Winter 2017

Winter 2017 Winter is always a great time of year for concentrated writing, perhaps more so this year with incessant rain and an almost complete absence of sun. Those of you in Europe have no doubt had the same experience, with record low levels of sun, high winds and floods. However, it's an ill wind that blows no good, and the good for me has been long sessions of concentration and writing while the log fire crackles beside me, the dogs soaking…

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Cerise Noire The latest novel by A.J. Sendall

Cerise Noire was published today. It's been a while since you've heard from me, in fact it's been a long while since anyone has heard from me. The reason is that I've been head down writing another book which I sincerely hope you'll read and enjoy. Cerise Noire is a mystery/suspense novel that will keep you guessing until the last few pages.Read the blurb here.In the past couple of months I've re-branded The Sydney Quartet with new covers and some slight textural changes…

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Indie Author and the Ford Cortina

What's an indie author got to do with a recalcitrant Ford Cortina? More than you might imagine! I suppose we all remember firsts. The first job, the first car, the first kiss... I wasn't an indie author in the summer 1974, but it was when I bought my first car. It was a ten-year-old Mk1 Ford Cortina, bottle green, the Deluxe version, and 1500cc. That first day of ownership, while driving home sticking to the hot vinyl seats, and fiddling with the radio, I…

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Anger

April 1st, all fool’s day and the start of the April A to Z blogging challenge. Twenty-six days, twenty-six subjects. Sounds easy right? For those of us that sit and arrange words, and distil thoughts by day, it should be. However, I depend on my characters to show me what to write, to give direction to the plot. And so I’ve called on a few of them, and even a mutual friend or two to pitch in and make this next month…

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Flank Street – The Sydney Quartet

I took a different approach to writing Flank Street than I did to writing other books. I wrote the last page first, called it a prologue, and then worked out how the MC would get there. It was fun and the writing went fast. It's written in first person from the view of Micky DeWitt, a shiftless criminal. Micky arrives in Sydney by boat, broke and on the lookout for opportunity. After taking a job as barman in a Kings Cross pub, he’s eventually…

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Heather – Against All Odds

I considered changing the title of this novel to 'Against All Odds'. Not due to the content—although in one way it does reflect the theme—but due to the string of events that slowed, and at times inhibited, progress, and then ultimately obstructed my efforts to publish. It is now three and half years since I left Australia in pursuit of a lifestyle that would facilitate writing. From the quiet comfort of Tamborine Mountain, I recalled that period of my life when I was…

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Writing In The Gulf of Panama

Some days it feel as if years have passed since I have been at sea, yet in reality it has been just a few months. This morning, as I warmed up for my days work with a third coffee, I looked at the track of my last voyage to see where I was last year on this day. I was three days out of Archipelago De Las Perlas, and one hundred and twenty miles west of Buenaventura, Colombia. I was fighting a…

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