• 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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Fallon Friday: Jennifer masquerades as … everyone … at Perth Supanova!

Well, I’m in Perth about to head out to the Showgrounds to set up for the Inaugural Perth Supanova. I am having so much fun. I’ve hugged Jared Padalecki, met Nichelle Nichols, been chased by R2D2, signed squillions of books in Sydney and had far too much fun…

Perth Supanova should be even more amazing. Everybody seems to have heard of it and is wondering what it’s all about. All I can tell you is … bring your camera and lots of money if you’re planning to come.

Although there are stacks of free panels you can sit in on, and stars everywhere (BSG, Serenity, Heroes, Stargate, Digimon, etc), and premiers to attend and other great stuff to see (the Cosplay is awesome), there is so much to buy … collectable stuff you only see on the net, rare comics, even rarer games, lots of people in costume (I don’t think you can buy them, but hey, you could ask, I suppose…) and of course, Jennifer Fallon books!

You’ll find me next to the White Dwarf stall where there will be heaps of Voyager authors on sale. Or their books will e on sale. I don’t think you can buy the authors, either … tee hee.

I could sign their books too, if you like. I don’t mind pretending I’m Glenda … or Russell … May have a bit of trouble with my Russell impersonation, though. I mean … that Kiwi accent’s a killer … hehehe.

Visit Jennifer’s blog for more on her time at Supanova!

www.supanova.com.au

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Dalek-table Times at SwanCon for Bevan McGuiness

Bevan McGuiness
(pic of Bevan at left courtesy of Glenda Larke) 
It all started on Good Friday – what am I doing awake at 7 o’clock? There are so many ways this is wrong. Compounding the wrong – a shower and a shave. Wrong wrong wrong. I’ve been reading Science Fiction since I was ten (Tom Swift, Hugh Walters, Doc Smith), Fantasy since I was thirteen (Tolkien, of course), playing D&D since I was 17 and writing fantasy for something like twenty years and I have never before been to Swancon. (Shame, shame), but here I am, wending my weary way on Good Friday to the All Seasons in Perth for my first Convention. (According to Glenda Larke I have the ‘Swancon virgin’ neon light flashing on my forehead, which explains the strange looks I got from people as I walked back to my car.) What can I expect?
A scene out of Galaxy Quest?
Klingon costumes?
Light saber wielding Darth Vaders? How many yodas can fit in a hotel lobby?
With a smile and a sense of apprehension, I take my medication, grab my program and cruise off into the sunrise. (Did I mention I hate daylight saving?)
The Tardis in the foyer was a dead giveaway. Here I was amongst kindred spirits. The full size Dalek that arrived on Saturday – ‘what all Daleks want to grow up to be’ according to manic pixie – completed the fun.

And what fun it was.

Panels on cyberpunk, space opera, aliens, meeting other authors – Trudi Canavan, Glenda Larke, Karen Miller, Sean Williams, Juliet Marillier among others – meeting Stephanie Smith (finally! after years of telephone and email) and even being on a couple of panels myself followed in a kaleidoscopic experience.

The First WeaponThe best bits for me were meeting so many people, talking to fans of fantasy and science fiction, listening to fascinating conversations and getting lots of books signed. Yes I know, I’m sort of one of the authors now, happy to be on the Voyager list, but still I love to meet the people whose work I have enjoyed reading. And the convention guidelines – ‘no costumes means no costumes’ and this was the first convention I have been to with a ‘no weapons’ clause, except for replica weapons that must be ‘peace bonded at all times’.

Sigh. All the Education conferences and academic conferences I have been to and nary a costume in sight and how much more fun would they be with costumes? (not to mention the occasional weapon!!!)

And so, I headed off for my last day at Swancon, hoping for more fun – might catch some quidditch, maybe build a spaceship, and you never know, there might be a jedi knight lurking somewhere. I went to the Jedi Knight training bootcamp. And yes, more Jedi knights than you could poke a light saber at. Could anyone ask for more?

Bevan McGuiness

More from Glenda Larke at SwanCon

Friday, 21 March 2008, 11:03 pm GMT

Dinner at SwanCon LEFT: At dinner: Karen Miller, Trudi Canavan, Joel Shepherd, Paul Ewins, Stephanie Smith
Having too much fun to blog much…! It has been terrific to see old friends, and make new ones. Lovely to catch up with fellow authors/editors like Karen Miller, Trudi Canavan, Dave Luckett, Bevan MacGuiness, Ian Nicols, Cat Sparks, Jonathan Strahan, Joel Shepherd, Sean Williams and others…

Then there’s old friends like Satima Flavell and even someone I haven’t see since we were at University together back in the 1960s, Helen Venn. Wow. That’s going back a bit…

I was on a panel today with the very talented writer Juliet Marillier. And after that I gave a workshop for some 20 people. Workshop is a bit of a misnomer. More that I just talked about writing and answered questions…wasn’t half long enough! I just keep my fingers crossed that there may have been something of help there to someone. I remember only too clearly the ache to be published and how I wished I could have talked to someone who had got there.

 

On a Panel LEFT: At a panel: Voyager authors Karen Miller and Bevan MacGuiness, with Lee Battersby (left).

Breakfast LEFT: At breakfast (?): Theresa Anns, Bevan MacGuiness and Karen Miller

Great to see my Voyager editor, Stephanie Smith and the HarperCollins rep here in Perth, Theresa Anns.

On a Panel 2 LEFT: On a panel: Ju Landeesse, Satima Flavell, Juliet Marillier and Glenda.

This post is also on Glenda’s blog: www.glendalarke.com

Here at Swancon – a snapshot from Glenda Larke

Here’s a blog entry from Glenda Larke, written yesterday. More from Glenda is available at her blog: www.glendalarke.com.au
(and yes, she’s with Karen Miller!)
Thursday, 20 March 2008, 12:30 am GMT

Photo: Rob Shearman talking to Elaine, Karen Miller.

Arrived safely in sunny Perth – over 30 celsius – and the city looks bright and clean-cut against that brilliant sky, just as it usually does. I get that feeling that I am home.

Karen Miller and I have done one helluva lot of talking ever since, even thought she is deep in the page proofs of book three (Hammer of God) of her latest trilogy, Godspeaker. Great to see her again.

She blew me away with something she did. I still can’t believe it. She’s dedicated her book 2 (The Riven Kingdom) to me (it’s already out in the shops.

If you haven’t bought it, do so. Now. And read the dedication. What a great lady…)

Photo: Ken MacLeod and wife Carol

Last night was the pre-con dinner – a chance to meet the international guests: Ken MacLeod (author of such great sf books as “Newton’s Wake”) and Rob Shearman (writer for media – including a particularly brilliant Dr Who episode) , catch up with old friends…talk books, talk films and TV shows and. Well, just talk… What a great evening.

SwanCon State of the Art

SwanCon is on next weekend. And one of the guest authors there is our very own Glenda Larke. Glenda will be doing a special blog post for us from the convention – and of course, she’ll be updating her own blog too.

And Glenda’s not the only one attending the convention … Sean Williams and K E Mills will both be there, launching their respective books: The Changeling and The Accidental Sorcerer — and they will both be guest blogging for us too.

Bevan McGuiness, author of The First Weapon will be there too, but we have yet to track him down and force a blog post from his writing hand! So keep an eye out here for all the latest from SwanCon 2008.

Late breaking news – Jonathan Strahan will be doing a bit of blogging for us too!