• 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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The Tide Lords Pronunciation Guide: Part Three

Here’s the final part of the Tide Lords Pronunciation Guide – so now you have no excuse for mis-pronouncing names when reading The Chaos Crystal!

Lebec           

(le-BECK)                                      Province and city in northern Glaeba. Ancestral home of the Desean family                             

Lukys

(Loo-Kiss)

AKA The Scholar

 Tide Lord

Lyna

(Lee-nah)

AKA The Betrayer

Lesser Immortal

Maralyce

(Marra-leese)

AKA The Seeker

Tide Lord

Mathu

(Math-you)

Crown Prince of Glaeba

Human

Medwen

(Med-win)

AKA The Artisan

Lesser Immortal

Nyah

(Nigh-ah)

Crown Princess of Caelum

Human

Pellys

(Pell-iss)

AKA The Recluse

Father of Elyssa and Tryan

Tide Lord

Rance

(Rance)

AKA The Hangman

Lesser Immortal

Shalimar Hawkes

(Shall-e-mah Hawks)

Declan’s Grandfather

Tidewatcher (Half human/half immortal)

Stellan Desean

(Stell-an De-shawn)

Duke of Lebec

Human

Syrolee

(Seer-row-lee)

AKA Empress of the Five Realms. Mother of Elyssa and Tryan. Stepmother of Rance and Krydence

Lesser Immortal

Taryx

(Tarrax)

AKA The Manipulator

Lesser Immortal

Tassie

(Taz-ee)

Slave in the Lebec Palace

Canine Crasii

Tiji

(Tee-Gee)

Glaeban spy

Chameleon Crasii

The final book in the Tide Lords quartet by Jennifer Fallon is out SOON. The Chaos Crystal hits shelves in early December … you could win an advance copy by taking part in the competition at www.voyageronline.com.au but be quick – it closes at midday tomorrow.

Visit Jennifer Fallon’s website.

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The Tide Lords Pronunciation Guide: Part Two

Cydne Medura  

(Syd-nee Med-oora)

 Senestran doctor

Human

Daly Bridgeman  

(Dally Bridge-man)

Retired King’s spymaster

Human   

Declan Hawkes   

(Deck-lan Hawks)

 The King’s Spymaster

 Human

Diala  

(Dee-allah)

AKA The High Priestess of the Tide, AKA The Minion  Maker

Lesser Immortal

Elyssa

(Ell-issa)

AKA The Immortal Maiden. AKA The Mother (among the Crasii)

 Tide Lord

Engarhod

(En-gar-odd)

AKA Emperor of the Five Realms

Father of Rance and Krydence. Stepfather of Elyssa  and Tryan.

Lesser Immortal

Enteny

(Ent-any)

King of Glaeba

Human

Fliss

(Fliss)

Cayal’s half-human daughter

Tidewatcher (Half human/half immortal)

Glaeba

(Glay-ba)

Country in northern hemisphere of Amyrantha.

Separated by the Great Lakes from Caelum

Herino

(Hair-reno)

Capital of Glaeba.

Located on an island in the Lower Oran, the largest of the Great Lakes

Inala

(In-allah)

Queen of Glaeba

Human

Jaxyn

(Jack-sin)

AKA Lord of Temperance

Tide Lord

Jaxyn Aranville

 

(Jack-sin Aran-vil)

Lebec’s Kennel Master

Human

Kentravyon

(Ken-tray-vee-on)

AKA The Sleeper

Tide Lord

Krydence

(Cry-dense)

AKA The Judge

Lesser Immortal

Kylia Debrell

(Kye-Lee-ah De-Brell

Niece of Stellan Desean, Duke of Lebec

Human

Kinta

(Kin-Tah)

AKA The Charioteer

Lesser Immortal

Look our for L – T (part three) where it ends, later this week.

The final book in the Tide Lords quartet by Jennifer Fallon is out in just a few weeks. The Chaos Crystal hits shelves in early December … you ccould win an advance copy by taking part in the competition at www.voyageronline.com.au

Visit Jennifer Fallon’s website.

Fallon Friday: The never-written sequel to the Demon Child trilogy

I have blogged at some length on why there is no sequel yet to the Demon Child trilogy. The links are below and may offer you some insight.


