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UPCOMING AUTHOR TALKS IN THE ILLAWARRA + SURROUNDS

I'm really pleased to announce a few upcoming events, including a bit of a mini tour to celebrate my literary hero, Ian Fleming. Fleming would have been 110 this May and he was a pretty fascinating character.

I'll be chatting about some of the strong male role models who influenced the young Fleming, and and how this helped create the character who remains unsurpassed in modern popular culture - James Bond.

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Hunter... a year on

This post first appeared on the Momentum Books blog.

You know, it’s with a deep sense of melancholy that I put pen to paper today while I reflect on the first twelve months of Hunter.

As any writer knows, much of our work is drawn from inspirations around us, people and things we know, admire or even in some cases despise. Of particular note for me today, I am remembering an actor whose portrayal of a tough, no-bullshit, hard hitting ex-soldier made such a lasting impression on me as a young man that his signature character eventually became the foundation for my principal protagonist, the tough, no-bullshit, hard hitting ex-soldier – Alex Morgan.

The actor I am talking about is Lewis Collins who played Bodie alongside Martin Shaw’s Doyle in that iconic British crime drama of the late 70’s/early 80s The Professionals. Lewis, a former Parachute Regiment reservist in real life, went on to play another incredible character, Captain Peter Skellern, in a film called Who Dares Wins in 1982 and also auditioned for James Bond after Roger Moore’s retirement. Unfortunately, the Bond producer’s found him to be ‘too aggressive’ and cast Pierce Brosnan instead. Bollocks, Personally, I would have much preferred Lewis Collins[1].

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FIVE THINGS ABOUT POPPIES ON REMEMBRANCE DAY

 

It's been suggested of late that a certain action author should stay off Facebook and get on with finishing the third installment of the Intrepid series, but there is good reason to be blogging. At 11 am on November 11, 95 years ago, the guns of the Western Front fell silent and the First World War came to an end. The great significance of the moment has been marked at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month every year since. So I want to take a moment to honour all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice during World War I and every conflict since. 

Like many ex-servicemen, Remembrance Day has particular significance for me, not only to reflect on my own service but as a time to remember and honour those among my family and friends who have served and a number of my close friends who continue to serve in harm's way. When I look around at remembrance services now and see how young our new generation of veterans are my wish is that they receive the greatest levels of support and recognition that we can provide them throughout their lives. They deserve our utmost respect, gratitude and care.

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ANNOUNCING PEONY LITERARY AGENCY

Just last week, I was most pleased to announce that I have signed with Hong Kong based Peony Literary Agency and will be represented by Marysia Juszczakiewicz, which is an exciting next stage of my writing and publishing adventure.

As the founder and owner of Peony Literary Agency, Marysia has extensive experience in sales of worldwide rights both in Asia and outside of Asia. She represents many writers in the region and was the first agent to represent the recent Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan.

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6 THRILLING WAYS TO SPEND VALENTINE'S DAY

Valentine's Day. Two words that leave people in a hot flush, or a cold sweat. The pressure of finding the perfect gift, arranging the perfect dinner or just getting the card right for the person you fancy can be, well, challenging (unbearable).

Usually I'm rushing around at the last minute, eventually picking up a favourite bottle of bubbles for my Sar before we settle into a romantic picnic together somewhere. Of course, this year, we'll be joined by our boys, Captain Morgan and Baby Rhett, and the trampoline in the backyard will most likely be the 'romantic' spot.

So, if, like me, you don't succumb to the commercialisation of February 14 but still want to acknowledge it with a stylish but not excessive hat-tip to Saint Valentine, here's what you do this year: promise that special someone - him or her - some real action!

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