• Motivated Monday! I have so much to write this week, on Substack and for different fiction proposals, but I want to take a moment to celebrate an author friend who really motivates me with her courage and determination to stand up for what she believes in. I’ve watched @tesswoods_author work tirelessly behind the scenes for the last few weeks talking to people in every sphere of life to try to raise awareness of the suffering in the Middle East, and champion all those who advocate for shared peace rather than polarisation. She has a huge heart and is well worth listening to and following. I know this kind of advocacy takes a lot out of an individual so well done Tess, I know so many people in our community who are very proud of you - and we all need to get behind you and those like you. 

This is Tess’s short speech yesterday at the Perth Writers Festival at the start of the ‘High Concept’ session:
  • Some wonderful sessions and familiar faces at Perth Writers Festival this afternoon! Lots of inspiring conversations - and I came away with so much more to read!
  • A weekend read for you! You know the frustration when you come away from a conversation wishing you could have explained your thoughts better? This happened to me recently, when I heard the question ‘Should we give up on older men?’ - so I wrote about it on my latest post for Substack. I’m all about supporting and championing women, but I’m not anywhere close to giving up on all older men! Read on to find out why 😀 Link in my bio.
  • Every week I check in with one of Australia’s favourite authors, asking them five quick questions, and to tell us about their latest book. This week I’m delighted to welcome crime writing legend and my dear friend @dervlamctiernan 🎉

ABOUT DERVLA: Number one internationally bestselling author Dervla McTiernan is the critically acclaimed author of five novels, including The Murder Rule, which was a New York Times thriller of the year and the bestselling Cormac Reilly Series (The Ruin, The Scholar and The Good Turn). Dervla has won multiple prizes, including a Ned Kelly Award, Davitt Awards, a Barry Award, and an International Thriller Writers Award. Dervla is also the author of four novellas, and her audio novella, The Sisters, was a four-week number one bestseller in the United States. The Daily Mail referred to her writing as ‘glorious storytelling to rival John Grisham’ and the New York Times has called her ‘an uncommonly fine mystery writer.’ Dervla lives in Western Australia with her family.

So, Dervla, tell us what you’re… 
READING: Cal Newport’s Deep Work (for the third time)
WATCHING: True Detective - Night Country.
LISTENING TO: All The Sinners Bleed by S A Cosby
THINKING ABOUT: My upcoming book tour!
WORKING ON: A new book (always)

TELL US ABOUT YOUR LATEST BOOK: My new book, What Happened to Nina?, is out on 28th Feb in Australia, and a few weeks later in the US and the UK. It starts with a young couple, Simon and Nina. They’re fun, they’re in love ... so likeable ... basically Instagram perfect. Then they go away for a weekend and only Simon comes home. The book’s about what happens next — when Nina’s family is doing everything they can to get to the truth about what happened, and Simon’s family goes to extreme lengths to protect him.

FIND OUT MORE AND FOLLOW DERVLA:
Website: https://dervlamctiernan.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DervlaMcTiernan/
Instagram: @dervlamctiernan 

Thanks for checking in, Dervla!

PS If you’d like to hear Dervla talk about her new book, see her page for tour dates. I have the privilege of interviewing her next Thursday 29th February in Duncraig. Tickets here: http://tinyurl.com/3hntws8h
  • I’ve taken on a huge topic in this post. If you feel judged for your silence around big political issues, please read this. If you’re struggling to find your voice in times of conflict, I hope you’ll find some support here. And if you’re despairing at why some people are not speaking out online at this time, this might offer some comfort. Overall, I hope it adds something to the ongoing conversation. Link to read the post is in my bio.
  • Motivated Monday! 
Last Friday I had the privilege of spending an absorbing hour and a half in the company of some brilliant women (and one lovely fella!), all of us led in conversation by the indomitable Sarah Wilson. I’m a long-time fan of Sarah’s work, she’s an incredible interviewer and her conversations with other thought leaders are fascinating and life-enhancing.  She’s not afraid to ask honest, uncomfortable questions about our culture and where we’re headed, and in person she is as warm and generous as I knew she would be. I was both challenged and inspired by the discussion, and very grateful for the opportunity - thank you @_sarahwilson_ ! 

