Posts in A day in the life
JOINING THE AUTHORS CLUB

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. 

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ROBERT DE NIRO & MAD MEN IN HOLLYWOOD

WEEK TWO.

Los Angeles sure does have a different feel to the streets of London. There's little walking to meetings, for one, so I'm seeing the town from moving vehicle than by foot. Everything is big and brash, bright and brassy. There's no shortage of luxury cars at the hotels, either!  

It's been an extremely productive week, so before I finish up and fly back Down Under, here's some snaps from about town. 

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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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FLEMING'S HOME & RONNIE SCOTT'S IN LONDON

Days Two and Three.​

Once again, it's 3am and the jet lag in London-town continues to be a killer. But at least it's a chance to reflect what has been and prepare for that which is ahead!​

I love London, the history of the place, the sense of occasion, even the fact that the cabbies call you 'Guv'. So I've been walking as much as I can between meetings, and seeing some of my favourite spots on the fly.​

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AUSTRALIA HOUSE & BOB THE BUILDER IN LONDON

London, Day One.​

It's 2am and I can't sleep - must be 11am in Sydney. I had a full and busy first day sightseeing in London, even after the cancelled flights which delayed my arrival, and not being able to catch up with some former comrades-in-arms from the British Parachute Regiment as a result . 

Here's a few snaps from the first day...​

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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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HERE'S TO STRONG WOMEN THIS MOTHERS DAY

On Mothers Day on May 12 in Australia, I'll be raising a glass to all the strong, incredible women in my life - my mum and sisters, my gone-but-not-forgotten Nanna Madeline, Grandma Florence, my aunties, all our friends who are mums and carers to those they love, my mother-outlaw and, of course, the mother of my two boys, my beautiful Sar.​

All of these amazing women have in some way influenced the strong female characters you read about and will continue to see in my Alex Morgan action adventure thrillers. 

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