Updated Ebooks now available

The good people at HarperCollins have been busy updating the ebooks for Rotten Gods, Savage Tide and Lethal Sky. There are now bonus chapters so that Rotten Gods has a Savage Tide chapter, Savage Tide has a Lethal Sky chapter and both Lethal Sky and Voodoo Dawn have a Rotten Gods chapter. They’ve also updated…

The actors started arriving in their BMWs and Ferraris. One after another they auditioned for the part. None made the grade. By noon I was desperate, rejecting actor after actor. Then, at three in the afternoon, a mud splattered GU Patrol rolled up. Matthew R Grego stepped out from behind the wheel, took off his…

Not that I am a complete introvert or anything, but I’m starting to get butterflies over my first ever panel chair at a writers’ festival. I’ll be sitting down with four amazing writers and asking them, “Why is fiction so hard to write? Or is it?” The panel is made up of: 1)      Mark Dapin,…

The Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival will be held on the June Long Weekend. I’m a panel called ‘How hard is it to Write?’ on Sunday and will also be running a workshop called ‘Tighter and Sharper: Write Like a Professional.’ I’d love to see friendly faces if you can make it.

This weekend I’ll be at the Grassroots Writers Festival at Valla Beach Tourist Park on the beautiful Mid-north Coast of NSW. I’m participating in a panel called “Things I wish I knew when I started,” with the hugely talented Fiona McArthur on Saturday morning. In the afternoon I’m running a workshop called “Tighter and Sharper,” aimed…

The Need to Read

I had a conversation with my eldest son the other day. He’s twenty years old, very bright, curious about politics, history and social justice. The problem is that he stopped reading books regularly when he was about fifteen. So he gets his information from Reddit, links referred by friends, and documentaries. His opinions are strong,…

The tragedy of the civil war in Syria brought home browsing Google Maps footage of the city of Aleppo. Suburb after suburb of ruined houses. A quarter of a million dead, millions in camps and a million more in foreign countries seeking new homes. Have we done enough? Can we do more?

BOOK’D OUT AUSTRALIA DAY BLOG HOP

I’m thrilled to have been invited to participate in Book’d Out’s Australia Day blog hop, an initiative aimed at promoting Australian authors, and by extension the entire book industry – publishers, booksellers, bloggers and of course readers. Unfortunately, Australian novels don’t always sell on our own shores as well as those by foreign authors. A look at…

Getting in character for the new book.

Here’s what the new book looks like. 600 A4 sheets stacked up on the dining room table. 178 000 words altogether. Now my job is to cut the book down by at least twenty per cent and polish every line so it sparkles.

The Best Heavy Metal Band in the Country

This is the store at Ngukurr (pronounced Nooker) Community on the banks of the Roper River in the NT. This settlement, home to around 900 people, was the origin of a rock band that Andrew McMillan from Rolling Stone magazine once described as the “best heavy metal band in the country.” It all started with…

A Letter of Thanks

I’d like to thank the @SPYfestGoulburn organising committee, the City Council and the people of Goulburn for putting together an amazing weekend of events. Getting George Lazenby over to the city of his birth was a major coup, and the execution of all the major events was flawless. Most of all, thanks for thinking of…