The JR Bunnies are happy to welcome Author Lorraine Pestell
Part Three of my novel serial “A Life Singular” was released in August, deep in the Australian winter. Well, as deep as winter gets down here… It’s self-published via CreateSpace, for sale via my website and Amazon. Sales proceeds go to two Australian children’s charities.
Tell us a little about “A Life Singular – Part Three”, what inspired you to write the “A Life Singular” serial?
A novel in six parts, “A Life Singular” is my life’s work, telling the story of a successful rock star writing his autobiography after the tragic loss of his wife. Part Three takes readers back to the début of his spectacular career and sees him reunited with his dream girl, from whom he was separated at the end of Part Two.
I have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, along with its various debilitating symptoms, for most of my life. Therefore, using the universal theme of love and our fascination with celebrity, I hope to achieve two main goals by writing these books: first, to inspire fellow sufferers to triumph over mental illness; and second, to encourage non-sufferers to tolerate, support and even love us as we try to live a “normal” life.
When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?
Since the idea for this story has been with me since my teens, I have all six parts plotted to varying levels of completion. In fact, I have already written “THE END”! I’m currently working on Part Four (How predictable! J), for which most chapters already have a clear structure.
However, whenever I dig deeper into the characters’ reactions to each situation, I am always amazed by the journey of discovery I take with them. Sometimes I look back on a particular passage, knowing I had absolutely no intention of writing it when I first sat down at the computer.