This week I have lots of writing to do and some very meaty substack topics coming up, so I’ll be getting my head down - but probably after tomorrow, because I might just give myself the day off for my birthday! You’re only 48 once after all 😜🎂🎈
  • Every week I check in with one of Australia’s favourite authors to bring you their latest news, and this week I’m delighted to welcome my dear friend Natasha Lester!

So, Natasha, what are you… 

READING? 
I’m about to start The Other Bridget by Rachael Johns.

WATCHING?
Morning Wars. I’m obsessed with it!

LISTENING TO?
The Books, Beach and Beyond podcast interview with Maggie O’Farrell as well as the audiobook of Shankari Chandran’s Miles Franklin award winning novel, Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens

THINKING ABOUT?
The edit for my next book.

WORKING ON? 
See above!

ABOUT NATASHA: Natasha is the New York Times bestselling author of eight historical novels including The Disappearance of Astrid Bricard, The Three Lives of Alix St Pierre, The Paris Seamstress and The Paris Secret, and a former marketing executive for L’Oréal. Her novels have been translated into twenty-one different languages. When she’s not writing, she loves collecting vintage fashion, practising the art of fashion illustration, running and travelling. Natasha is a sought-after public speaker and lives with her husband and three children in Perth, Western Australia.

NATASHA’S LATEST BOOK:  Astrid Bricard, daughter of Christian Dior’s legendary muse, arrives in Manhattan determined to make her mark on the fashion world, but not as a muse like her mother. She does make her mark very quickly—but not in the way she’d hoped for. Then on the eve of the fashion battle at Versailles, just as Astrid seems to be about to get everything she ever wanted, she vanishes, leaving behind only a white silk dress and the question: what happened to Astrid Bricard?

FIND OUT MORE AND FOLLOW NATASHA:

Website: www.natashalester.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NatashaLesterAuthor/
Instagram: @natashalesterauthor 
Substack: https://natashalester.substack.com/

Thanks for checking in, Natasha!
  • There’s been an incredible rite of passage in our house this week as my 14 yo went back into the education system after nine YEARS learning from home (gulp, where did that time go?!). It’s been a great opportunity to reflect on all I learned during that time, and on just how much my kids have taught me! My latest post on Substack is all about that. Hope you enjoy this one - link in my bio.
  • Valentine’s Day is the perfect publication day for The Heart Will Find A Way, a life-affirming, moving and hopeful collection of memoirs and short stories. I am so proud to be one of the selected Australian and international authors to share my story and it’s quite different to my usual writing: a nonfiction piece about losing my friend Pippa in 2021. 

Congratulations to @anj_fen and the publishing team at Southern Key Press and to all the authors who have contributed. All profits for this book are going to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

How to order

RRP is $24.99 (AU) plus postage. Bulk copies can be ordered at a lower rate by emailing anjanette@storyaslife.com. Order online through:
● Booktopia
● Barnes & Noble
● Amazon
 
Or order at any bookshop by showing this flyer or citing the ISBN (978-0-6455648-7-7)

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Motivated Monday! I have so much to write this week, on Substack and for different fiction proposals, but I want to take a moment to celebrate an author friend who really motivates me with her courage and determination to stand up for what she believes in. I’ve watched @tesswoods_author work tirelessly behind the scenes for the last few weeks talking to people in every sphere of life to try to raise awareness of the suffering in the Middle East, and champion all those who advocate for shared peace rather than polarisation. She has a huge heart and is well worth listening to and following. I know this kind of advocacy takes a lot out of an individual so well done Tess, I know so many people in our community who are very proud of you - and we all need to get behind you and those like you. 

