• 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!



Conjecture this weekend in Adelaide


5 – 8 June, 2009

Special mention: Sean Williams is DJing at the marked ball!

And fabulous Voyager authors Karen Miller, Tony Shillitoe and Trudi Canavan will be taking part in panels and events throughout the weekend.Extra special mention: If you’re a fan of Supernatural (and you should be in this humble blogger’s opinion!) then make sure you chat to Karen about the show.

Kill all the overlords!

TITLE: The Working Dark Lord

DESC: Writers, how would you topple all the governments of the world, and achieve global domination? What would you do then?

: Jennifer Fallon, Chris Dolley, Tony Shilllitoe, Ryan Viergutz

Go and read a very entertaining discussion!

Flying like a bird of great speed: Flycon update

Click here for the full Flycon timetable

Flycon is going marvellously well, and the con’s creators and maintainers should be very proud of themselves, it’s absolutely fantastic, especially in the midst of credit crunches and global financial crises to be able to chat with so many different authors from all over the world – our own local wonderful authors and plenty of the overseas authors. I got to chat with Jennifer Fallon, Devon Monk and Kim Falconer all in one day, not to mention Sherwood Smith! And plenty of other lovely luminaries in the speculative fiction world – including co-organiser Dr Gillian Polack. I must say, much of the talking does seem to disintegrate into the discussion of food, mmm, which might be accounted to the odd meal times when you are running between chats :). Gillian caught the author chat with Stephen Hunt and said it was full of techno-speak and a bit of computer games back and forth – sounded very fun!

Thus far I have learned that Jennifer Fallon has always lived in the Flycon spirit, never feeling bounded by location – she lives in Alice Springs in the middle of Australia (click her name for a link to her blog – which has links to her other Flycon appearances). I am woeful that I missed Karen Miller early this morning but Kim Falconer said it was a fantastic chat, and I have no doubt, Karen is always great to talk to. Karen also took part in the discussion on the crossover from writing fan fiction to writing and publishing professionally. Devon Monk in the afternoon was a great deal of fun, especially as we got quite into the knitting discussion before going into crockpots and one-pot cooking and stew (see what I mean). And of course we discussed the Allie Beckstrom series! Kim Falconer was in there – I managed not to notice she was Kim for about 45 minutes, despite her handle being ‘Falcon’ … what can I say? And tonight’s author chat with Kim, just finished now, was wonderful – we discussed all manner of things, including the law of attraction, the upcoming books of the Quantum Enchantment series, the usefulness of cats as models đŸ™‚ and more!

More great discussions: Dr Gilian Pollack and Pati Nagle on the rise of Jane Austen’s popularity – I loved Austen and really enjoyed reading through the discussion

Book Promotions – what works and what should be consigned to a small locked titanium box and shot off into the sun
(they phrased it differently) – this is a great one for any author to read – the best ways to promote your book and name without antagonising and includes insights from Simon Haynes, author of the Hal Spacejock series.

And there’s more to come tonight and tomorrow: Gary Kemble’s interview with Sara Douglass, AND a chat with Sara at 8am Sydney time, Jack Dann (1pm) and Tony Shillitoe (8pm), Jennifer Fallon and Tony Shillitoe taking part in a panel entitled: Writers, how would you topple all the governments of the world, and achieve global domination? What would you do then? (3pm) and Devon Monk is taking part in an ‘ask the professionals’ panel. Jennifer’s also taking part in this panel: Writing in someone else’s world; letting another author play in your own creation. (11am) and Is it easier to be nastier to characters of your own gender? Who is writing compelling characters within their own gender and across the divide? What about gender-different characters, and whose are convincing? (8pm)

I’m exhausted just looking at this list – so you can imagine how the organisers are feeling! Stew for all! Time to get those bedrolls out – and snooze.

Click here for the full Flycon timetable

Flycon: Out of this World


FLYCON is on this weekend. Voyager authors attending include Jennifer Fallon, Karen Miller, Jack Dann, Kim Falconer, Tony Shillitoe, Elizabeth Knox, Devon Monk and Sara Douglass (and potentially more, who have forgotten to tell me!).

Flycon 2009 is an international online convention seeking to break down the tyranny of distance, and will be held over the weekend March 13th (starting midnight, Australian Eastern Standard Time) to Sunday 15th. The con will be held through Live Journal, with forum and chat space also being donated by several sites.

There are streams for horror/dark speculative fiction, science fiction & fantasy; an online masquerade ball with the theme ‘Out of this World’, (see details below); Dealers Room; and informal chat/forum lounges.

There will be links to the Masquerade forum from 8pm Saturday 14th March (Sydney) until it closes 10 pm Saturday 14th March (Los Angeles) There will be a Flickr account for people to upload photos of them in costume, and of particular interest for the purplezoners, Granny shall be supplying the cyber buffet. Find out more about Flycon and make sure you drop in over the weekend!

Visit http://community.livejournal.com/flycon2009/

It really will be out of this world!