Fiona McIntosh

First day of spring

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…and a new novel begins.  Today I began the final chapter of a new adult fantasy that will be published in 2012 and I’ve very much enjoyed crafting, and today I also finished chapter one of the new historical saga set in the 1950s.  It’s a sequel to the WWll novel coming out next April, details of which I’ll share as we get closer to publication date.  I’m writing from Tasmania during this lovely month of early spring and feeling very fortunate to spend this quiet time here where I can write, bake,  walk, watch movies, read, take time to indulge in great coffee, and generally hear myself think.  I am also editing the new children’s book, gearing up for the release of the sequel to The Whisperer for middle readers also in 2012.  It’s going to be a busy year next year for publication but the hard yards are being done now.  No complaints, though.   Here’s a pic of spring blossom from our garden in Adelaide that I snapped just before we left last week and the entire garden was bursting into bloom from fruit trees to roses all stretching in the warmth.

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  1. Susannah Friis September 1, 2011

    Wow! Sounds very productive, Fiona (and idyllic ) Can’t wait to read all the new books and once again enter the wonderful worlds you create :)

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  2. Tara Marth September 14, 2011

    WoopWoop! I feel very silly having read all your books in the past three weeks… It makes waiting so much harder. :)
    Just wanted to say “Good Luck” on meeting your deadlines and enjoying the ride… Also, I wanted to let you know that I believe your style of writing to be genuinely amazing. You always keep me guessing, which isn’t easy these days 😉
    Anyway, get back to work! 😛

    Best wishes, TM

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    • fiona September 15, 2011

      So far so good on meeting deadlines. I’m certainly flat out at present but you’ll be pleased to know that the I delivered the new adult fantasy to my editor at HarperCollins Voyager yesterday and so it’s full steam ahead on the new historical fiction novel. Thank you, I love that I can keep any reading guessing and this has probably got a lot to do with the fact that I don’t plan my stories …. so even as the writer I’m always wondering what is going to happen next. But that is a fine compliment, thanks! Thanks for reading all the books and hope you’ll never stop.
      All best to you Tara. F

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  3. Dale September 26, 2011

    I have all 4 of your fantasy trilogies on my “keeper” shelves as I too love your style of writing. Just read that you are returning to Morgravia for your latest book and couldn’t be more happy. The Quickening is still my favourite of your trilogies, laugh-out-loud in parts, and I’m so glad you are going to do a stand-alone novel too as I’m old enough to remember when most stories were told in a single volume and we didn’t have to wait from one year to the next for more of the tale. Thanks again for sharing with us your breathtaking imagination in story form.

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    • fiona September 26, 2011

      Thank you Dale – I love hitting the ‘keeper’ shelves! Now the new one did start out as a standalone I promise. But it refused to end. I finished it just a couple of weeks ago and I’m furious that the characters are determined that the story is larger than I had intended so we’re going to a two book series, so please forgive. But yes, we’re back in Morgravia with a whole new tale, new era. It’s got a long way to go as I’m only in first draft stage and in that anxious period of waiting to hear back from my editor but here’s hoping we’re all off on a new adventure and that it’s worthy of going alongside the other stories on your bookshelves.

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      • Dale September 27, 2011

        What’s the bet your editor says ‘well, if there’s enough to fill 2 books, why not stretch it into another trilogy’. What can I say – you’re worth the wait. lol

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