The reasons I write about other worlds and don’t stay in the first world I created is as follows:

I’m not a big fan of never-ending stories set in the same world.

I find them limiting and believe that as a writer, my horizons are much broader than one world or one set of characters (their children, their children’s children, their children’s children’s children… ad nauseum).

Once the story is told, a writer can very quickly grow bored and this is always reflected in the quality of the work. The best analogy I can think of is working in the same office for 20 years. The faces may change over time and you may even give the place a coat of paint every now and then and update the furniture, but essentially, at the end of the day, you’ve still been plugging away at the same job for twenty years…

I love what I do and never want to wake up in the morning thinking… God, do I have<to go back to that world today?

Hats off to writers who can do this (and some have made squillions doing it very successfully), but it’s not my thing. The challenge for me is creating new worlds and new characters. Perhaps I have a short attention span, but once a story is told, I very quickly feel the need to move on.

I have many other stories to tell.

Hundreds … nay thousands of them. Medalon, the countries surrounding it and the people who live there are only one story of many trying to get out. My head will explode if I don’t let the other characters and worlds out to play.

The publishers aren’t all that interested…

Significantly (at least if I want to keep, well, eating), my publishers have shown no raving enthusiasm for any future stories set in this world. (What I mean is – nobody is ringing me with 7 figure offers for a sequel – at least not for this series… hehehe). The Powers That Be are much more interested in the new worlds I have created. This may seem odd, but look at it from their point of view. The six books of the Hythrun Chronicles, although very, very successful, still haven’t done as well as say… the Tide Lords series, which has been a mainstream bestseller and blown all my previous records out of the water.

If you want to change their minds about this, an email campaign that crashes their server might work, but if you do that, I never suggested it, okay? LOL.

I only write stories I’m passionate about

Lastly – and perhaps most importantly – although I get regular requests from fans for more stories set in this world, before I visit it again, I’d need to have a story so worth telling it keeps me up at night.
That hasn’t happened yet, so I’ll keep working on the stories that do, and see what happens in the future.

I’m not saying there won’t be a sequel, I’m just saying that all the above factors would have to change and the stars realign significantly for me to plunge into that pool again.

Jennifer Fallon’s next book, The Chaos Crystal, will be out in December. You can read an excerpt of it on her website.

Read the prologue and first chapter of The Chaos Crystal!

Jennifer Fallon has posted the Prologue and Chapter One of The Chaos Crystal on her website! The Chaos Crystal is the concluding book in the Tide Lords quartet, which includes The Immortal Prince (which was launched at Supanova), The Gods of Amyrantha and The Palace of Impossible Dreams.

If you haven’t read the preceeding three books … then think carefully before you go read the Prologue – it contains a spoiler. But if you’ve been sitting and growling that you can’t wait til DECEMBER to read The Chaos Crystal, well here’s your chance to catch up a little!

And.

It’s.

Fab.

Click here to read the Prologue and Chapter One.

Fallon Friday: Jennifer on Point of View

Point of view is the voice of the character telling the story.

Changing the POV shouldn’t confuse readers. If it’s done well, making it clear who you’re dealing with, you can view a story from multiple points of view, which will give the reader a much greater insight into your story, and better yet, a much greater insight into your characters.

First person narrative gets you right inside the head of your protagonist, but you are limited to what they know, see and experience. It can be difficult avoiding the “remind me of where we’re up to in our evil plan to rule the world, Throckmorton…” type of exposition dumps to help your hero along.

Romances and horror tend to be written from one point-of-view. Science fiction and fantasy are often told from multiple points-of-view.

Omniscient POV is when a narrator unconnected to the action is telling the story. This can be effective but the danger is that it can distance your reader from a character. It’s like a wide shot in a film and has the same emotional impact. Use it wisely.

Head hopping, (my pet hate) which is the term given to the technique of jumping from one character’s POV to another’s in the same paragraph, can be very effective if it’s done well, and a nightmare if it’s not.

Having all your heroes sitting around a campfire the night before a battle and examining what each one is feeling might be very powerful, but only if you handle the transitions well. Having the characters say it aloud will achieve the same thing and not confuse the reader.

