Posts in Inspiration
DEFENDER MUSIC VIDEO

Flashback Friday

In 2011, legendary Aussie rock band Bullethead released the extended version of their popular song 'Promise Made' as a tribute to the black-ops Interpol Intrepid agents, otherwise known as Defenders, or defenders of the faith.

This high-octane video film clip interprets some of the book's meatier scenes in Defender and now has more than 100,000 enthusiastic views on Chris's YouTube Channel!

Watch it here.

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WONDER WOMAN

There are occasions in our lives when we have the good fortune of meeting people who are genuinely making a difference in the world, every day, without attention, accolade or reward. Sadly, those occasions are all too rare but when they do happen it is quite simply a privilege. When I deployed to East Timor in late 1999 on a humanitarian mission for CARE Australia, I met an incredibly humble, quietly spoken, hard-working, ridiculously smart Canadian nutrition specialist who had devoted her life to changing the lives of others. So, when I learned that this issue of GLOSS was to be all about ‘Game changers’, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to introduce you to a great friend of mine and real-time game changer, and there’s no better way for you to get to know her better than in her own words. 

So, ladies and gentlemen, please meet Allison Tuffs.

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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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FIVE THINGS STING CAN TEACH AUTHORS

Our eldest son, the creative three-year-old Morgan (whose name was inspired by the black-ops Interpol spy Alex Morgan), has temporarily grown out of his Bond-theme music phase. Instead, obsessed with Sting and The Police, I hear Sending out an SOS blaring from the stereo a dozen times a day. SOS is soon followed by RoxanneEvery Little Thing She Does is Magic, and De Doo Doo Doo, De Dah Dah Dah.

While Morgan takes us through his rock concert poses, strumming the ukelele atop our coffee table, rhythmically singing Sting's lyrics and tapping his feet, I've had ample opportunity to consider what it is about the iconic British singer's style that has been so enduring. 

Here's what Sting can teach the rest of us mere mortals.

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