Pinning the creative writing process

When you think of Pinterest, you might have images of wedding dresses, floral arrangements and hair styles in mind, but think again. Some authors have a social media channel that they’re naturally more comfortable with, and I’m happy to admit that that’s Pinterest for me – or in my words, inspired by the favourite Guinness-flavoured ale, PINT-terest.

Eat the Elephant One Bite at a Time

If you haven’t heard, Pinterest is an online pinboard where you can browse, collect and share theme-based images that inspire you. As an author with (some say) a cinematic writing style, it’s a huge part of the process when writing to create mindmaps and moodboards to help articulate a vision for the books and to figure out how to attack them. 

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NINE ULTRA-SECRET FACTS ABOUT INTREPID

In honour of the upcoming Facebook Event on 25 July at 7.30pm AEST (RSVP here to be reminded on the night via Facebook!), I wanted to put out a special post with some things you may not know about the black-ops Interpol agency, Intrepid. As the Intelligence, Recovery, Protection and Infiltration Division of Interpol, Intrepid is the start point for all my thriller novels, and as my own literary creation I'd like to think it's become an intrinsic part of my storytelling modus operandi.

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HOW TO CREATE AN INTERPOL AGENCY

(fictional, of course) 

My book series features an agency called Intrepid, and in this post for Milo's Rambles blog, I discuss how I created the agency from an imagined hybrid international force. 

When I began writing, I knew my creation would inevitably be influenced by actual events that were occurring at the time and my particular take on how that might influence the context of my stories. I started writing drafts of Defender in the extended aftermath of Sept 11, 2001 – a time when I was in high demand professionally and probably needed a creative outlet. I didn’t want the context of my stories to be military in nature, so I steered away from the obvious choice – the UN and intervention forces – and looked more towards the actual criminal activity so often hidden behind idealistic rhetoric and excuses for terror.

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WHEN BOYS WILL BE BOYS

It's been one of those weeks when the kids are running riot, high on birthday-related sugar and the elation of too many presents and friendly guests dropping in. You see, this is our son Captain Morgan's 3rd birthday and a week of celebrations - the festival of Morgan - is currently underway!

Yesterday we had our super Intern Julie working at IntrepidHQ, creating a photo blog of snippets from the day - so, busy as it was, here's the inside look at what happens when birthday cakes and little boys collide.

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ACTION MOVIE REVIEW: THE AVENGERS

I'm a huge fan of the Marvel comics. When Robert Downey Jr started playing Iron Man, directed by Jon Favreau, I was obsessed. And then when The Avengers was slated for 2012, I couldn't believe my luck! An old-school classic action series given a fresh look and new life? I couldn't wait. The film, which I saw with a great mate just back from Afghanistan, did not disappoint.

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INTRODUCING INTREPID OPERATIVE ALEX MORGAN

I couldn’t be happier with the results of a recent photo shoot to depict our main man, Alex Morgan of INTREPID, in promoting Defender. Here’s a glimpse of Alex Morgan, played by handsome fellow and all-round great guy Cameron Gumley. Photo by Lisa Pearl Photography.  

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