• 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!



Pass the accelerator, please.

Is time moving faster — or are we?

How many times have you found yourself saying: “I don’t have enough time?”

 As a yoga teacher I’m in the habit of encouraging students to breathe deeply, slow down and create space. This, however, appears to be at odds with an increasingly accelerated lifestyle; a curious jumblebag of emotional expectations of how/who/what we should spend our time on set to the relentless beat of escalating technological change — curiously labelled as “time savers”.

 Even the frequency between technological waves is decreasing so they’re breaking over us more often dumping gadgets, gizmos and widgets, all impatient to be the “—est”, the next Gee Whiz, while we push harder on our own personal accelerators to catch up, perpetuating the cycle.   

 So, how much change can we cope with?

 Imagine being whisked fifty years into the future. Not only that but what if technology had continued to escalate so that while only fifty years may have passed on the sundial, new wave tech had continued to advance exponentially so that the equivalent of hundreds of developmental years had elapsed?

 This is the challenge I set for my protagonist in the second book of the Helix Prophecy, The Emerald Tablets, where Callum discovers that time has become an even more valuable commodity.

The Emerald Tablets    In The Emerald Tablets time can be traded, transferred from one body to another, bent and manipulated. Time becomes a magical extensor of pleasure, for those with the capacity to pay, so that multiple lifetimes, lifestyles and choices can all be pursued.

   Like most “what if…?” questions that authors ask the projected outcome is firmly rooted in today’s experience.

  Can we possibly break this cycle and begin to maximise our enjoyment? For despite all the technology and myths surrounding time scarcity many of us use an inordinate proportion of it trudging through the mud of an unchangeable past, or projecting worry into a possible future instead of being fully aware of the only space that is actually alive for us— the right now. What if we could be fully present through all of our senses for the next second and the next? What if we could be totally aware of what each breath feels like as it flows through us and in doing so allow space to arise?
Perhaps then we may realise that it is our choice how hard our foot is pressing down on the accelerator. Now — that would be magic.

Paul Garrety is the author of The Seventh Wave  and the just released follow up The Emerald Tablets.

One Response

  1. Interesting stuff, and I competely get what you mean.
    I do everything fast. Not neccessarily in a rush, but just fast. As in, everything in my whole life, which might explain why I’m so wound up all the time. Slowing down would probably do me good. It’d do everyone good, in fact.

    PS: I suppose you’ve heard of the upcoming movie set in a future where people use time as money. Everyone’s about 20 permanently, but when your time runs out, you drop dead. Looks interesting!

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