Fiona McIntosh

My new blog


I’ve just started writing a new blog about The Lavender Keeper and hope you’ll all drop by each week as I plan to give an extended look into all aspects of producing the novel from conception through to getting around Australia to meet readers when the book is published at the end of March 2012.

Thanks to all of you for taking an interest.

Here’s the link:



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  1. Bob S February 23, 2012

    What a terrific blog! It works as a trailer, and it is so informative for the reader (and the photos are exactly what is want ede for background of this sort). What a professional, reader-friendly author, thank you.


    • Fiona February 23, 2012

      I’m finding it to be a tremendously enjoyable journey to write this blog, recalling all that went into the research for this novel, and remembering just how much not only I, but so many others have given to the story. Thank you, Bob…I’ve got so many more trailers to come!


  2. Cathy Carter April 3, 2012

    Dear Fiona,
    saw you last night at the Marion Cultural Centre but had to leave before I had a chance to speak to you. But what a night!! I go to many author talks and this is the first time I have ever been so inspired by listening to you that I wanted to dash out, buy your book and start reading!!
    You are such a wonderful speaker and was sorry you had to stop. Saw you last time at the MCC and told many friends to attend last night because you are so inspiring – they too said what a great speaker you are and a fabulous woman – I agree. Cant wait till next time,
    good luck and best wishes – its wonderful that you are who you are!
    Cathy xxx


    • Fiona April 10, 2012

      Thanks, Cathy. You were a terrific audience though and made it so easy for me to ‘let rip’! The support was fantastic and I’m glad we all had that fantastically big belly laugh at the end!


  3. Meredith April 14, 2012

    I really enjoyed the Lavender Keeper.. thank you ! I couldn’t put it down .. It was supposed to last me my whole week’s holiday but I devoured it within a couple of days and now eagerly looking forward to the next one. You have a beautiful writing style . I felt like I was transported back in time and living in France in 1943.. Pure escapism … I am about to go the shop and try to find Fields of Gold .


    • Fiona April 15, 2012

      Hello Meredith. Oh I love a reader who can’t put my book down! That’s exactly what every writer wants to hear, although I do apologise that your holiday read was done in a couple of days. Most annoying, I know! Thank you for your generous praise – it really is incredibly rewarding to know that you felt transported to France and you could feel the wartime atmosphere. Hope you can find Fields of Gold without any problem. I’ve seen it all over so hopefully it should be easy but do let me know. All best. F


  4. Linda Saddington April 15, 2012

    Dear Fiona,
    I have just started reading your wonderful book Fields of Lavender and couldn’t believe that you were in Saignon in France.
    I spent two wonderful weeks staying in a house just down from the main square, in 2010.
    There aren’t many people who know of this little village, thank goodness, and it makes me so happy to be reading about it. We felt very privalged to stay there. The surrounding countryside and little villages were amazing and the French people just wonderful.
    We hope one day to return to stay again in Saignon.
    I am enjoying your book even more now as I have an enormouse love for France, it’s people and countryside. Thank you for writing about it.
    Kind Regards,
    Linda Saddington


    • Fiona April 15, 2012

      How thrilling is that, Linda? Thank you – I love that you know the village where this is set and hope you will continue to enjoy it all the more for that insider knowledge! Thanks for reading The Lavender Keeper and I too hope to return to Saignon sometime that gave us so much joy.


    • Fiona April 25, 2012

      Linda, did I reply to this? Because I should have! How wonderful that you know Saignon and can walk through those narrow streets with the characters. What a fantastic little secret place it is too! So very beautiful and comforting in the way that it seems to move at its own medieval sort of pace! Lovely! Thanks for reading my book and do hope it was an addictive companion for you. All best, F


  5. Linda Saddington April 16, 2012

    So sorry I meant The Lavender Keeper.
    I am getting your two books mixed up.


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