Natasha Lester

Natasha Lester is an award-winning author of historical fiction. Her latest novel, The Paris Secret, is a sweeping story of secrets, bravery and love set during World War II. Her previous novels include The French Photographer (or The Paris Orphan in the US), about a female photojournalist in Paris during the Second World War and the lengths she'll go to to save those she loves, and The Paris Seamstress, which is set in the male-dominated world of 1940s New York fashion and explores how much a young Parisian seamstress will sacrifice to make it.

Natasha's novel, Her Mother's Secret, is a story of love and ambition set in England and Manhattan between 1918 and 1939 and was released in March 2017 by Hachette Australia. A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald, set in the Jazz Age in New York, was released by Hachette Australia in 2016 after a bidding war between publishers. Her previous novels are If I Should Lose You (2012) and What is Left Over, After (2010).

Natasha has been described by The Age newspaper as a “remarkable Australian talent” and was awarded an Emerging Writers’ Fellowship by the Australia Council for her second book. She was also the recipient of the TAG Hungerford Award for Fiction.

She has been the recipient of grants from the Australia Council and her work has also appeared in The Review of Australian Fiction and Overland, and the anthologies Australian Love Stories, The Kid on the Karaoke Stage and Purple Prose. In her spare time, she loves to teach and is a sought-after public speaker. She’s often seen drinking tea, doing headstands at yoga, or playing dress-ups with her three children.

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Natasha teaches Pitch Your Novel: How to Attract Agents and Publishers and 2 Hours to Scrivener Power.

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“Very inspiring! Natasha was engaging and very knowledgeable.”

– Sanyu Mugambwa

“I enjoyed the workshopping, telling the stories and getting feedback. I liked Natasha’s approach to the subject matter, it wasn’t in your face and she didn’t say ‘these are the rules, always use them to the letter’. It was relaxed and friendly.”

– Sarah Micalizzi

“I enjoyed all of it! Just learning the process of how to write a book and everything that you need to consider was very helpful, especially as I have never written anything before. Natasha was incredibly knowledgeable and a fantastic teacher. She made the course interesting, backed up everything she taught us with references to books and was an all-round inspiring lady. It was a great, well-run course with a talented presenter.”

– Charlotte Whyatt

“Natasha was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, positive and encouraging. She definitely made my course experience the best it could be. It’s a well-run course and a great opportunity to meet other writers.”

– Alicia Bakewell

“If you are even remotely considering writing a book, go here first! It will give you the freedom to go outside of what you thought was the ‘right’ way and will help you avoid countless mistakes. Having done the course I feel far more informed and inspired.”

– Tania Holland

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