A.J. Sendall

Biography

I've always written, as far back as I can recall anyway. Until 2011, that writing was just for me, or as rambling letters to friends, and travelogues to family. I never thought about why, or if others did similarly, and the thought of publishing never entered my head.

Since I left England in 1979, I've travelled widely, collecting experiences, people, and places as I did so. From the blood-soaked streets of Kampala, the polluted dust bowls of the Sahara, or the pristine ice floes of the Antarctic, I've gathered and filed them away. Some have recently squeezed through the bars of insecurity and are now at large in the pages of my first four novels. Others await their future fates.

Although I grew up in Norfolk, UK, I never felt truly at home until I lived in Australia, and that is no doubt the reason my first published novels are set there. All of my books this far have some element of fact in them. I guess it's hard for any writer not to include events from their life. Our experiences shape our thoughts and the words and actions of our characters.
I sometimes wish I'd become a novelist earlier in life, but then if I had, I wouldn't have the range of characters and events that I do.

After spending much of my adult life travelling, I now live in a remote forest house in Germany with two Mexican dogs, an Icelandic horse, six French hens, and a mermaid who I found at a beach on the north coast of Bequia.

Smashwords Interview

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.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find A.J. Sendall online


Where to buy in print


Books

Being Tommy Boronovski
Pre-release—available May 1, 2018. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 69,700. Language: British English. 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.
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…
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…
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.
La Makarov
Price: Free! 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…
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: Free! 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.

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