Posts in Favourite Authors
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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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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THE BEST OF INTREPID 2013

MOST POPULAR BLOG POSTS

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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ARE WRITERS BORN OR MADE?

One of the blogs I enjoy reading on writing, marketing and publishing books in 2013 is by Joanna Penn: The Creative Penn. I first appeared on her blog writing on Paratrooping and Publishing after self-publishing Defender in 2011.

This week, I asked on The Creative Penn whether writers are born or made. It's a conversation I also had with some of the co-founding members of the Action Thriller Writers Association of Australia (soon to be thrilleredge.com) - namely Greg Barron and Luke Preston (Tony Park, the other founding member was excused as he is writing his latest tome in South Africa) - about their experiences of 'becoming' a published author.  You can read my full post on The Creative Penn blog here.

Our full interviews are published side-by-side, below, to show other aspiring and published writers an honest view of three other authors who are writing their way to, hopefully, the top.

My thanks to Greg and Luke for opening up about their experience, and I look forward to your comments on your own journey as a writer at the bottom of this post. 

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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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DECLAN BURKE INTERVIEW: CRIME ALWAYS PAYS

Those of you who know me well would be aware that I have a brother called Declan. Extremely creative, a devoted dad of three pixie girls and someone who never minded a good time, he was named by my mum because of her love of all things Irish. 

Declan Burke, however, awarded Irish crime writer is a devoted storyteller, as well as - from what I can gather - an equally devoted dad. Described by Lee Childs as "A fine writer at the top of his game", I discovered Declan while rambling through Twitter one day. I pronounced him immediately an interesting find and got in touch. 

We decided to do a double blog interview - so here is the cool fellow, on why, for him, crime always pays.

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MY TOP THRILLER WRITERS OF ALL TIME

TEN OF THE BEST ACTION AUTHORS (AND THEIR NOVELS)

This collection of works of my favourite thriller writers is the equivalent of my literary lifeblood. I continue to enjoy them equally as much today as at my first read, and its heartening to reflect on the fact that they've kept me entertained and out of trouble since growing up as a teenager in Perth in the 1970's, and even while I was deployed in the various jungles and deserts of my past, wondering what the normal people were doing for a day job. I've grown up on many of these books, and continue to be inspired by these top thriller writers, all of them leaders in the action & espionage arena. Henceforth, and also inspired by a recent post on my favourite action movies that has been a hit, I humbly offer my list of top thriller authors alongside some of what I think is their best work!

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