Book Talk: Fantasy author Fiona McIntosh gets into crime

Wed May 20, 2009 7:08am EDT
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By Belinda Goldsmith

SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - After almost a decade of writing fantasy novels, Fiona McIntosh decided it was time to branch out into crime.

The Australian-based author, known for trilogies such as "Percheron," "The Quickening" and "Trinity," has just released her second crime book, "Beautiful Death," under the pen name Lauren Crow, which follows on from her 2007 book "Bye Bye Baby."

In "Beautiful Death," Detective Jack Hawksworth of New Scotland Yard returns to catch a killer harvesting the organs of his victims.

For the novel the British-born McIntosh, 48, spent weeks in London to ensure her settings were exactly right. She also spent time with David David, a leading cranio-facial surgeon in South Australia, as she researched facial transplants.

McIntosh spoke to Reuters about her writing, and crime: Q: From fantasy to crime. That's quite a shift

A: "It is almost diametrically opposed. Fantasy is a world of imagination in your own mind. You create worlds yourself and you are answerable to no one as to what occurs there. But when you write crime you have to keep the world very real and you are answerable to your reader."

Q: Why did you shift across?

A: "Fantasy is very much a comfort zone for me. It is something I have loved since childhood. Maybe I never climbed back out of the wardrobe. But crime is what I choose to read. I really enjoy reading crime, particularly British crime, not American crime as it tends to be overloaded with guns and forensics. British crime tends to be about the characters and police procedurals."   Continued...