Posts in Writing
Resilience

Not many people know this but when I first started work on the manuscript that would eventually become Defender, I was living in the back room of my best friend’s house with no job, no money and no prospects.

I’d been medically discharged from the Army at the ripe old age of 32. Among other things, I’d achieved the rank of Major, was a paratrooper and had served on long term attachments to two foreign armies. And despite all that and despite literally hundreds of applications for jobs in civilian life, I couldn’t get a break.

Read More
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.

Read More
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...

Read More
Australia Day for a thriller author

January 26 is Australia Day, and I had the most low-key day imaginable, complete with naps, swims in the pool, and dreaming up the new Alex Morgan adventure (hint: it's going to be a kick-ass page turner).

But I did come across this picture with my good mate, Tim from Tim Anger Photography, taken a handful of years ago when my self-published book (Defender of the faith) was hot off the press. I handed a signed copy to Tim at an equestrian event just outside of Canberra.

Of course, we couldn't resist capturing the moment, as the irony of the signage was not lost on us.

After all, I've never taken myself too seriously.

Happy 'Straya Day.

Read More
Technology shifts power back to authors

What a great Christmas surprise to see this news story televised on ABC TV around Australia - highlighting Chris's publishing journey to date and growing momentum.

"If you're reading a book this Summer, chances the author faced an uphill battle getting published... But technology is shifting that power back towards authors, and publishers are taking note.

"James Bond and the books of Ian Fleming got Chris Allen hooked on adventure. He began a paratrooper, serving in Australia and overseas. Using his life on the edge, and the characters he met as inspiration, he wrote a book about an Australian action hero." - ABC TV

Read More
Keep Moving Forward

This post first appeared on Reading Kills blog.

So, I was going to put together a few words about my writing process but then I started thinking about why I approach the books the way I do, particularly the central character – Alex Morgan. After all, before you work out how you’re going to write something – the process – you need to be clear about who or what you’re writing about. Writing in the Crime/Thriller/Espionage arena, I’m sometimes asked about why I don’t equip Morgan with all the latest high-tech gadgets and weaponry.

The simple answer is - I don’t want to.

Read More