• 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!



Writing the Poetic Apocalyptic – Kim Westwood guest blogs

The Daughters of MoabThe Daughters of Moab — my first novel, out in August — began with a single luminous image that sat in my mind a long time, unexplored. That image I knew was post-apocalyptic: a lonely railway line spearing through a devastated landscape, and two figures working on it, padded against the elements. In it I saw danger, and hopelessness, and camaraderie.

Engaging fully with the scene was like stepping onto a passing train — a train that wouldn’t release me back onto the platform until the journey was done, the tale told to its unknown end. From there the story unfolded in bright, perplexing pieces thrown like lures from my subconscious, asking me to bite. And so I did, writing each initially as a fragment of poetry without knowing how it might connect to the rest, but trusting I would find out. Then the Eureka! moment would arrive, and that which had always lain beneath the surface appeared as a pathway through the narrative, calling me, This way! This way!

A while ago I coined the term ‘poetic apocalyptic’ for my writing, because many of my short stories reveal a preoccupation with humanity’s capacity for destruction and equal instinct for survival, while the rhythms and nuances draw inspiration from the language of poetry. And so I see The Daughters of Moab as a poetic work stretching across a long narrative arc, but retaining a certain spareness — my aim being to limn the heart of that world, not interrogate its every corpuscle.

The journey has been beguiling, all-consuming. Just as events and experiences from the ‘outside’ have worked their way into the fabric of the story, the ever-developing lives of those inside it have bled through to superimpose themselves on external reality, leaving me with a sense of floating perpetually between the two. But finally the train is nearing the station. And now is the moment of stepping onto the platform.

Kim Westwood

The Daughters of Moab is out in August 2008. You can also get an early reading copy by signing up to the relevant Books Club at www.booktagger.com