• 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!



Close Encounters of the Best Kind: Maria Quinn bumps into an unsuspecting reader

The Gene Thieves

The Gene Thieves

So here I am walking to the post office smiling to myself, not paying too much attention because I’m revisiting the lively debate that cropped up at the crowded launch party for The Gene Thieves. Who should play Dancer in the movie, Hugh Jackman or Simon Baker? Seemed that every one of the hundred or so guests wanted to put in a bid, even though only six people in the room could possible have read the book, as it was just hitting the shelves! Okay, Simon Baker is already a blue-eyed blonde, but there’s always bleach and coloured contacts. Mind you, I knew I was breaking one of the golden protocols of a good screenplay, when I specified Dancer’s hair, eyes and tallness (never restrict the casting possibilities, a dark-haired star might walk away from the script!) but hey, I was writing the novel. Now I’m tackling the screenplay. So, as I said, I wasn’t really watching where I was going.

But then, neither was the man who walked into me.

That’s because he had his head in a book…my book!

As I walked past the station entrance he walked out, turned right and we bumped shoulders. The astonished look I gave him was mistaken for annoyance and he stopped, slammed the book closed and apologised.

“Sorry, silly of me, reading a book while I’m walking. I was reading it on the train and just had to finish the chapter.”

“Must be a good book.” I smiled ingratiatingly, resisting the impulse to fling my arms around him and land a great big kiss on a rather nice face.


He turned, anxious to get away from this chance encounter with a talkative stranger.

“That’s me.” I prodded the cover of the novel he’d now tucked under his arm.

“I beg your pardon?”

“The author, Maria Quinn, that’s me.”

He pulled the book out and scrutinized the cover, then looked up at me.

“You’re kidding, right?”

“Look inside, there’s a picture.” Now the picture is in black and white and I tend to be pretty much in colour, remnants of red hair and big, bright earrings. Not the world’s best likeness but good enough for a police line up; at least he obviously thought so.

“ That’s amazing, I love this book!”

We stood, blocking the footpath, while passing pedestrians muttered threats. He scrounged around inside his suit coat and pulled out a slightly chewed looking biro.

“Will you sign it for me?

… ‘To Sam, truth is stranger than fiction, even science fiction …’ (name changed to protect the innocent reader).

Maria Quinn is the author of The Gene Thieves, available in all good book shops now … and being read by all sorts of strangers on the street!

Read a review of The Gene Thieves in Synergy Magazine

Gene Thieves steals the show

The Gene Thieves by Maria Quinn was successfully launched on Sunday 8 March at the Kirribilli Bookshop just north of the bridge. Sophie Scott, who is the ABC’s chief medical reporter, launched the book, and Voyager publisher Stephanie Smith was also there to say a few words. By the sounds of it, The Gene Thieves has gotten off to a strong start, making a buzz in Lawyers Weekly of all places!

Maria signing books

Maria gets down to the signing business - it's not easy being an author!

Maria with the ABC's chief medical reporter Sophie Scott

Maria with the ABC's chief medical reporter Sophie Scott, who launched The Gene Thieves

How many people can you squeeze into a bookshop? The launch of The Gene Thieves tests the limits.

How many people can you squeeze into a bookshop? The launch of The Gene Thieves tests the limits.

Voyager Publisher Stephanie Smith with Maria

Voyager Publisher Stephanie Smith with her stellar author!

Visit Maria’s website

First three photographs taken by Sascha Zsigmond, fourth photograph by Jim Trainer.

Introducing … The Gene Thieves by Maria Quinn

The Gene Thieves

The Gene Thieves

Hi everyone I’m very excited because this is my first blog. I’m trying to figure out whether ‘blog’ is a noun (my blog, your blog, our blogs) or a verb (I blog, you blog, we blog.) I assume that now I’ve started one, I’m ‘a blogger.’ What does that make you, as you read this…a ‘bloggee’? Have you just been (or are about to be) ‘blogged’? Crazy word game of course, but it’s just the kind of thing every writer needs to distract her from the task in hand, the kind of game that lets the characters in her head write the novel they want to write, while she mucks about with the words.

Writing The Gene Thieves taught me this scary lesson; we, the writers are not alone! Everyone talks about what a solitary pursuit the writing life is. But when you’re writing a book peopled with characters like Dancer, Piggy, Molly and Jack Lee, you’re never alone. They live in the back room of your brain, beavering away, determined to make you put their story down, the way they want to tell it. Even when you think you’re sleeping, they are in bed with you. (As I’m dreaming of seeing Hugh Jackman on screen as Dancer…well…being a writer may have some perks).

Kirribilli Books obviously have taken to Piggy Brown, a major force in The Gene Thieves. Love their book display!

Kirribilli Books obviously have taken to Piggy Brown, a major force in The Gene Thieves. Love their book display!

Early on, I thought I was in charge of The Gene Thieves. I thought I knew just how the story would evolve. Then one of my characters committed suicide. I had no warning, I just kept tapping at the keys and there it was on the screen! Stunned, I walked away from my desk and went and poured myself a stiff drink. What the hell was I going to do, play God and raise this person up like Lazarus?

When I found the courage to go back and read the chapter I immediately knew the character was right to do it. Resurrection was not an option. I had no idea where the story was heading from here. Then I got it, they knew! I just had to trust the fascinating people I had given life. I knew them all intimately, I became each one as I wrote their dialogue, so I just did what came naturally…to them. They told me a terrific story and it became The Gene Thieves.
Now I’m living with a whole new group of people, as I write my next novel. But that’s okay; there are still plenty of backrooms for rent in my head.

Maria Quinn

Maria Quinn

The Gene Thieves by Maria Quinn will be hitting book shops from today onwards. This is Maria’s first novel but you can find links to her short stories by going to her website. Watch this space for more from Maria and make sure you lay your hands on the book asap!

Small Shen, go back before Dark Heavens

Voyager is delighted to announce that Kylie Chan has written a prequel to her bestselling trilogy, Dark Heavens (White Tiger; Red Phoenix; Blue Dragon).

Small Shen is the story of Gold, a stone spirit who is also a terrible troublemaker and philanderer! In Dark Heavens, we met Gold as a servant of Xuan Wu — and how Gold got that job is a fabulous tale of incredible adventures and unbelievable disasters, loveable characters and evildoers, gods and dragons — everything we all love about Kylie’s books, Small Shen has in spades!

Small Shen will be out in 2010, along with Kylie’s follow-up trilogy to Dark Heavens … more about that at a later date!

But there are lots of wonderful Voyager books to keep all you travellers of the imagination occupied in the mean time … as well as your favourite authors, look out for these new authors in 2009: Kim Falconer (The Spell of Rosette), Maria Quinn (The Gene Thieves), Rhonda Roberts (Gladiatrix) and Duncan Lay (The Wounded Guardian).