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Author Archives: Lorraine Pestell

Feature on Ricki Wilson’s Indie Spotlight blog

Hi everyone, Sorry for my extended absence.  I’m finally returning to writing after six months spent head-down creating an Information Services Strategy for my organisation. Can’t wait to get back into Part Five of my serial.  In the meantime, I’m privileged to be featured on Ricki Wilson’s Indie Spotlight blog: http://www.rickiwilson.com/4/post/2015/08/indie-spotlight-on-a-life-singular-a-novel-in-six-parts-by-lorraine-pestell-lorrainepestell.html  

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When your disability might just be your greatest asset…

Hi everyone, We enjoyed a rare good-news story in Australia yesterday, when an 11-year-old boy was found safe and relatively well after being missing for 5 days in Victorian bushland.  I hope The Age newspaper doesn’t mind me using their photo of Luke’s reunion with his mother:   I defy you not to feel a …
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Lack of awareness for depression in mainstream media

Hi everyone, I am driven to post today after reading an article in the New York Observer on the apparent suicide of a plastic surgeon who was parodied in a movie.  The article is here: http://observer.com/2015/04/dr-brandt-reportedly-dead-of-suicide-after-unflattering-portrayal-on-kimmy-schmidt/ Living in Australia, I’m not familiar with Dr Brandt or even the lucrative cosmetic surgery industry in the US, …
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Guest post on Jen Winters’ book blog

I am proud to have been invited to guest on Jen Winters’ Indie Author book blog this weekend.  Please check out my post here!

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People who crash ‘planes and throw children off bridges…

As I stare into another stunning blue autumnal sky and watch the latest in a never-ending line of passenger jets make its final turn into Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport, I am forced to reflect on another saddening week in the news around the world…  Whether it’s more violence in sectarian conflicts, a co-pilot bringing down an …
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Writing to Live – interview in UK’s Living Better at 50

G’day from a sunny, autumn Tuesday morning in Melbourne. As part of my recent publicity campaign for my books, I am privileged to be featured in the Living Better at 50 magazine in the UK.  The article can be found here. “A Life Singular – Part Four” is now live on CreateSpace and Amazon, ASIN …
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A Life Singular – Part Four is ready and waiting!

Woohoo! Part Four is finished, out and proud  Please check the store page for details.  As soon as CreateSpace has reviewed the files, I’ll publish the Amazon ASIN.  Thank you for being patient while my life got in the way of writing deadlines! For a sneak preview, please check here.

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Where do readers go to choose their next book?

Hi indie-author friends, I came across this very interesting article today that might influence our marketing efforts –http://goodereader.com/blog/e-book-news/poll-where-do-you-hear-about-new-e-books. According to the article’s author, the survey respondents come from the US, Canada, Australia and European markets (although it’s not known in which proportion).  It shows statistics on the most popular sources for reader inspiration: #1 – …
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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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