This is Tess’s short speech yesterday at the Perth Writers Festival at the start of the ‘High Concept’ session:
Motivated Monday! I have so much to write this week, on Substack and for different fiction proposals, but I want to take a moment to celebrate an author friend who really motivates me with her courage and determination to stand up for what she believes in. I’ve watched @tesswoods_author work tirelessly behind the scenes for the last few weeks talking to people in every sphere of life to try to raise awareness of the suffering in the Middle East, and champion all those who advocate for shared peace rather than polarisation. She has a huge heart and is well worth listening to and following. I know this kind of advocacy takes a lot out of an individual so well done Tess, I know so many people in our community who are very proud of you - and we all need to get behind you and those like you. This is Tess’s short speech yesterday at the Perth Writers Festival at the start of the ‘High Concept’ session:
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Some wonderful sessions and familiar faces at Perth Writers Festival this afternoon! Lots of inspiring conversations - and I came away with so much more to read!
Some wonderful sessions and familiar faces at Perth Writers Festival this afternoon! Lots of inspiring conversations - and I came away with so much more to read!
Some wonderful sessions and familiar faces at Perth Writers Festival this afternoon! Lots of inspiring conversations - and I came away with so much more to read!
Some wonderful sessions and familiar faces at Perth Writers Festival this afternoon! Lots of inspiring conversations - and I came away with so much more to read!
Some wonderful sessions and familiar faces at Perth Writers Festival this afternoon! Lots of inspiring conversations - and I came away with so much more to read!
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A weekend read for you! You know the frustration when you come away from a conversation wishing you could have explained your thoughts better? This happened to me recently, when I heard the question ‘Should we give up on older men?’ - so I wrote about it on my latest post for Substack. I’m all about supporting and championing women, but I’m not anywhere close to giving up on all older men! Read on to find out why 😀 Link in my bio.
A weekend read for you! You know the frustration when you come away from a conversation wishing you could have explained your thoughts better? This happened to me recently, when I heard the question ‘Should we give up on older men?’ - so I wrote about it on my latest post for Substack. I’m all about supporting and championing women, but I’m not anywhere close to giving up on all older men! Read on to find out why 😀 Link in my bio.
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Every week I check in with one of Australia’s favourite authors, asking them five quick questions, and to tell us about their latest book. This week I’m delighted to welcome crime writing legend and my dear friend @dervlamctiernan 🎉

ABOUT DERVLA: Number one internationally bestselling author Dervla McTiernan is the critically acclaimed author of five novels, including The Murder Rule, which was a New York Times thriller of the year and the bestselling Cormac Reilly Series (The Ruin, The Scholar and The Good Turn). Dervla has won multiple prizes, including a Ned Kelly Award, Davitt Awards, a Barry Award, and an International Thriller Writers Award. Dervla is also the author of four novellas, and her audio novella, The Sisters, was a four-week number one bestseller in the United States. The Daily Mail referred to her writing as ‘glorious storytelling to rival John Grisham’ and the New York Times has called her ‘an uncommonly fine mystery writer.’ Dervla lives in Western Australia with her family.

So, Dervla, tell us what you’re… 
READING: Cal Newport’s Deep Work (for the third time)
WATCHING: True Detective - Night Country.
LISTENING TO: All The Sinners Bleed by S A Cosby
THINKING ABOUT: My upcoming book tour!
WORKING ON: A new book (always)

TELL US ABOUT YOUR LATEST BOOK: My new book, What Happened to Nina?, is out on 28th Feb in Australia, and a few weeks later in the US and the UK. It starts with a young couple, Simon and Nina. They’re fun, they’re in love ... so likeable ... basically Instagram perfect. Then they go away for a weekend and only Simon comes home. The book’s about what happens next — when Nina’s family is doing everything they can to get to the truth about what happened, and Simon’s family goes to extreme lengths to protect him.

FIND OUT MORE AND FOLLOW DERVLA:
Website: https://dervlamctiernan.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DervlaMcTiernan/
Instagram: @dervlamctiernan 

Thanks for checking in, Dervla!

PS If you’d like to hear Dervla talk about her new book, see her page for tour dates. I have the privilege of interviewing her next Thursday 29th February in Duncraig. Tickets here: http://tinyurl.com/3hntws8h
Every week I check in with one of Australia’s favourite authors, asking them five quick questions, and to tell us about their latest book. This week I’m delighted to welcome crime writing legend and my dear friend @dervlamctiernan 🎉

ABOUT DERVLA: Number one internationally bestselling author Dervla McTiernan is the critically acclaimed author of five novels, including The Murder Rule, which was a New York Times thriller of the year and the bestselling Cormac Reilly Series (The Ruin, The Scholar and The Good Turn). Dervla has won multiple prizes, including a Ned Kelly Award, Davitt Awards, a Barry Award, and an International Thriller Writers Award. Dervla is also the author of four novellas, and her audio novella, The Sisters, was a four-week number one bestseller in the United States. The Daily Mail referred to her writing as ‘glorious storytelling to rival John Grisham’ and the New York Times has called her ‘an uncommonly fine mystery writer.’ Dervla lives in Western Australia with her family.

