Interview with thriller writer Chris Allen and author of Defender and Hunter on the Australian Literature Review.
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.
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The first thriller I ever read was The Wooden Horse — I was about 12-13 at the time.
At that age, I was really interested in a lot of stories of WWII, particularly the stories that were about individuals and how they overcame things. This was a story about guys who were prisoners of war, pilots who’d been shot down and captured by the Germans. I remember details about that book – that they needed to escape and someone came up with this idea that they needed to build a tunnel to escape. The shortest way for them to build a tunnel, so there was less chance of collapse, was to start right under the middle of the exercise yard, under the nose of the prison guards. So they requested exercise equipment from the guards like a wooden bolting horse. They hid two guys in the wooden horse and those men would work each night to dig out the tunnel each night. The detail was ingenious.
This book had all the elements of intrigue, deception, danger, subterfuge coupled with fearlessness, innovation and ingenuity borne out of a desperate need to escape captivity.
What more could a teenager in Perth ask for in his reading material!? If you were a literary character, who would you be?: I think I’d most like to be Watson from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock series.
In the books, Holmes is so reliant on his partnership with Watson. If it wasn’t Holmes saving the day with some well-paced Judo moves, it would be Watson with his revolver.
I love the duo. They are a much more equal pairing than the old movies ever gave them credit for.
5-Star Book Reviews
New York Times best-selling author Victoria Twead finds out from thriller writer Chris Allen why Hunter has been such a hit, what he does when he's not writing, and which vegetable he is most like (and unlike).
The Creative Penn
When we start writing, it can be daunting to read the amazing books by our author heroes and wonder how we can ever be that good.
Surely, for them, the words just flowed perfectly from brain to page with effortless grace?
But I have seen Thomas Hardy’s manuscript of Tess in the British Library. Check out that editing! Even the greats went through the same creative process as we do. Today’s guest article from thriller and espionage writer Chris Allen explores this further.
Recently Sabrina had the good fortune of meeting people from Pan Macmillan Australia, and they put her in touch with Chris Allen, author of the Intrepid series. See more at: http://www.digitalpubbing.com/an-interview-with-chris-allen-author-of-hunter-intrepid-2/#sthash.dVHbbja6.dpuf
Coffee Chat with Erin: BookGirlOz
Read an interview with thriller writer Chris Allen on the blog Coffee Chat with Erin - in advance of his Facebook Chat with her readers later in July!
That Book You Like Intrepid Month
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.
Crime Thriller Girl
Blogger and aspiring Author Steph reviews Hunter and interviews Chris Allen on his military history, writing process, what's on his TBR pile and importantly what is next for Intrepid!
Crime Always Pays Guest Post
A double crime writer blog interview with Irish author Declan Burke and also Chris Allen to discover more about their respective writing influences, processes and successes.
Strong Scene Contest
Interview with Chris Allen on author Gary Ponzo's blog on writing thriller novels, creating a protagonist and ultra-secret Interpol agency Intrepid, and the future of publishing.
Chris Allen - Move over Higgins, Cussler and Patterson
Thriller Writer Chris Allen is profiled on Digital Book Today on Defender: Intrepid 1 and his writing adventure to date.
Douglas Dorow blog interview
Chris Allen spy storyteller and Douglas Dorow thriller writer exchange blog interviews and tales of writing and publishing in 2013.
The Big Thrill
The Big Thrill Magazine, of the International Crime Writers Association, published an interview with Chris in their December 2012 issue.
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.
Little Library Muse
Book reviewer Little Library Muse in the USA interviews thriller writer Chris Allen on his characters, the importance of story development and the books and authors that have most inspired his writing.
Ten Questions No-one's Ever Asked Thriller Writer Chris Allen
Ten questions by Julie Green about writing, publishing and living the action thriller lifestyle - not what you'd usually read from the author!
Momentum Books featured Chris Allen talking all things Bond, lesser known Ian Fleming facts and the latest Alex Morgan adventure on their weekly podcast.
Read in a Single Sitting
Read in a Single Sitting book blog interviewed Chris Allen on pacing, plotting and strategy.
That Book You Like
Review of Hunter by Mandi on the That Book You Like blog.
Just a Guy
Just a Guy That Likes To Read interviewed Chris Allen about his writing career, publishing adventures and approach to writing thrillers.