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Natasha Lester: #Robinpedia

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Natasha Lester is an Australian writer with a Masters in Creative Writing and a PhD in being farken fabulous. When she isn’t writing she enjoys yoga, sorting through her extensive lipstick collection, buying shoes, and drinking gin. I believe her gin cupboard looks something like this. 

Prior to entering the Australian authorial world Natasha Lester worked in public relations and marketing. She has worked for heavyweights such as L’Oréal, Maybelline and Harlequin. Thankfully she abandoned the glamorous life of PR and became a povo writer instead. It involves just as much drinking of gin but far less money.

 

Lester’s first book, What is Left Over, After was published by Freemantle Press in 2010.She did what any first time author would do and took a bunch of shelfies. Don’t pretend that we don’t all do it. This was followed up in 2012 with If I should Lose You. For her third book, Lester switched to writing historical romance. She released A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald in 2016 through Hachette, this was quickly followed up by Her Mother’s Secret in 2017.

 

When Natasha Lester isn’t doing yoga whilst writing and applying lipstick she teaches writing. Frequently through The Australian Writers’ Centre.

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Crime & Thrills With 5 Sydney Authors

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Crime & Thrills With 5 Sydney Authors

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Award winning crime writer, A.B. Patterson, organised an absolute cracker of an event at the Australian Youth Hotel in Glebe. Five brilliant writers speaking candidly, a sensational moderator, lush surrounds, and alcohol. If that doesn’t spell WONDERFUL SUNDAY AFTERNOON,  then I don’t know what does.

Crime writers Candice Fox, L.A. Larkin, Bruce McCabe, Nigel Bartlett, and A.B. Patterson, were all put to the question by the amazing Janine Hewitt. I have to say, she was a real surprise package. I’ve been to a lot of author talks and events and haven’t seen her convene a panel before… she was absolutely delightful. She clearly knew the guests’ works, had engaged with it, and asked some unexpected questions. It was an absolute pleasure for me, as an audience member, to have a fresh approach and such obvious enthusiasm. Audience members do get a bit bored with the same old questions and style all the time, so this made a great event even better. I would definitely go to any event organised by A.B. Patterson again, and I would definitely see Janine Hewitt convene, or be on any panel, again.

But enough about the organisation, it’s time to dish the dirt. What did those brilliant minds reveal?

Pyjamas are definitely necessary writing attire. I’ve been telling my accountant this but he refuses to believe me. I now have backup from Nigel Bartlett and L.A. Larkin both stated that they often like to work in their pyjamas.

You have to work really hard. Discipline is key. Nigel Bartlett and L.A. Larkin recommend working in the morning. Candice Fox said to treat writing like a job and make the time commitment. A.B. Patterson said that it’s important to get yourself into the right mindset to write… and when he works out how to do that consistently then he’ll let us know.

Candice Fox and L.A. Larkin recommend dealing with rejection by crying. Thank goodness someone has finally validated my approach. Nigel recommended trying to see the positive and move on. Whatever! Bruce McCabe said let it inspire you to think outside the box.

Candice Fox suggested that when people say, write what you know, you probably know more than you think. Remember ever conversation you listened in on. She also said listening to your fans is important for sequels.

L.A. Larkin apparently reads every review. She also says that the more books you write, the easier it becomes.

A.B Patterson carries a notebook everywhere.

Nigel Bartlett says you have to learn to beat your inner critic.

Bruce McCabe gave an incredibly powerful speech that I couldn’t do justice but will sum up as best I can. He said that in this day and age if you truly want to be published then nobody can stop you. There are so many paths to publication now, and traditional publishing is only one of them. So if you want to be published you can do it, nobody can keep you from it. It was rather inspiring.

Tips for people new to the Youth Hotel Glebe, firstly, you can be old, I’m 37 and they didn’t evict me. Secondly, The Nude Bar, refers to the bar upstairs. You do not have to get nude to go there. I repeat DO NOT GET NUDE TO GO UP THERE. It gets its name from the nude art on the walls. It is actually quite lovely and grand.

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Find Candice Fox here.

Find L.A. Larkin here.

Find Nigel Bartlett here.

Find Bruce McCabe here.

And find the man of the moment, the guy who pulled this whole event together, A.B. Patterson here.

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Here are my tweets, typos and all, from the event. (Cut me some slack, I’m dyslexic.)

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L. A. Larkin: #Robinpedia

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L.A. Larkin is a British-Australian writer and writing teacher. She likes adventures, dogs, long strolls along Antarctica, and tormenting characters. The themes of isolation, jeopardy, and lack of backup, are prevalent in L.A. Larkin’s works.

Two of her works are Antarctica noir, yet a third is set somewhere considerably hotter, Zimbabwe. Her works include:
The Genesis Flaw, published through Hachette, and nominated for four awards.
Thirst, published through Hachette.
Devour, also published through Hachette, with the sequel Prey coming soon.

L.A. Larkin also publishes pet detective books under the name Louisa Bennet. Monty and Me is published through HarperCollins.

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Find L.A. Larkin’s website here

Find L.A. Larkin on Facebook here 

Find L.A. Larkin on Twitter here

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Exciting additional note, L.A. Larkin’s book Devour is the one Jason Stegersaurussex accidentally said arse for instead of ice, on JByrne’s Book Club. It had him and BLaw giggling for ages at the slip-up, the arse and giggling had to be cut from the show because of time constraints. Relive that episode here.

I attended Crime & Thrills with 5 Sydney Authors which L.A. Larkin was a speaker at so have some extra Larkin details to add.

She likes to work in her pyjamas. Come on ATO, make pyjamas tax deductible. They’re uniform for writers.

She has found writing to be a journey of courage against external and internal critics.

She loves starting to work at 7am because that’s when her mind is freshest and her ideas are the best.

She reads every review. That includes Amazon and Good Reads. Your reviews are being reviewed.

She gets so inside her characters head that she has nightmares.

She never pitched to a publisher, she went straight to trying to get an agent.

Josephine Moon: #Robinpedia

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Josephine Moon is an Australian writer of foodie fiction.  She enjoys laughter, love, and little snacky things. In particular chocolate or honey snacky things. Being a writer she of course also obsesses over tea. Because that’s the rules. Writers may not have many rules but we must love tea, whiskey, cats, and scarves.

Josephine Moon probably has the most delicious selection of book titles in Australia, including, The Tea Chest, The Chocolate Promise, The Beekeeper’s Secret, all published through Allen and Unwin.

Her first novel, Starlight the Brumby, which she wrote at the age of 9, is yet to be picked up. I strongly believe that it will be a hit one day alongside my first novel which was about a sexy hobbit, and Ashley Kalagian Blunt’s killer bees from Mars novel. Perhaps we could get together and combine all three. Call me.

Find Josephine Moon’s website here

Find Josephine Moon on Facebook here

Find Josephine on Twitter here

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