So, Dervla, tell us what you’re… 
READING: Cal Newport’s Deep Work (for the third time)
WATCHING: True Detective - Night Country.
LISTENING TO: All The Sinners Bleed by S A Cosby
THINKING ABOUT: My upcoming book tour!
WORKING ON: A new book (always)

TELL US ABOUT YOUR LATEST BOOK: My new book, What Happened to Nina?, is out on 28th Feb in Australia, and a few weeks later in the US and the UK. It starts with a young couple, Simon and Nina. They’re fun, they’re in love ... so likeable ... basically Instagram perfect. Then they go away for a weekend and only Simon comes home. The book’s about what happens next — when Nina’s family is doing everything they can to get to the truth about what happened, and Simon’s family goes to extreme lengths to protect him.

FIND OUT MORE AND FOLLOW DERVLA:
Website: https://dervlamctiernan.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DervlaMcTiernan/
Instagram: @dervlamctiernan 

Thanks for checking in, Dervla!

PS If you’d like to hear Dervla talk about her new book, see her page for tour dates. I have the privilege of interviewing her next Thursday 29th February in Duncraig. Tickets here: http://tinyurl.com/3hntws8h
Every week I check in with one of Australia’s favourite authors, asking them five quick questions, and to tell us about their latest book. This week I’m delighted to welcome crime writing legend and my dear friend @dervlamctiernan 🎉

ABOUT DERVLA: Number one internationally bestselling author Dervla McTiernan is the critically acclaimed author of five novels, including The Murder Rule, which was a New York Times thriller of the year and the bestselling Cormac Reilly Series (The Ruin, The Scholar and The Good Turn). Dervla has won multiple prizes, including a Ned Kelly Award, Davitt Awards, a Barry Award, and an International Thriller Writers Award. Dervla is also the author of four novellas, and her audio novella, The Sisters, was a four-week number one bestseller in the United States. The Daily Mail referred to her writing as ‘glorious storytelling to rival John Grisham’ and the New York Times has called her ‘an uncommonly fine mystery writer.’ Dervla lives in Western Australia with her family.

So, Dervla, tell us what you’re… 
READING: Cal Newport’s Deep Work (for the third time)
WATCHING: True Detective - Night Country.
LISTENING TO: All The Sinners Bleed by S A Cosby
THINKING ABOUT: My upcoming book tour!
WORKING ON: A new book (always)

TELL US ABOUT YOUR LATEST BOOK: My new book, What Happened to Nina?, is out on 28th Feb in Australia, and a few weeks later in the US and the UK. It starts with a young couple, Simon and Nina. They’re fun, they’re in love ... so likeable ... basically Instagram perfect. Then they go away for a weekend and only Simon comes home. The book’s about what happens next — when Nina’s family is doing everything they can to get to the truth about what happened, and Simon’s family goes to extreme lengths to protect him.

FIND OUT MORE AND FOLLOW DERVLA:
Website: https://dervlamctiernan.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DervlaMcTiernan/
Instagram: @dervlamctiernan 

Thanks for checking in, Dervla!

PS If you’d like to hear Dervla talk about her new book, see her page for tour dates. I have the privilege of interviewing her next Thursday 29th February in Duncraig. Tickets here: http://tinyurl.com/3hntws8h
Every week I check in with one of Australia’s favourite authors, asking them five quick questions, and to tell us about their latest book. This week I’m delighted to welcome crime writing legend and my dear friend @dervlamctiernan 🎉

ABOUT DERVLA: Number one internationally bestselling author Dervla McTiernan is the critically acclaimed author of five novels, including The Murder Rule, which was a New York Times thriller of the year and the bestselling Cormac Reilly Series (The Ruin, The Scholar and The Good Turn). Dervla has won multiple prizes, including a Ned Kelly Award, Davitt Awards, a Barry Award, and an International Thriller Writers Award. Dervla is also the author of four novellas, and her audio novella, The Sisters, was a four-week number one bestseller in the United States. The Daily Mail referred to her writing as ‘glorious storytelling to rival John Grisham’ and the New York Times has called her ‘an uncommonly fine mystery writer.’ Dervla lives in Western Australia with her family.

