Sheriff of New South Wales: Ten Years On

This month marks 10th anniversary since my appointment as Sheriff of New South Wales.

I look back with great pride on my almost 5 years as Sheriff. There's an incredible history behind the role, dating back to the Charter of Justice signed by the King back in 1823. I've included some pictures here of a number of my predecessors in the role.

I will always be incredibly grateful that I was given the privilege of serving the state as Sheriff.

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Why Anzac Day is one of my favourite days

One of my favourite days of the year is Anzac Day - it’s a time to remember, it’s a time to pause and say thank you to our servicemen and women, and it’s a time to catch up with great mates, people who truly “get” who you are at your core. This pic is from an Anzac Day March ten years ago with my great GREAT mate Barry. Where will you be this Anzac Day?

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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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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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Contact TV Interview with thriller author Chris Allen

This November, CONTACT TV broadcast its first ‘Scope’ – a live video broadcast on Periscope – with a live interview at home with Chris Allen, action writer and creator of the bestselling black-ops Interpol / Intrepid series.

During the live broadcast, there was one viewer question we didn’t get to.

During our discussion around self publishing and engaging with an on-line community, @bobcrawshaw (who runs Maine Street Marketing) asked, “How did you find that on-line community?”

Chris responds:  "I think the online community actually found us. What I mean is that by sharing enough background about my service history and the premise around which the book was developed, it seemed that the extended service and ex-service network made the connection quite naturally and then got on board. I think the most important aspect that I’ve learned from Sarah in regard to interaction online, is that we made all (well, most) of our online messaging as conversational as possible – avoiding the hard sell that so many authors tend to resort to. I really believe that approach appealed to the service community. Bringing people along with how I got to be a writer (albeit a very new one!) seemed to resonate a lot more with people than trying to flog the book itself. This is as true today as it was four or five years ago. For instance, I get a lot more engagement online when I share flashback photos from my career or an anecdote about an experience I’ve had, rather than any posts that may be specifically book related. It’s weird!"

You can watch the Interview on Contact TV below.

THE BEST OF INTREPID 2013

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With secret movie business underway, signed to Peony Literary Agency in Hong Kong, a trip to London & Los Angeles, and now to completing Avenger, my year’s been well and truly action-packed.

Around this time last year, I’d just re-released Defender and Hunter through Momentum.  

Soon, it’ll be the same for Avenger and I just hope that you'll enjoy this new story, featuring the first female Intrepid agent putting Alex Morgan through his paces as they track down the architects of human trafficking.

With the year that was, I'm looking forward to finishing Intrepid 3 and having a float around on the pool for a few hours, but this blog is a throwback to the posts you enjoyed the most.

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