Example:

Henry knew he was going to die, and thought of his one true love, waiting for him at the border. George knew he was going to die too, and wondered if he’d remembered to turn the iron off before he left home.

Alternative:

Henry knew he was going to die, and thought of his one true love, waiting for him at the border. He glanced at George, whose expression betrayed the same fear, but when he realised he was being observed, he grinned and said, “Cripes, I hope I remembered to turn the iron off before I left home.”

Unless you’re very experienced, stick to one point of view, and don’t change it unless you have a chapter or a time break so that the reader can clearly delineate, in their own mind, that someone else is now telling the story.

It’s like changing camera angles in movie, only in writing, you need a break before changing whose eyes you’re looking out of.

Jennifer Fallon’s latest series, which began with The Immortal Prince and will end with The Chaos Crystal in December, does involve some changing POVs – but you’ll have to read the series to find out how she does it!

Click here to visit Jennifer’s blog.

Fallon Friday: Managing the creative process

I think some people have a romantic notion of writers… that the only way to produce a creative work is to hire a gorgeous little cottage on the west coast of Ireland, drink copious amounts of seriously good scotch and let with story flow.

 

I wish!

 

But I have finished The Chaos Crystal, book 4 of the Tide Lords series. All that is left now is for my beta readers to come back and tell me how brilliant I am if there are any typos or plot holes I missed, so I can send it in.

 

So I’m sure you’re wondering how I manage the creative process (well, even if you aren’t, I’m going to tell you).

 

Did I hire a cottage somewhere gorgeous? No, I renovated one house and moved to another. Three days before the book was finished, I thought I’d have to move again, but this turned out just be fate playing prank on me.

 

So, I hear you ask (at least I’m assuming that’s who the voice in my head is) what sort of things did you surround yourself with to facilitate the production of this 160K word creative epic?

 

Well…

 

·      I worked full time for a goodly portion of the writing (well, I turned up to the office every day… working?… not so much.)

·      I worked on my Masters Thesis

·      I renovated a house

·      I moved house

·      I helped nurse a kitten with 2 broken legs back to health

·      I reviewed about 30 movies

·      I drove to Melbourne and back (6000 km round trip)

·      My son got married.

·      I was shortlisted for an Aurealis award

·      I had a book launch with John Rhys Davies

·      I attended three Supanova conventions

·      I babysat my grandson everyday after school

·      I wrote 60,000 words of a new series

·      I hugged the Hulk

·      I walked two 50kg dogs for an hour a day

·      Spent five days as the jury foreman on a rape trial

·      I wrote 3 short stories

·      I blogged every day

·      I delivered 4 workshops on writing and world building

·      I did a screen-writing course

·      I had a stories published in the Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and the Official Stargate Magazine

·      1 wrote a 40 page film treatment which nobody will let me call Attack of the Killer Drop Bears

·      And I didn’t lose or gain a single pound in all that time

 

 

Go figure…

 

Jennifer Fallon

 

As a beta reader, I can tell you that Jenny’s creative process is definitely working! The Chaos Crystal is amazing … and worth waiting for when it comes out in December and ends the Tide Lords quartet (or ‘Fallon Four’ as we in Voyager Headquarters are calling it).


In the mean time, click here to visit Jennifer Fallon’s website.

The Palace of Impossible Dreams launched!

The star of Indiana Jones and Lord of the Rings, John Rhys Davies, officially launched The Palace of Impossible Dreams yesterday. We asked him a few weeks ago if he’d consider launching it, and when he agreed I sent him the books so he could familiarise himself with my work. He read them all and then gave them to his son to read. And they both loved them. It was John’s idea to do a book reading at the launch and I have to say, my work never sounded so good.

When we met, he gave me a hug and said “Aha! You’re the evil one who sent me all that homework! There will be trouble if I don’t get Book 4 the moment it is published.”

He also offered to do the audio book for me! Wow.

So, after 5 minutes of John reading the novel, we sold out of every copy in the building.

 

The guy is a legend:)  And The Palace of Impossible Dreams is launched!

Jennifer Fallon