So, Dervla, tell us what you’re… 
READING: Cal Newport’s Deep Work (for the third time)
WATCHING: True Detective - Night Country.
LISTENING TO: All The Sinners Bleed by S A Cosby
THINKING ABOUT: My upcoming book tour!
WORKING ON: A new book (always)

TELL US ABOUT YOUR LATEST BOOK: My new book, What Happened to Nina?, is out on 28th Feb in Australia, and a few weeks later in the US and the UK. It starts with a young couple, Simon and Nina. They’re fun, they’re in love ... so likeable ... basically Instagram perfect. Then they go away for a weekend and only Simon comes home. The book’s about what happens next — when Nina’s family is doing everything they can to get to the truth about what happened, and Simon’s family goes to extreme lengths to protect him.

FIND OUT MORE AND FOLLOW DERVLA:
Website: https://dervlamctiernan.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DervlaMcTiernan/
Instagram: @dervlamctiernan 

Thanks for checking in, Dervla!

PS If you’d like to hear Dervla talk about her new book, see her page for tour dates. I have the privilege of interviewing her next Thursday 29th February in Duncraig. Tickets here: http://tinyurl.com/3hntws8h
Every week I check in with one of Australia’s favourite authors, asking them five quick questions, and to tell us about their latest book. This week I’m delighted to welcome crime writing legend and my dear friend @dervlamctiernan 🎉

ABOUT DERVLA: Number one internationally bestselling author Dervla McTiernan is the critically acclaimed author of five novels, including The Murder Rule, which was a New York Times thriller of the year and the bestselling Cormac Reilly Series (The Ruin, The Scholar and The Good Turn). Dervla has won multiple prizes, including a Ned Kelly Award, Davitt Awards, a Barry Award, and an International Thriller Writers Award. Dervla is also the author of four novellas, and her audio novella, The Sisters, was a four-week number one bestseller in the United States. The Daily Mail referred to her writing as ‘glorious storytelling to rival John Grisham’ and the New York Times has called her ‘an uncommonly fine mystery writer.’ Dervla lives in Western Australia with her family.

So, Dervla, tell us what you’re… 
READING: Cal Newport’s Deep Work (for the third time)
WATCHING: True Detective - Night Country.
LISTENING TO: All The Sinners Bleed by S A Cosby
THINKING ABOUT: My upcoming book tour!
WORKING ON: A new book (always)

TELL US ABOUT YOUR LATEST BOOK: My new book, What Happened to Nina?, is out on 28th Feb in Australia, and a few weeks later in the US and the UK. It starts with a young couple, Simon and Nina. They’re fun, they’re in love ... so likeable ... basically Instagram perfect. Then they go away for a weekend and only Simon comes home. The book’s about what happens next — when Nina’s family is doing everything they can to get to the truth about what happened, and Simon’s family goes to extreme lengths to protect him.

FIND OUT MORE AND FOLLOW DERVLA:
Website: https://dervlamctiernan.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DervlaMcTiernan/
Instagram: @dervlamctiernan 

Thanks for checking in, Dervla!

PS If you’d like to hear Dervla talk about her new book, see her page for tour dates. I have the privilege of interviewing her next Thursday 29th February in Duncraig. Tickets here: http://tinyurl.com/3hntws8h
Every week I check in with one of Australia’s favourite authors, asking them five quick questions, and to tell us about their latest book. This week I’m delighted to welcome crime writing legend and my dear friend @dervlamctiernan 🎉

ABOUT DERVLA: Number one internationally bestselling author Dervla McTiernan is the critically acclaimed author of five novels, including The Murder Rule, which was a New York Times thriller of the year and the bestselling Cormac Reilly Series (The Ruin, The Scholar and The Good Turn). Dervla has won multiple prizes, including a Ned Kelly Award, Davitt Awards, a Barry Award, and an International Thriller Writers Award. Dervla is also the author of four novellas, and her audio novella, The Sisters, was a four-week number one bestseller in the United States. The Daily Mail referred to her writing as ‘glorious storytelling to rival John Grisham’ and the New York Times has called her ‘an uncommonly fine mystery writer.’ Dervla lives in Western Australia with her family.

