• 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!



Bad Boys!

Writing Dark Heroes to Die For

Ian Somerhalder

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.