• 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!



Russell Kirkpatrick wins Sir Julius Vogel Award

Russell Kirkpatrick has won the Sir Julius Vogel Award, Best Novel – Adult, for Beyond The Wall Of Time (Husk Trilogy: Book Three). These awards are presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand. Path of Revenge (Book One) and Dark Heart (Book Two) also won the award in the two previous years. Three years, three books, three awards … Go, Russell!

The awards were presented at Au Contraire (31st NZ National Sci Fi and Fantasy Convention) in Wellington on the weekend. For a full list of all winners, click here.

Path of Revenge – Voyager Book Club

Path of RevengeLast night, we held the second ever Voyager Book Club, with Russell Kirkpatrick as the special Voyager author dropping by to talk to fans and answer questions about Path of Revenge, the deliciously dark first book in the Husk trilogy.

After a quick low down on the weather (NB Sydney is NOT in fact cold when compared to New Zealand – which was undergoing rather turbulent weather at the time of the chat) and a brief discussion of beautiful walks in both countries, Kiwi beer, the greatness or not greatness of the All Blacks and so on, we got started.

Russell discussed the darkness of this book – the series is alot darker than his previous trilogy – Fire of Heaven (Across the Face of the World, In the Earth Abides the Flame, The Right Hand of God). It was a transitional book for me – from the pseudo-religious ‘lightness’ of the first trilogy, I really worked hard to make the feel much darker.I wanted to provide an opposite take on the main ideas in the first trilogy.

He also spoke about how the previous trilogy had been influenced by sff in the sixties and seventies when things weren’t said outright, whereas now days sff has become alot more direct and grittier — this change is reflected in Path of Revenge and Dark Heart, the second book in the trilogy.

The chat moved on to the characters in the book …

Huma, one the PZoners attending said, I really love how the characters deal with different issues – I do think one of the strengths of the book is the characters particularly Noetos for me – and how we as readers can really emotionally connect with them.
Russell told us that one of the main characters, Lenares, is based on a few Aspergers and Autistic people he knows, and even has some of his own character traits.
Farnwyn said he was intrigrued by Torve … a character of some unusual moral strength, considering what and who he had to live with

And then … the talk turned to … SPOILERS! And I am sworn to secrecy – but let’s just say, if you’d been at the chat, you would have heard some hints dropped that might help you work things out. If you weren’t there then you missed out on your chance! You’ll be heartened to know that Russell is still working on book three, which is due out in the first half of next year.

There was plenty more discussed … but as above … you had to be there! If you’re interested in taking part in the next Voyager Book Club, visit the Message Board at Voyager Online for details.

If you want more Russell (there was certainly someone at Book Club last night who was planning to stay awake all night with the sequel to Path of Revenge) then …

Dark Heart, Husk trilogy book two, is out now,

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