So, Dervla, tell us what you’re… 
READING: Cal Newport’s Deep Work (for the third time)
WATCHING: True Detective - Night Country.
LISTENING TO: All The Sinners Bleed by S A Cosby
THINKING ABOUT: My upcoming book tour!
WORKING ON: A new book (always)

TELL US ABOUT YOUR LATEST BOOK: My new book, What Happened to Nina?, is out on 28th Feb in Australia, and a few weeks later in the US and the UK. It starts with a young couple, Simon and Nina. They’re fun, they’re in love ... so likeable ... basically Instagram perfect. Then they go away for a weekend and only Simon comes home. The book’s about what happens next — when Nina’s family is doing everything they can to get to the truth about what happened, and Simon’s family goes to extreme lengths to protect him.

FIND OUT MORE AND FOLLOW DERVLA:
Website: https://dervlamctiernan.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DervlaMcTiernan/
Instagram: @dervlamctiernan 

Thanks for checking in, Dervla!

PS If you’d like to hear Dervla talk about her new book, see her page for tour dates. I have the privilege of interviewing her next Thursday 29th February in Duncraig. Tickets here: http://tinyurl.com/3hntws8h
Every week I check in with one of Australia’s favourite authors, asking them five quick questions, and to tell us about their latest book. This week I’m delighted to welcome crime writing legend and my dear friend @dervlamctiernan 🎉 ABOUT DERVLA: Number one internationally bestselling author Dervla McTiernan is the critically acclaimed author of five novels, including The Murder Rule, which was a New York Times thriller of the year and the bestselling Cormac Reilly Series (The Ruin, The Scholar and The Good Turn). Dervla has won multiple prizes, including a Ned Kelly Award, Davitt Awards, a Barry Award, and an International Thriller Writers Award. Dervla is also the author of four novellas, and her audio novella, The Sisters, was a four-week number one bestseller in the United States. The Daily Mail referred to her writing as ‘glorious storytelling to rival John Grisham’ and the New York Times has called her ‘an uncommonly fine mystery writer.’ Dervla lives in Western Australia with her family. So, Dervla, tell us what you’re… READING: Cal Newport’s Deep Work (for the third time) WATCHING: True Detective - Night Country. LISTENING TO: All The Sinners Bleed by S A Cosby THINKING ABOUT: My upcoming book tour! WORKING ON: A new book (always) TELL US ABOUT YOUR LATEST BOOK: My new book, What Happened to Nina?, is out on 28th Feb in Australia, and a few weeks later in the US and the UK. It starts with a young couple, Simon and Nina. They’re fun, they’re in love ... so likeable ... basically Instagram perfect. Then they go away for a weekend and only Simon comes home. The book’s about what happens next — when Nina’s family is doing everything they can to get to the truth about what happened, and Simon’s family goes to extreme lengths to protect him. FIND OUT MORE AND FOLLOW DERVLA: Website: https://dervlamctiernan.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DervlaMcTiernan/ Instagram: @dervlamctiernan Thanks for checking in, Dervla! PS If you’d like to hear Dervla talk about her new book, see her page for tour dates. I have the privilege of interviewing her next Thursday 29th February in Duncraig. Tickets here: http://tinyurl.com/3hntws8h
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I’ve taken on a huge topic in this post. If you feel judged for your silence around big political issues, please read this. If you’re struggling to find your voice in times of conflict, I hope you’ll find some support here. And if you’re despairing at why some people are not speaking out online at this time, this might offer some comfort. Overall, I hope it adds something to the ongoing conversation. Link to read the post is in my bio.
I’ve taken on a huge topic in this post. If you feel judged for your silence around big political issues, please read this. If you’re struggling to find your voice in times of conflict, I hope you’ll find some support here. And if you’re despairing at why some people are not speaking out online at this time, this might offer some comfort. Overall, I hope it adds something to the ongoing conversation. Link to read the post is in my bio.
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Motivated Monday! 
Last Friday I had the privilege of spending an absorbing hour and a half in the company of some brilliant women (and one lovely fella!), all of us led in conversation by the indomitable Sarah Wilson. I’m a long-time fan of Sarah’s work, she’s an incredible interviewer and her conversations with other thought leaders are fascinating and life-enhancing.  She’s not afraid to ask honest, uncomfortable questions about our culture and where we’re headed, and in person she is as warm and generous as I knew she would be. I was both challenged and inspired by the discussion, and very grateful for the opportunity - thank you @_sarahwilson_ ! 

