the Rider-Waite deck and I draw a card a day, like an affirmation, but I keep getting the hanged man. Four days in a row it’s come up!

    It’s freaking me out a bit. What does it mean? What should I do?

    • Sammy. Do you really think there is something you ‘should’ do?

      Tarot is a mirror, not a torch. It doesn’t ‘show’ you what to do. It reflects your inner world.

      I know, I know. It’s confronting to see the same card repeated over and over. The message here is ‘nothing’s happening’ and I suspect that’s because you’re taking something too seriously. So relax. Forget about it for a while. Stop pulling cards and go do something you enjoy. Get out of the house.

      The hanged man is all about seeing things from a new (inverted) perspective. As soon as you stop resisting, the penny will drop and everything falls into place.

      Make sense?

      PS Nice deck. I use that one too.

      • Wow, yeah. Makes perfect sense.

        I felt better the moment I read your reply. Done and well done…..as you say!

        Thank you kindly.

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