Interview with A.J. Sendall

What motivated you to become an indie author?
The motivation stems from having run my own businesses in the past, and seeing being an indie author as another form of business. It's also hard to ignore the grossly unfair treatment of authors by the legacy publishing industry. There is also the unknown, and unpredictable nature of books and ebook in the future, and being an indie gives me the flexibility to roll with the changes.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest release, Meet Me at Harry's continues the theme of trust and lies that runs through all of the novels in The Sydney Thrillers. In Meet Me at Harry's the two protagonists never know if they can trust the other which keeps them and their relationship off balance. That same theme is applied to other characters, particularly the underworld figures who, although they speak of a code--a kind of criminal ethic--are in the same situation of never knowing who they can really trust.

In an age where scams are all around us, this theme will resonate with all readers.
What are you working on next?
The working title of my current WIP is Polly Sparrow. Like Shadow House, Flank Street and Meet Me at Harry's, it's set in Sydney, Australia.
When three women are murdered in the Kings Cross area within the space of two months, the police suspect a serial killer. Ex-nightclub bouncer turned PI, Rick Stone happens upon the scene of the third victim; fate, DS Alex Wilson, and Polly Sparrow are there to drag him deeper into the mystery.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. It is all about sharing and entertaining. I love to get feedback from readers, and always learn something from their comments.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me the greatest joy is watching my characters develop, then duck and weave their way in and out of trouble, fall in love or kill.
What is your writing process?
I don't plot or outline, but start with the smallest idea, then see where that goes. For instance with Flank Street, I had this vision of a guy walking in the shadows, and then he started to take form, to become the criminal Micky DeWitt. I threw him into a difficult situation, then let him find his way forward with an occasional gentle nudge. I could tell that he was susceptible to a dame with a well turned heel, and so stood Carol next to him. The the fun began...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
We live in a forest, and so spend much of our free time walking our two dogs, and sometimes the horses as well. I love growing food, and so the veggie garden is also a place where I spend free time.It is also where I go if I want to think out the next move. I pull weeds and talk to my characters, seeing how they respond to ideas.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The day. Each one holds something special, something for the soul, and I don't want to miss any of it.
Published 2016-07-01.
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Books by This Author

Being Tommy Boronovski
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,700. Language: British English. Published: May 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
When family-man Mike Bray is forced to impersonate underworld figure Tommy Boronovski, it forces him to question the true meaning of identity, and leaves him hostage to his own temptations.
The Sydney Quartet
Price: $12.99 USD. Words: 363,630. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
This quartet of novels set in Sydney, are all stand-alone, full length novels, and can be read in any order. Each has its own main characters, yet share some common secondary characters and locations. Those of you who have read Flank Street will remember Sonny Thaku, Ray Peterson, and Gary Mitchell. Those guys make an appearance in the other books, as does Heather.
Cerise Noire
Series: The Sydney Quartet, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,300. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Six months after his partner was murdered, Rick Stone returns to Sydney trying to pull his life back together. While he was away, two more women were murdered, each seemingly unrelated to the others. When a third woman is murdered in the same way, and Rick gets caught up in the investigation, he becomes obsessed with finding a link between the murders.
Flank Street - European Portuguese Edition
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,680. Language: Portuguese. Published: September 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Uma mulher que deseja dinheiro e perigo… Um homem que anseia por risco e adrenalina… Conseguirão eles enganar o submundo de Sydney e matar impunemente? Ou acabarão os dois atirados para um beco escuro? Não se pode acreditar em ninguém. Não se pode confiar em ninguém. Benvindos a King’s Cross…
Na Mira dos Tubarões
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,800. Language: Portuguese. Published: September 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Uma mulher e sua lascívia por dinheiro e perigo... Um homem e seu anseio por risco e adrenalina... Será que eles conseguirão aliciar o submundo de Sydney e sair impunes de um assassinato? Ou será que os dois acabarão fuzilados em um beco escuro? Nada é admissível. Ninguém é confiável. Seja bem-vindo à Zona da Cruz…
Die Makarov
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,130. Language: German. Published: September 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Eine Frau mit Verlangen nach Geld und Gefahr… Ein Mann mit Hunger nach Risiko und Adrenalin… Können sie die ganze Gangsterszene Sydneys täuschen und mit Mord davonkommen? Oder werden beide auf dem Boden einer dunklen Gasse enden? Niemandem kann man glauben. Niemandem kann man trauen. Willkommen am King’s Cross…
La Makarov
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 86,390. Language: Italian. Published: June 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Una donna che ama il denaro ed il pericolo… Un uomo alla ricerca del rischio e dell’adrenalina… Riusciranno ad ingannare la malavita di Sydney e ad uccidere restando impuniti? O finiranno entrambi la loro esistenza in un vicolo buio? A nessuno si può credere. Di nessuno ci si può fidare. Benvenuti a King’s Cross…
The Sydney Thrillers
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 268,580. Language: Australian English. Published: June 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Flank Street - Meet Me at Harry's - Shadow House. Three compelling noirish thrillers set in Sydney's Kings Cross.
Meet Me At Harry's
Series: The Sydney Quartet, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,830. Language: Australian English. Published: May 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Diminutive tough-talking ex-narco cop Stacia Black has discovered the key to escaping the violence and poverty ridden streets of Chicago. Nick Miller runs a smoky bar in Sydney’s Kings Cross. He’s content with his life until Stacia appears and starts asking questions. With his loyalties divided between his underworld acquaintances and his desire for something better, he steps off the edge.
Flank Street
Series: The Sydney Quartet, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,100. Language: Australian English. Published: May 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Awarded the AIA Seal of Excellence for Outstanding Fiction, and the prestigious B.R.A.G. Medallion, Flank street is an unforgettable novel from “One of the most distinct and exciting new voices in crime writing.” Carol has a lust for money and danger, Micky a buried past and an uncertain future. Can they con the Sydney underworld, and get away with murder, or will they both end up in a dumpster?
Shadow House
Series: The Sydney Quartet, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 125,280. Language: Australian English. Published: January 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
She’s out to avenge her sister’s death, he’s on a path to self-destruction. Heather Todd’s life had never been easy, now she’s determined to take down Sydney’s organized crime ring, to avenge her sister's death. Sam Autenburg is on a bender after his partner died, and when Heather comes to his rescue, she convinces him to infiltrate the organized crime gang responsible for her sister’s Death.