This week I have lots of writing to do and some very meaty substack topics coming up, so I’ll be getting my head down - but probably after tomorrow, because I might just give myself the day off for my birthday! You’re only 48 once after all 😜🎂🎈
Motivated Monday! Last Friday I had the privilege of spending an absorbing hour and a half in the company of some brilliant women (and one lovely fella!), all of us led in conversation by the indomitable Sarah Wilson. I’m a long-time fan of Sarah’s work, she’s an incredible interviewer and her conversations with other thought leaders are fascinating and life-enhancing. She’s not afraid to ask honest, uncomfortable questions about our culture and where we’re headed, and in person she is as warm and generous as I knew she would be. I was both challenged and inspired by the discussion, and very grateful for the opportunity - thank you @_sarahwilson_ ! This week I have lots of writing to do and some very meaty substack topics coming up, so I’ll be getting my head down - but probably after tomorrow, because I might just give myself the day off for my birthday! You’re only 48 once after all 😜🎂🎈
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Every week I check in with one of Australia’s favourite authors to bring you their latest news, and this week I’m delighted to welcome my dear friend Natasha Lester!

So, Natasha, what are you… 

READING? 
I’m about to start The Other Bridget by Rachael Johns.

WATCHING?
Morning Wars. I’m obsessed with it!

LISTENING TO?
The Books, Beach and Beyond podcast interview with Maggie O’Farrell as well as the audiobook of Shankari Chandran’s Miles Franklin award winning novel, Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens

THINKING ABOUT?
The edit for my next book.

WORKING ON? 
See above!

ABOUT NATASHA: Natasha is the New York Times bestselling author of eight historical novels including The Disappearance of Astrid Bricard, The Three Lives of Alix St Pierre, The Paris Seamstress and The Paris Secret, and a former marketing executive for L’Oréal. Her novels have been translated into twenty-one different languages. When she’s not writing, she loves collecting vintage fashion, practising the art of fashion illustration, running and travelling. Natasha is a sought-after public speaker and lives with her husband and three children in Perth, Western Australia.

NATASHA’S LATEST BOOK:  Astrid Bricard, daughter of Christian Dior’s legendary muse, arrives in Manhattan determined to make her mark on the fashion world, but not as a muse like her mother. She does make her mark very quickly—but not in the way she’d hoped for. Then on the eve of the fashion battle at Versailles, just as Astrid seems to be about to get everything she ever wanted, she vanishes, leaving behind only a white silk dress and the question: what happened to Astrid Bricard?

FIND OUT MORE AND FOLLOW NATASHA:

Website: www.natashalester.com.au
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NatashaLesterAuthor/
Instagram: @natashalesterauthor 
Substack: https://natashalester.substack.com/

Thanks for checking in, Natasha!
Every week I check in with one of Australia’s favourite authors to bring you their latest news, and this week I’m delighted to welcome my dear friend Natasha Lester! So, Natasha, what are you… READING? I’m about to start The Other Bridget by Rachael Johns. WATCHING? Morning Wars. I’m obsessed with it! LISTENING TO? The Books, Beach and Beyond podcast interview with Maggie O’Farrell as well as the audiobook of Shankari Chandran’s Miles Franklin award winning novel, Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens THINKING ABOUT? The edit for my next book. WORKING ON? See above! ABOUT NATASHA: Natasha is the New York Times bestselling author of eight historical novels including The Disappearance of Astrid Bricard, The Three Lives of Alix St Pierre, The Paris Seamstress and The Paris Secret, and a former marketing executive for L’Oréal. Her novels have been translated into twenty-one different languages. When she’s not writing, she loves collecting vintage fashion, practising the art of fashion illustration, running and travelling. Natasha is a sought-after public speaker and lives with her husband and three children in Perth, Western Australia. NATASHA’S LATEST BOOK: Astrid Bricard, daughter of Christian Dior’s legendary muse, arrives in Manhattan determined to make her mark on the fashion world, but not as a muse like her mother. She does make her mark very quickly—but not in the way she’d hoped for. Then on the eve of the fashion battle at Versailles, just as Astrid seems to be about to get everything she ever wanted, she vanishes, leaving behind only a white silk dress and the question: what happened to Astrid Bricard? FIND OUT MORE AND FOLLOW NATASHA: Website: www.natashalester.com.au Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NatashaLesterAuthor/ Instagram: @natashalesterauthor Substack: https://natashalester.substack.com/ Thanks for checking in, Natasha!
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There’s been an incredible rite of passage in our house this week as my 14 yo went back into the education system after nine YEARS learning from home (gulp, where did that time go?!). It’s been a great opportunity to reflect on all I learned during that time, and on just how much my kids have taught me! My latest post on Substack is all about that. Hope you enjoy this one - link in my bio.
There’s been an incredible rite of passage in our house this week as my 14 yo went back into the education system after nine YEARS learning from home (gulp, where did that time go?!). It’s been a great opportunity to reflect on all I learned during that time, and on just how much my kids have taught me! My latest post on Substack is all about that. Hope you enjoy this one - link in my bio.
There’s been an incredible rite of passage in our house this week as my 14 yo went back into the education system after nine YEARS learning from home (gulp, where did that time go?!). It’s been a great opportunity to reflect on all I learned during that time, and on just how much my kids have taught me! My latest post on Substack is all about that. Hope you enjoy this one - link in my bio.
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Valentine’s Day is the perfect publication day for The Heart Will Find A Way, a life-affirming, moving and hopeful collection of memoirs and short stories. I am so proud to be one of the selected Australian and international authors to share my story and it’s quite different to my usual writing: a nonfiction piece about losing my friend Pippa in 2021. 

