• 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!

     

     

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Science Fact or Fiction?

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation is organising an event called  Science Fact or Fiction at University of Technology Sydney on the 20th August. It  is about “engaging the general public in science via the format of watching popular science fiction films and is part of National Science Week and the Ultimo Science Festival.” Sounds pretty awesome! 

They’re screening movies and discussing the science of things like telekinesis, light sabres & time travel. See their website and facebook page. Tickets are being sold through Moshtix at $15 for adults, $10 for children and $35 for families (two adults and two children). See www.moshtix.com.au

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Science Fact or Fiction 20th Aug @ UTS

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New Guillermo Del Toro movie!

 HarperCollins author ( The Strain, The Fall & the upcoming November release Night Eternal ) , super-geek and awesome film director Guillermo Del Toro has co-written a new film called Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.  It was shot in Melbourne and stars Aussie actor Guy Pearce.  Check out the awesomely creepy trailer & website at http://www.dontbeafraidofthedark.com  Looks like its got a local release of the 26th Aug.

A Dance With Dragons hits Number One!

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A Dance with Dragons

The Number One Bestselling Fiction title!

In news that, I’m sure, will come as no surprise to all discerning Voyager readers, the long-awaited 5th book in George RR Martin’s epic Song of Ice & Fire has hit the number one spot in the fiction bestsellers this week! I personally witnessed at least 3 people reading A Game of Thrones on my train carriage alone this morning, so here’s hoping to a whole raft of new GRRM & Voyager fans. I’m sure some TV show may have had a little bit of an impact as well.
  So this got me thinking a bit- do you think that reading fantasy has gone mainstream? Speaking personally, it was always a niche for me growing up, a comfortable niche, but a niche nonetheless. With the mainstream popularity of Harry Potter, Paranormal Romance, Twilight, the LOTR and Hobbit movies..has this changed? How do you feel about this? Do the younger Voyagers out there feel there’s more mainstream acceptance for Fantasy, or genre fiction in general, amongst your friends?

Bob Kuhn Reading Voyager Authors at WorldCon 2011

There are a handful of Aussie and NZ authors smiling today with the confirmation that Bob Kuhn, aka Tolkien’s Dragon, will be reading excerpts from their novels at WorlCon 2011. This year’s World Science Fiction Convention, Renovation, will be held in Reno, Nevada August 17th to 22nd. Not everyone who would like to be there can dash off to the other side of the world so Bob’s generous offer to do a collective reading of Australian and New Zealand speculative fiction is fabulous news.

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Bob Kuhn

Bob Kuhn is a well known fantasy and science fiction voiceover artist — an Aussie resident in Boston and gifted with a deep, resonant, instantly impressive voice. His Professional credits include titles by: Mike Resnick, Carl Sagan, YA author William Sleator, and recently Jeff Carver, as well as audio books of history and historical fiction, true crime and mystery. Bob has also provided fantasy MMORP NPC game voices and hosted Boskone’s Fantasy and Science Fiction Pictionary. He may be the only actor who has played two different Tolkien Dragons! Visit his website bkvoice.com and listen to the samples. They’re magical.

 Authors participating in Bob Kuhn’s WorldCon 2011 reading are Harper Voyager’s Fiona McIntosh, Mary Victoria, Kim Falconer, Nicole Murphy and Helen Lowe (Harper Voyager USA) and Australian speculative fiction authors Alan Baxter and Angela Slatter. Bob has been given two slots at Renovation, one on Saturday morning at 10 am, and the other on Sunday afternoon. I hope they will record him!

 Congratulations to all the authors whose work will be read at this auspicious event!

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Harper Voyager Authors being read by Bob Kuhn - WorldCon 2011

Bad Boys!

Writing Dark Heroes to Die For

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Ian Somerhalder playing Damon Salvatore in the CW series based on L.J. Smith series, The Vampire Diaries

Writing dark heroes takes a special touch, one that I’ve explored over the years in my research on the evolution of the vampire in film and literature, true life experiences, and in my latest Quantum Encryption Series.

