JOINING THE AUTHORS CLUB

Last night, I had the privilege of speaking at the Willoughby Hotel Authors Club.  

The pub was buzzing and we had a fantastic room and bar upstairs in which to mingle, sip on a beer and a Malfajiri Cocktail (based on the small African nation in which Defender plays out a lot of the action). 

We talked about my writing journey, from when I finished serving in East Timor in 1999, as well as the publishing trajectory I've experienced since 2010. I enjoyed keeping people up-to-date on the latest of what Alex Morgan is up to in Avenger and hearing their reactions to my stories so far. 

There was a reading from the latest book, Hunter, which kept us enthralled with the orator's both easy and dramatic style, and I took sharp questions from on-the-ball audience members!

In case you weren't in Willoughby last night, but wanted to see what went down, I've included a series of snaps below.   

Greg and Jane Scarlett talking with Mal Grigg over drinks before the talk.

Greg and Jane Scarlett talking with Mal Grigg over drinks before the talk.

Having a quick beer upstairs at the Willoughby Hotel.

Having a quick beer upstairs at the Willoughby Hotel.

Super intern Julie Green tests out the Malfajiri Sunset cocktail.

Super intern Julie Green tests out the Malfajiri Sunset cocktail.

I always enjoy the banter at these intimate events.

I always enjoy the banter at these intimate events.

Thanks to the Lindfield Children's Bookshop for their support of the event on the night.

Thanks to the Lindfield Children's Bookshop for their support of the event on the night.

Authors Club by candlelight.

Authors Club by candlelight.

A compelling reading of a chapter and scene involving International Criminal Tribunal of Yugoslavia Presiding Judge Madeleine Clancy by Sarah.

A compelling reading of a chapter and scene involving International Criminal Tribunal of Yugoslavia Presiding Judge Madeleine Clancy by Sarah.

I don't know who this guy is, but he seemed pretty interested in my talk.

I don't know who this guy is, but he seemed pretty interested in my talk.

Just taking it all in, beer by side.

Just taking it all in, beer by side.

I haven't seen this great guy for years. Thanks for coming along Steve!

I haven't seen this great guy for years. Thanks for coming along Steve!

Some of the crew at the end of the evening. 

Some of the crew at the end of the evening. 

I appreciated each and every person who came along and asked questions over a beer or two. And there'll be plenty more events to enjoy, if you missed out this time!

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