Congratulations to @anj_fen and the publishing team at Southern Key Press and to all the authors who have contributed. All profits for this book are going to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

How to order

RRP is $24.99 (AU) plus postage. Bulk copies can be ordered at a lower rate by emailing anjanette@storyaslife.com. Order online through:
● Booktopia
● Barnes & Noble
● Amazon
 
Or order at any bookshop by showing this flyer or citing the ISBN (978-0-6455648-7-7)

Featuring authors... Helen Auld - Amanda Beckett - Corinne Beinke - Linda Brucesmith - Nina D Campbell - Nina Cullen - Carolyn Dunn - Anita East - Catherine Edwards - Sara Foster - Darry Fraser - Emma Grey - Vanessa Hardy - Sky Harrison - Anna Hayes - Lisa Heidke - Trisha Helbers - Mary Howley - Angelina Hurley - Lisa Ireland - Melissa Kitchen - Kylie Ladd - Athena Law - Samara Lo - Katherine Lykos - Juliet Madison - AL Maze - Andrea McMahon -
Mercedes Mercier - RS Morgan - Ruth Morgan - Monique Mulligan - Zibby Owens - Maura Pierlot - Raabia Qadir -
Teena Raffa-Mulligan - Rachael Robertson - Pat Saunders - Daan Spijer - Anne-marie Taplin
Valentine’s Day is the perfect publication day for The Heart Will Find A Way, a life-affirming, moving and hopeful collection of memoirs and short stories. I am so proud to be one of the selected Australian and international authors to share my story and it’s quite different to my usual writing: a nonfiction piece about losing my friend Pippa in 2021. Congratulations to @anj_fen and the publishing team at Southern Key Press and to all the authors who have contributed. All profits for this book are going to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. How to order RRP is $24.99 (AU) plus postage. Bulk copies can be ordered at a lower rate by emailing anjanette@storyaslife.com. Order online through: ● Booktopia ● Barnes & Noble ● Amazon Or order at any bookshop by showing this flyer or citing the ISBN (978-0-6455648-7-7) Featuring authors... Helen Auld - Amanda Beckett - Corinne Beinke - Linda Brucesmith - Nina D Campbell - Nina Cullen - Carolyn Dunn - Anita East - Catherine Edwards - Sara Foster - Darry Fraser - Emma Grey - Vanessa Hardy - Sky Harrison - Anna Hayes - Lisa Heidke - Trisha Helbers - Mary Howley - Angelina Hurley - Lisa Ireland - Melissa Kitchen - Kylie Ladd - Athena Law - Samara Lo - Katherine Lykos - Juliet Madison - AL Maze - Andrea McMahon - Mercedes Mercier - RS Morgan - Ruth Morgan - Monique Mulligan - Zibby Owens - Maura Pierlot - Raabia Qadir - Teena Raffa-Mulligan - Rachael Robertson - Pat Saunders - Daan Spijer - Anne-marie Taplin
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