Posts tagged Alex Morgan
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.

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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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Pinning the creative writing process

When you think of Pinterest, you might have images of wedding dresses, floral arrangements and hair styles in mind, but think again. Some authors have a social media channel that they’re naturally more comfortable with, and I’m happy to admit that that’s Pinterest for me – or in my words, inspired by the favourite Guinness-flavoured ale, PINT-terest.

Eat the Elephant One Bite at a Time

If you haven’t heard, Pinterest is an online pinboard where you can browse, collect and share theme-based images that inspire you. As an author with (some say) a cinematic writing style, it’s a huge part of the process when writing to create mindmaps and moodboards to help articulate a vision for the books and to figure out how to attack them. 

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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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HOW TO CREATE AN INTERPOL AGENCY

(fictional, of course) 

My book series features an agency called Intrepid, and in this post for Milo's Rambles blog, I discuss how I created the agency from an imagined hybrid international force. 

When I began writing, I knew my creation would inevitably be influenced by actual events that were occurring at the time and my particular take on how that might influence the context of my stories. I started writing drafts of Defender in the extended aftermath of Sept 11, 2001 – a time when I was in high demand professionally and probably needed a creative outlet. I didn’t want the context of my stories to be military in nature, so I steered away from the obvious choice – the UN and intervention forces – and looked more towards the actual criminal activity so often hidden behind idealistic rhetoric and excuses for terror.

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GET IN SIT DOWN SHUT UP HANG ON

On the seventh day of Hunter, a secret agent said to me: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

What a fantastic birthday present to see that on Amazon, Defender has been made free for a few days, and is rocketing up the charts. At the time of writing it's #1 Kindle Spy Stories, #7 Kindle Action & Adventure and #257 in the overall Kindle free lists, and #28 Top-rated Spy Stories.

You can get your free Defender copy on Amazon Kindle here.

But really, this is what a secret agent once said to me: GET IN SIT DOWN SHUT UP HANG ON!

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