Five facts on veteran homelessness

Well, my first novella and RANGER, number 4.5 in the Alex Morgan Intrepid series is well and truly out, and it's cranking through the charts on Amazon, iTunes and the like.

It's a thrill to see the story being so well received by reviewers too.

Close beneath the surface of this story is a serious issue, one of homelessness in our returned veterans. 

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Three questions for Chris Allen on RANGER

Now that RANGER is on pre-sale (check it out here) we took five minutes to quiz bestselling author Chris Allen on how he likes the high-octane cover design.

Do you like the cover design for RANGER?

I absolutely love the cover for my latest Alex Morgan adventure, right down to the vibrant, jungle green of the new title.

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Meet the Author at Dymocks Sydney

THIS guy will be putting me through my paces at the author event on the evening of Thursday 24 February.

He's the fella who inspired the character Dave Sutherland, so there will be opportunity to grill Dave over his background and get his thoughts about his Intrepid namesake too...

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Australia Day for a thriller author

January 26 is Australia Day, and I had the most low-key day imaginable, complete with naps, swims in the pool, and dreaming up the new Alex Morgan adventure (hint: it's going to be a kick-ass page turner).

But I did come across this picture with my good mate, Tim from Tim Anger Photography, taken a handful of years ago when my self-published book (Defender of the faith) was hot off the press. I handed a signed copy to Tim at an equestrian event just outside of Canberra.

Of course, we couldn't resist capturing the moment, as the irony of the signage was not lost on us.

After all, I've never taken myself too seriously.

Happy 'Straya Day.

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Technology shifts power back to authors

What a great Christmas surprise to see this news story televised on ABC TV around Australia - highlighting Chris's publishing journey to date and growing momentum.

"If you're reading a book this Summer, chances the author faced an uphill battle getting published... But technology is shifting that power back towards authors, and publishers are taking note.

"James Bond and the books of Ian Fleming got Chris Allen hooked on adventure. He began a paratrooper, serving in Australia and overseas. Using his life on the edge, and the characters he met as inspiration, he wrote a book about an Australian action hero." - ABC TV

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Keep Moving Forward

This post first appeared on Reading Kills blog.

So, I was going to put together a few words about my writing process but then I started thinking about why I approach the books the way I do, particularly the central character – Alex Morgan. After all, before you work out how you’re going to write something – the process – you need to be clear about who or what you’re writing about. Writing in the Crime/Thriller/Espionage arena, I’m sometimes asked about why I don’t equip Morgan with all the latest high-tech gadgets and weaponry.

The simple answer is - I don’t want to.

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Steve Vincent's Top Five for Thriller Readers

This week we hear from my author mate Steve Vincent on his top five for thriller readers. Take it away Steve...

I’ve never been a ‘favourite’ kind of guy. I can’t name an absolute favourite movie or book or song or travel destination, but instead enjoy a wide variety of all of these (and other) things. This puts me at a natural disadvantage when trying to write blog posts on the topic.

My own writing is a good example of this. The themes my Jack Emery series covers vary widely in scope. The Foundation deals with the concentration of the media, the power that unelected individuals can wield, and the chaos both can cause in certain circumstances. State of Emergency deals with the extent to which laws can be enacted and freedoms curtailed in order to defeat terrorism, and the risks in doing so. The newest, Nations Divided (released 10 December), is about the lengths some individuals and groups will go to in order to win, and the potentially shattering consequences of their actions. Each theme is different, fun to write about and important to me.   

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