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Author Archives: Lorraine Pestell

Radio interview on WebbWeaver Books

Hello everyone, Stormy weather in Melbourne lately!  Hope you’re all safe and warm, but not too warm, wherever you are… Today I had the honour of talking about and reading from “A Life Singular – Part One” on CK Webb and DJWeaver’s radio show in the US. Please listen in at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/webbweaverbooks/2015/02/13/webbweaver-books-proudly-presents-author-lorraine-pestell This about wraps up …
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Ten Ways Creative Writing Helps With PTSD

I am fortunate to be featured in February’s edition of the UK’s FemaleFirst magazine, which asked me to write a piece on how writing has helped me cope with mental illness. Please click on this link to read the full article: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/lorraine-pestell-a-life-singular-578943.html  

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New website for Australia Day!

Happy Australia Day! To celebrate a long weekend of editing “A Life Singular – Part Four”, I decided to take a break and re-organise my web presence.  I have consolidated the website at ALifeSingular.net and my blog at ALifeSingular.com into a one-stop shop for all things authorly. Please navigate around the main site: Home – landing page …
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Twitter’s Acquisition Of ZipDial Proves There’s Tech Innovation In Emerging Markets

Entrepreneurs have been around a lot longer than Silicon Valley… What a patriarchal article! It’s so nice of them to give us non-US people some space on their planet. I mean, really?

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Here is my interview with Lorraine Pestell

Thank you to Fiona McVie for featuring me on her blog. Here is our interview…

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Ending the year with good news!

Season’s greetings! With everyone winding down now for a well-deserved break, some by the fire and some on the beach, I am humbled to announce three pieces of great news for my writing. Firstly, “A Life Singular – Part One” has been judged a Notable Indie Book in the 2014 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition (http://issuu.com/shelfunbound/docs/shelf_unbound_december-january_2015), and I …
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All I want for Christmas is to change the way people think

Well, I don’t know about you, but I find the holiday season incredibly stressful and a wee bit overrated.  I don’t subscribe to any particular religion, although I was brought up attending a Methodist church in north-west London.  Consequently, I have always felt like a hypocrite when participating in Christmas festivities, particularly carol concerts which are an annual and very satisfying chance …
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Working with a publicist for the first time – both exciting and daunting!

Aussie Father Christmas

Apologies for my absence of late.  Hope everyone’s well and gearing up for either a hot or a cold festive season One of several reasons for neglecting my blog is that I’ve invested time and money into a real, honest-to-goodness publicity campaign.  After e-shopping around a few US-based book promotion sites, I went back to …
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I Just Published my Book. Now What?

The generosity of some independent authors to their fellows is unending. Thanks, Nicholas Rossis, for these insights on raising our profile.

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Focus on Australian Women Writers with Disability: Q&A with Kate Richards

Here is a great post about a fellow Australian author battling long-term mental health issues and having the courage to write about it. Kate Richards’ goals are similar to mine, and it’s comforting to know there are others out there! Thanks to the Australian Women Writers blog and to Kate for encouraging us all into …
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Goodreads Giveaway throughout September!

Hello! I am delighted to announce that I will be running a Goodreads Giveaway in September as part of the launch of “A Life Singular – Part Three”.  Twenty winners will receive e-book copies of Parts One and Two, to be randomly selected at the end of the month. I also can’t wait to share …
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So good to be back in a dog’s life!

Today I welcomed Nikki, the Belgian Malinois, into my world.  She’s a rescue, between 6 and 8 years old and has had a tough life so far.  Let’s see what happens next for both of us!  I think she’s going to spoil me rotten…

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Do you check with Alexa before parting with your money?

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Reblogging this awaesome post from Effrosyni, for those indie authors who would like to know where to put our scarce promotional budgets!

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First copies of Part Three arrive!

Thanks to my lovely colleague, Cosima Robinson, here is a picture with Parts One, Two and Three of “A Life Singular”, nestling in the greenery of our lunch-room!  Now to knuckle down to Part Four…

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Of England

Hello from the middle of the night, where I’m wide awake with jet-lag after a whirlwind trip back to London for my mother’s 75th birthday celebrations.  Spending five days back in my parents’ home has got me thinking about how much change they’ve seen during their lifetimes.  I’m the one who’s travelled and “seen the world”, …
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Woohoo! Hard to believe that I’m halfway there…

Hi everyone, Hope all you northern-hemisphere dwellers are enjoying a nice, hot summer, while we south of the Equator are rugged up and lavishing ourselves with hot chocolate! “A Life Singular – Part Three” is finally out in the wild, a week late but in good shape.  For anyone who’d like to take a look, …
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Use of Twitter #Hashtags for Authors

Thanks to Wendy van Camp for this very useful blog post to increase our Twitteracy…

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Part Three is nearly here!

Phew!  The end of June is fast approaching, and with it my self-imposed deadline of publishing a part of my serial every six months… A new and very busy job, coupled with moving house and my volunteering commitments have taken editing and polishing down to the wire.  Nothing like being tested under pressure . Here is the …
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Writer Survey Results

Reblogging Linda Bloodworth’s insightful analysis of what readers look for when choosing what to read next. Thanks, Linda!

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Very cool editing tool – Text to Speech Translator

Hello everyone! Firstly, apologies for the prolonged bloggio silence. My social media obligations have suffered lately due to so many more immediate demands on my time, such as work and interstate visitors With my next writing deadline fast approaching, I’m deep into editing “A Life Singular – Part Three”, which I have commenced through the …
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