The Importance of Strong Women in Life and Thriller Novels
I’ve always felt very comfortable around women. I like them, I enjoy their company, equally as the company of men. I grew up with two strong-willed and confident older sisters with my resourceful mum ever-near, while enjoying a strong matriarchal figure in our nan and a collection of larger than life Aunties – the collective influence of whom ensured from a young age that I’d have nothing but the greatest respect for the female of our species.
When creating a series of action thrillers, as I am, it’s important to not fall back on the age-old formula of female characters written from a passive view, like that in the old Bond films and to an equal extent, Ian Fleming’s novels. In my espionage stories, the female lead characters are all equal players across the landscape that I create.
Interview with thriller writer Chris Allen on Grubstreet
“The two thirty-eights roared simultaneous.” This is my favourite opening line, says author Chris Allen. “It’s all an action writer hopes to do, teasing the reader about what’s to come.”
The line, from Ian Fleming, opens “Moonraker,” the third story in the James Bond series. The guns don’t roar in an exotic location; Bond is not in a lethal shootout with a gruesome villain. No, he’s on a shooting range, far below the streets of London, requalifying, as a good public servant must, on basic skills.
Alex Morgan, the Allen hero, is public servant, as is Bond. Morgan works search and destroy missions for INTREPID: the Intelligence, Recovery, Protection and Infiltration Division of Interpol. What Interpol can’t do openly, Intrepid does covertly.
INTREPID is different from MI6. INTREPID has a global mandate; MI6 protects mostly British interests. Although deeply hush-hush, MI6 is a public agency. INTREPID doesn’t exist.
From Paratrooping to Publishing a Series of Espionage Action Thrillers
I grew up in Perth, Western Australia reading Ian Fleming and Alastair Maclean novels – coming from a family with history in military service, I dreamed of seeing real action first-hand and one day writing about it. Perth was a pretty sleepy town in the 1970’s so when I was 18 I joined the Australian Army, undertook officer training and became one of the Paratroopers who saw the world from under a billowing canopy. After more than a decade serving in the Australian Army, as well as attached to the New Zealand and British armies, my back gave out and it was time to find a new career (or two) while I learnt the art of writing action thrillers.
Digireado Sydney Writers' Festival Wrap Up
Sydney Writers Festival compere Anna Maguire from the 'Forest For The Trees' panel session featuring thriller writer Chris Allen, YA writer Dionne Lister and Elisabeth Storrs provided a comprehensive wrap up of the session and insights shared on each author's publishing journey.
Authors and publicity In Newswrite Magazine
In the April 2013 issue of NewsWrite, Portia Lindsay from the NSW Writers' Centre interviews authors like Chris Allen on innovative ways to source publicity and build reader engagement for their books.
We Do Write
Dorothy Dorow author hosts a guest post from thriller writer Chris Allen on writing an action thriller series.
Read in a Single Sitting
Read in a Single Sitting book blog interviewed Chris Allen on pacing, plotting and strategy.