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?Read More
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.Read More
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.
Last night, I had the privilege of speaking at the Willoughby Hotel Authors Club.
The pub was buzzing and we had a fantastic room and bar upstairs in which to mingle, sip on a beer and a Malfajiri Cocktail (based on the small African nation in which Defender plays out a lot of the action).
We talked about my writing journey, from when I finished serving in East Timor in 1999, as well as the publishing trajectory I've experienced since 2010. I enjoyed keeping people up-to-date on the latest of what Alex Morgan is up to in Avenger and hearing their reactions to my stories so far.Read More
April 24 is Kapyong Day, the day in 1951 when my old battalion 3RAR fought back thousands of Chinese and Korean soldiers in one long and desperate night. I feel incredibly proud even to this day for having been at one time a custodian of the great legacy forged by these men. There's a great description of what happened in the Battle of Kapyong in The Age from 2011 at this link if you'd like to learn more.
While 24 April is Kapyong Day, a very special day for my former battalion, this post is equally to mark ANZAC Day on April 25 and pay my respects to all the diggers and officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.Read More