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Hard Work, Luck & Timing: How To Write A Bestseller, with Natasha Lester

Sagas are back!! The Paris Seamstress is the right novel at the right time for Australian Author, Natasha Lester. How much will a young Parisian seamstress sacrifice to make her mark in the male-dominated world of 1940s New York fashion?

Labelled as a novel of ‘hope, heartache and a journey of discovery’ by Books & Publishing, Natasha’s much touted latest novel is finally available – yep, it’s launch day.

If you are enamoured by Tiffany’s and New York City’s garment district then you’re going to love this one. In fact, all of Natasha’s books are about to be published in the UK by Sphere.

Natasha is suddenly what we all know as an overnight success. But if you want to know the real truth behind what goes into writing a bestseller, then Natasha shares with us the highs and lows – and everything in between – of the writing process, from pre-drafts, the first discovery draft, and all the drafts after that, about six in total for Natasha.

From research trips to watching documentaries and listening to podcasts, Natasha shares with us the story behind the story of The Paris Seamstress. Then there’s meaty issue of dual narratives that kept Natasha awake for more than a few nights as she learnt the intricacies of tying the two narratives of her latest novel  into one seamless whole.

Know anything about daily life in another era, about underwear and when doorbells were invented? And then there’s the next novel, tentatively titled The French Photographer, and here we chat about museums, chateaus and Christian Dior.

But the one big take-away from our chat – and there are lots of take-aways – is that ideas take time. They need to be ready, to incubate, and that other art-forms are a great source of inspiration.

You can find out more about Natasha, her books, and the writing process here.

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This week’s podcast is sponsored by the Book Publishing For Authors Implementation Program, soon to be shortened to Get Published, and put together by eleven time bestselling author, Paul Brodie. You can find out more here.


About the author, Melinda

I'm an authorpreneur, English teacher and podcaster who dreams of a life on the road full of adventures and handsome heroes, whilst making squizillions of dollars in book sales to pay for my chocolate fix. In the real world, I write novels and non-fiction, and offer my expert advice via online courses (as soon as I make them) and writing retreats (as soon as I organise them).

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