• 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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In the Game of Food, you win or you wash the dishes..

Ever wanted to eat like a king? Or at least how George RR Martin thinks a king should eat? This is probably old news to some, but I think this blog is fantastic! The Inn at the Crossroads. They have nearly 160 recipes from the first 4 books of A Song of Ice & Fire alone! That said, there’s stuff even they won’t touch! Olives stuffed with Maggots? Pass!

There’s also nice writeup on BoingBoing that directed me there: http://boingboing.net/2011/10/31/inn-at-the-crossroads-a-game-of-thrones-cooking-blog.html

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‘Outland’: Watch a trailer for the new Australian comedy

This could be fun!

Via Digital Spy:

Published Saturday, Oct 29 2011, 3:12am EST | By Alex Fletcher
A trailer for the brand new Australian comedy Outland has been released.Outland focuses on the lives of a group of gay sci-fi fans and has been compared to The Big Bang Theory.

The show stars Christine Anu, Ben Gerrard, Paul Ireland, Adam Richard and Toby Truslove. Outland‘s producer Laura Waters said: “[Production company] Princess Pictures is proud that closeted science fiction fans will finally have a voice and that a full family of gay Australian characters can go where they never ventured before – prime-time television.”

Outland will be produced and filmed in Melbourne by the same team behind the highly popular Summer Heights High and John Safran’s Race Relations. It is due to begin in Australia in February and is expected to air in the UK later in 2012.

Watch the trailer for Outland

Creature Court Contest!

 

Tansy Rayner Roberts, author of Power & Majesty and The Shattered City is having an awesome contest through her blog:

THE CREATURE COURT
FASHION CHALLENGE CONTEST.

Design or describe an outfit for one of the characters of the Creature Court novels to wear.

EVERYONE’S A WINNER:

Everyone who enters the contest & provides me with a postal address (to creaturecourt (at) gmail.com – please don’t post addresses in comments) will receive a Creature Court postcard with a juicy snippet from Book 3 hand-written by me.

I’ve always thought costume design ( whether for film, stage or cosplay ) is an underrated skill, so hopefully this will help some folks get their designs out there!  Just head over to the Contest post , comment & email Tansy your entry to creaturecourt (at) gmail.com to enter!

What happens when Steven Spelberg and Peter Jackson get together.

A Tintin movie!  Now we have some half decent trailers out ( the movie opens in Australia & NZ in December ) my previously skeptical approach has turned into quiet excitment. I was always a big fan of the comics & the animated series from the 90s and not sure Herge’s styalised characters would translate well into 3D, especially hyper-real computer generated 3D! I could be proven wrong and find the big-screen turns the characters into residents of the uncanny valley, but from the trailers I think they’ve found a happy medium between the real and the caricatured. We have the Art of TinTin out now and its packed with beautiful artwork- I’ve always been a sucker for movie art books!

There’s an article I read recently about the TinTin movie which espoused the idea that comic book stories and even fantasy/sci-fi genre stories would be better suited to this style of hyper-real animation. I must admit I baulked at that. While animation is certainly fun, I feel that the current techniques of computer assisted wizardry that allow live action fantasy & sci-fi are amazing and I think we’ll always be slightly more moved/excited/scared by something that involves real people. What do you think? Would you be happy if your favourite fantasy or sci-fi book was turned into an animated film rather than live action?

SheKilda is on this weekend!

SheKilda Festival
Voyager author Kim Westwood will be on 2 panels at this weekend’s SheKilda Crime Writing Festival in St Kilda!  The first is Bending the Rules on Saturday 8th Oct & the second is Crime Travel on Sunday 9th Oct. Check out the full program here: http://www.shekilda.com.au/program/session-schedule/all

There are also a few other HarperCollins authors there, so if you’re interested book & head along!

Sara Douglass

As I’m sure many of you now know, Sara Douglass, the bestselling Australian fantasy writer, died this week after a battle with cancer. Sara was the first Australian signed to HarperCollins’ Voyager list in 1995 . Everyone at  HarperCollins Publishers send their deepest condolences to Sara’s family, friends and legions of fans. Sara’s publisher and long-time colleague Stephanie Smith will be posting a more in depth message later on, but we wanted to assure all our readers how much her passing means to us.

Rhonda Roberts talks Gladiatrix and news on Hoodwink!

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Rowena Cory Daniells has posted a fab interview with our own Rhonda Roberts, author of Gladiatrix, where she talks about getting published, gender in fantasy and what’s coming up next for her time travelling heroine Kannon Dupree.

We’re thrilled to announce that Rhonda’s much anticipated next book Hoodwink will hit the shelves in January 2012.

Now we know it’s not close enough for some Gladiatrix fans so here’s a little bit more info to keep you going:

A perfectly preserved body, covered in Mayan occult tattoos, is discovered embedded in the concrete floor beneath the set of a teen werewolf TV series. The police identify the man as Earl Curtis, a famous director who went missing in 1939 while working on Gone with the Wind. Hired to investigate, Kannon returns to old Hollywood. But in the present someone is stalking the remaining witnesses.

Check out the interview here.