Having read practically all of Michael Connelly’s books and being very much inspired by his character, Detective Harry Bosch, when writing my novel No Man’s Land, it was great to return to my roots as a journalist, sit down with him at the Wharf during the 2015 Sydney Writers’ Festival and interview him.>> Continue reading
There’s no doubt at all that the unusual elements of this thriller are what give it some of its strength. The nature of the order, and the belief system behind it, creates an interesting challenge between acceptance and fight-back. Mirrored somewhat in the surfer mindset as well. All of this makes Carter an unexpected hero type – flawed, questioning, brave with enough of the all action hero type to be believable he’s quite realistic, very believable.
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Favourite things: Roland Fishman, author, taking people back to their future
Spectrum Article by Ali Gripper
Roland Fishman’s Writer’s Studio is one of the quiet success stories of Sydney.>> Continue reading
This is a rather arty video of the No Man’s Land Book launch.
It features readings from Writers’ Studio writers from our Pathway to Publishing Course, Fred Talib, Liz Stevens and Elizabeth Farrelly.
The focus of the evening was a Q and A with Roland, Kathleen Allen and Nick Lathouris, who co-wrote Mad Max 1V Fury Road. The MC is Sean Barker. The video was made by David Everdale.>> Continue reading
“The first novel from creative writing teacher and former journalist Roland Fishman has a plot ripped straight from today’s front-page headlines. A thriller that has all the elements for success; a surfing, martial-arts proficient and taciturn hero and a beautiful sidekick with whom he still has unresolved issues …
“A Muslim extremist group based in Indonesia has plans to launch devastating attacks on Sydney on New Year’s Eve – and only one man can stop them: special operative Russell Carter, an Australian version of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher – a man of few words but much action. … Fishman sets a fierce pace over almost 400 pages with the action (and violence) seldom slowing …
“This is the first in a series of thrillers featuring the enigmatic and lethal Carter.”>> Continue reading
We were thrilled to see over two hundred people at the book launch for Roland Fishman’s novel, No Man’s Land a Russell Carter Thriller.
After the readings, Sean Barker, the MC for the evening, introduced a panel discussion about the process of writing No Man’s Land.
Roland opened by saying, “Thank you so much for coming tonight. After spending so many hours sitting alone in front of a computer in a darkened room with the story running round in my head, it means so much to see so many people here tonight, turning up to support the launch of No Man’s Land.”>> Continue reading
It started with a ninja…
I was six years old when I saw my first ninja on television.
The scene opened with a group of villagers eating dinner inside the walls of a poor village compound. A lone figure dressed in black from head to toe stood on a wall.
Through a slit in his hood, charcoal eyes darted left, then right. Four heavily armed bandits started running towards the compound.
I held my breath….>> Continue reading
I was thrilled that Susan Wyndham, the Literary Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald contacted me regarding the publication of No Man’s Land.
We conducted an email interview and the column that appeared in Saturday’s Sydney Morning Herald on 16th August, 2014. Below the article is a transcript of the original interview.
While it is not exactly the director’s cut of Gone with the Wind, it does contain some insights into the writing of No Man’s Land, the challenges of being a writing “teacher” and how this ties in with what we do at the Writers’ Studio.>> Continue reading
For an action adventure thriller like No Man’s Land, the biggest challenge is to avoid creating cardboard cut out villains.
Or as James Bond succinctly put it in Dr No – ‘World domination. Same old dream. Our asylums are full of people who think they’re Naploeon. Or God.’
Finding the right opponent is at the heart of creating a good story. As well-known scriptwriting consultant John Truby says, if you get the opposition right, your story will almost certainly succeed. If you get the opposition wrong, your story will almost certainly fail.>> Continue reading
Sporting achievement became my holy grail when I was eight years old. I was playing my first Rugby game for the Newport Seahorses against the Dee Why Lions.
Twenty minutes into the game, I dived on the ball over the try line and unwittingly scored a try. All my teammates rushed over to congratulate me.
I experienced my first sporting high and have been hooked on the feeling for life. I still tear up when I see young people play Rugby on Saturday or hear the national anthems before a Test match. For me, Rugby is a cross between a sweet science and brutal poetry.>> Continue reading