• 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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George R.R. Martin interview with Jane Johnson – Part One

GRRM in conversation with UK publisher Jane Johnson At the Bloomsbury Theatre in London this Tuesday night, 500 George R.R. Martin fans had the opportunity to listen to the man himself in conversation with his UK editor (and Voyager Publishing Director, and successful author in her own right) Jane Johnson.  Here’s the first part of the conversation transcript!

Jane: I’ve heard you say that historical fiction and fantasy are “sisters under the skin”. Can you tell me more about what you mean by that?

George: Historical books are a little grittier, which is one of the things I wanted to do when combining the two; to take that sort of gritty realism you find in a historical novel and combine it with the imagination and wonder of Fantasy.

I have thought about writing historical fiction myself, when I interviewed Bernard Cornwell for Harper a few months ago we talked about this.  For me the frustration in writing real historical fiction is that if you know history you know how it comes out. You can write about the actual Wars of the Roses and you know what’s going to happen to those princes in the tower and you know what’s going to happen at the battle of Bosworth Field. With my books I like to keep them a little off balance. Ultimately you don’t know what’s going to happen to the kids in my books or who’s going to live or die or end up with their head on a spike.

But the reading experience can be quite similar. Jane has been reading the Accursed Kings series by the great Maurice Druon – a wonderful series of historical novels.  One of the great things for me when I read them was that I didn’t know a lot of the history. You know, French people may know all of this but for me it wasn’t something that was covered on our history courses, nor presumably, in history courses here. I didn’t know who these people were, even only the most abstract terms, or how this was going to come out. That was a very similar reading experience to a fantasy novel.

Jane: They read incredibly fresh. We’ve just bought the world rights to publish them because they’ve been out of print since the sixties, I think it’s going to be great fun to make them available to people. They read as if they were written yesterday, they’re really sharp and funny, as well.

The brothers Goncourt said: “History is a novel that has been lived…” I think that’s a really good quote but I feel also that with A Game of Thrones, you feel that every character in your books has a life that goes on behind the scenes: they’re not just walking out on stage and playing out what you want them to play out. You do see them as real people. How much of that elaboration do you have in your head before you set out writing your characters?

George: I’m not actually deluded enough to think that they are real people. I know that I’m making them up. It seems obvious but I’ve met some writers over the years that have peculiar views on the subject and seem to think they’re receiving emanations from other dimensions or something. I don’t buy into that but certainly when I’m writing these characters and living with them they achieve enormous reality to me.

You know, many years ago I wrote a short story, a novelette actually, that won the Nebula award called “Portraits of His Children”. It is about a writer and his relationship with his characters. Its sort of a cliché that characters are a writer’s children but there’s a great amount of truth to it. At least for a writer like myself; the characters I have created over the years are a part of me, are a part of my life. They are not me, but they are created by me and are a part of me. The analogy with the children has a certain apt-ness to it.

Jane: Well you’re a cruel father

George: I take after the Romans; they had the whole “paterfamilias” thing going on there. If you were a disappointing son “I’m sorry son you’re disappointing me would you please commit suicide”…“Yes dad I’d be happy to”. We’ve lost some of these traditions over the years.

Stay tuned for the rest of the interview!

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Inside A Game of Thrones (extended version)

With George R R Martin on voiceover!

Fear is for the winter …

Every time one of these previews comes out, everyone goes ‘GNARGHhhcan’twaitanylongerneedtoseethisshowasap’.

 

Happy birthday Voyager!

Last night we celebrated Voyager’s fifteenth birthday with a purple party full of authors, booksellers and fans.
There were lots of amazing and well known faces and we captured most of them on video and camera (apologies to everyone we accosted with the video camera!). There was a special Voyager purple cocktail and a glorious chocolate cake with the winged Voyager motif on top.
The roving vid team got to meet and chat to … Kim Stanley Robinson, Jack Dann, Robert Silverberg, George R R Martin, Fiona Mcintosh, Glenda Larke, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Nicole Murphy, Tracey O’Hara, Peter V Brett, Kim Falconer, Katie Taylor, Jo Spurrier, Cory Doctorow, Mary Victoria, Janeen Webb, Garth Nix, and so many more – the stars of the speculative fiction world! It was wonderful to finally meet face to face authors with whom we’ve corresponded for years. We didn’t manage to capture Jennifer Fallon on vid but the con is sti young!
There were speeches from HC Australia CEO Michael Moynahan, Voyager publisher Stephanie Smith, her offsiders in the US and UK Diana Gill (for Eos) and Emma Coode. It was announced that Eos and Voyager will move towards forming a global imprint. Then Emma introduced George R R Martin, Voyager author from the beginning, who spoke and then got down to the business of cake cutting. And then it was party time, with some very suggestive Happy Birthday Mr President I mean Voyager singing from one upcoming author duo and at the very end a helium inspired rendition of Happy Birthday by Peter V Brett! Guests got a bag to take home which included one of our gorgeous 15th anniversary hardbacks (check previous posts to see how you can win the whole set).
It was both surreal and lovely to be among authors new and well known – the surreal aspect no less thanks to the giant balls of flame that were puffed outside the window by dragons masquerading as columns outside the Crown complex on the river. And as the measure of a party is how quickly people make an exit, I think this was a definite success!
So, once more with feeling: Happy birthday Voyager! Here’s to another fifteen years just as good!

PS the full set of photos and video should be up later this week: so prepare to spot yourself!

Sean Bean to play Eddard Stark

The news is out – thanks to George R.R. Martin’s Not a Blog:

Sean Bean is to play Lord Eddard Stark in the HBO series of A Game of Thrones. Bean played Boromir beautifully in Lord of the Rings.

Mark Addy of A Knight’s Tale will play Robert Baratheon

More casting news over at GRRM’s blog – and loads of excitement here and at Voyager world wide! They haven’t yet cast Daenerys, Cersei and Jaime, or the Winter is Coming brood (the Starks) … so you can still dream of your ideal cast!

Poll for ASOIAF

http://winter-is-coming.blogspot.com/2009/03/how-important-are-age-and-appearance.html

Poll and discussion on age and appearance of actors versus characters – specifically for the most anticipated HBO series EVER (in my lifetime :D) – A Song of Ice and Fire by GRRM!