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LORD NELSON & THE RED LION IN LONDON

Days Four and Five

This has been a whirlwind first week, and still another to go in LA, with some book-related meetings that have blown my mind, and an opportunity to walk the streets of London in between. One of my favourite pubs is in Westminster, called The Red Lion, and when I dropped in there this week, I had a great chat with the staff who were thrilled to hear that their cosy venue is featured in Defender and Hunter!

I hope you enjoy the latest installment...​

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DECLAN BURKE INTERVIEW: CRIME ALWAYS PAYS

Those of you who know me well would be aware that I have a brother called Declan. Extremely creative, a devoted dad of three pixie girls and someone who never minded a good time, he was named by my mum because of her love of all things Irish. 

Declan Burke, however, awarded Irish crime writer is a devoted storyteller, as well as - from what I can gather - an equally devoted dad. Described by Lee Childs as "A fine writer at the top of his game", I discovered Declan while rambling through Twitter one day. I pronounced him immediately an interesting find and got in touch. 

We decided to do a double blog interview - so here is the cool fellow, on why, for him, crime always pays.

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FIVE REASONS IRON MAN 3 & ROBERT DOWNEY JNR ROCK

I'll tell you right now, I don't go for movie reviews that spoil the plot. And to tell you much about this movie, Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jnr, Guy Pearce and Gwenyth Paltrow, would be to demystify some of the twists and turns that are best enjoyed by just sitting in a darkened theatre for two and a half hours with this very cool cast, script and staging smack-bang in front of you.​

Here's five reasons Iron Man 3 and Robert Downey Jnr rock.

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INTERVIEW WITH THRILLER WRITER DOUGLAS DOROW

A crucial part of the business of publishing books these days is finding an appreciative audience to connect with. It used to be that the traditional publisher would find those people for you through marketing and media, but now the top-down pyramid has inverted and we authors gotta get out and connect with readers and get to know them a little bit, before they get to know our stories and hopefully become fans of our work.

​One of these recent finds is a chap called Douglas Dorow, a thriller writer from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the home of many thriller/suspense writers.

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CONAN DOYLE, HOLMES & WATSON: AN ENDURING FRIENDSHIP

One of the great pleasures in my life to date has been in watching directors, producers and screenwriters re-interpret the great writing of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as new productions are brought to the big and small screens. I literally count the days until the next Robert Downey/Jude Law collaboration hits the box office, and I always attempt to create a quiet environment at home when it's time to take in the BBC Sherlock series and the new US take on Holmes, Elementary. I collect the DVDs (special edition if possible) and watch them at my leisure, all the while re-reading at least one of Conan Doyle’s stories each week. Such is my obsession enjoyment of these stories and the literary inspiration I derive from them. It is indeed a pleasure to see them out again in the mainstream media for our general consumption.

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WRITING FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE

(or, how to start publishing your book)

Recently, following a writers' talk at the Lake Macquarie Fellowship of Australian Writers, I received an email from one of the attendees asking me how long I should expect a book will take to write and publish.

My first thought is "how long is a piece of string?" It's a valid question though and one I'd like to address right here, on this blog, to spark thought and discourse with any other aspiring or practicing writers.

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WHEN BOYS WILL BE BOYS

It's been one of those weeks when the kids are running riot, high on birthday-related sugar and the elation of too many presents and friendly guests dropping in. You see, this is our son Captain Morgan's 3rd birthday and a week of celebrations - the festival of Morgan - is currently underway!

Yesterday we had our super Intern Julie working at IntrepidHQ, creating a photo blog of snippets from the day - so, busy as it was, here's the inside look at what happens when birthday cakes and little boys collide.

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