 The workshop will kick off the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival!  August 1 at 9:30 am. Who’s coming? I would love to hear your thoughts, expectations and questions! All notes (and images) will be online straight after the workshop. Check my updates for the link.  I am dividing the workshop into two sections:

Part 1) Understanding dark heroes and making them real: Definitions and examples. Heroes, anti-heroes, villains and the erotic. Nature vs. nurture: motivation, goals, beliefs, fears, love and wish fulfilment. What makes a dark hero tick, and what it is about them we fall for?

 What is the dark hero’s journey and their fatal flaw. We will explore the psychology, astrology and behaviour of the archetypal dark hero in relationship to the ‘true hero’ and ‘villain’, what they do to drive the story, setting and participation with the reader. There will be plenty of visual aids, I promise.
Part 2) Creating a dark hero from scratch. We will be doing exercises to bring dark heroes to life through character building, dialog, relationship to other characters, POV, risk, danger, growth arcs and transformation — bringing dark heroes to light or letting them down hard, when it works and when it doesn’t. Be ready to write on the spot. You’ll walk away with pages of notes, character study and a full outline for your next dark hero short story or novel. Light, fun and insightful!

Join me, Kim Falconer, at the BBWF this August.

 Kim Falconer lives in Byron Bay and writes science fantasy novels about real people in extraordinary situation. Journey by Night is the next book in her Quantum Encryption Series. As well as her author website, she runs an astrology and law of attraction forum, trains with a sword and is completing a Masters degree. Her novel writing is done early every morning. Currently she’s working on a whole new series.

Only 5 sleeps to go until Dance with Dragons!

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Are you ready for the 12th July? The book we’ve all been waiting *cough* six years*cough* for is finally upon us! Who will live? Who will die? Who will tango with a dragon?

As some of you might know certain spoilers have escaped into the interweb, but PLEASE don’t spoil it for your fellow Voyagers! Let’s keep the blog a spoiler-free zone. At least until the 12th, then you can go nuts! 🙂

In the meantime check out this epic ad we’ll be running for the 17th July airing of HBO’s Game of Thrones on Showcase! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b0otfML5EU

And so the story ends…

 

Finishing a trilogy is a strange experience. It takes years to write, years more to edit and get published and you live with these characters, this story, this world constantly on your mind.

Then, it’s over. Sometimes, you don’t leave the world or the characters wholly behind because the next work will also be there, but sometimes that is really the end. You don’t have any other stories to tell there. You’ve got all these bright shiny ideas that have been clamouring at you from the corner for AGES, hoping that you’ll pick them and start creating.

And yet, for the readers, the experience is far from over. I said my first goodbyes to the Dream of Asarlai story in August last year, and did my final bit of editing in February. It’s been months since I’ve given any of them any thought.

And yet for you readers, this is all still a future sensation. You’re still coming to the point of saying farewell. You’re still excited about what could happen, curious about how it’s all going to end.

And somehow, I’ve got to find the headspace to remember what that feeling was like for me as I was writing it, so I can empathise and celebrate with you.

It’s a very good thing that we authors are well practiced in living with a divided brain or this might just do us in.

So, what can I say to you all about the conclusion to Dream of Asarlai (without spoilers, of course).

The hero of Rogue Gadda is Hampton Rourke, aka the Sabhamir. Hampton’s become a bit of a favourite with a lot of people over the course of the series. He’s a great character to work with – he’s very charming and genuinely likes people, so his interactions with others flow smoothly. Yet Hampton is also a man struggling with his place in the world, riddled with doubts that he dare not let anyone else see.

His foil in this book is Charlotte Haraldson. Charlotte is a member of the long lost race of gadda who split from the bardria centuries earlier. For a lot of quite good reasons, Charlotte has come to hate gadda, power and everything it stands for.

So OF COURSE her perfect match is going to be the most powerful gadda alive.

As for Asarlai – there’s still a few twists left in her tale, but her dream of exposing the gadda to humanity and elevating them to ruling the planet is still very much on course.

Unless Hampton can stop her.

I’ve had a blast writing the Dream of Asarlai trilogy, and I hope you all have a blast reading it.