About the Author- Lorraine Pestell

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Lorraine Pestell was born in London and has had a successful career as an Information Technology professional in the UK, US, Europe, Singapore, and more recently Australia. Lorraine currently resides in Melbourne, Victoria, with her 13-year-old dog.
Although still working full-time, Lorraine is a passionate volunteer for several organisations, including serving on the Board of Directors of Propel Youth Arts WA, being a mentor for The Smith Family’s iTrack program and providing project management assistance to The School Volunteer Program. She finds that volunteering time and energy to those less fortunate is an effective antidote to life-long depression and the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The idea for “A Life Singular” originated when Lorraine was 14 years old, and the story has continued to develop in fits and starts since then, whenever time and life events permitted. However, three years ago, a new element of the plot triggered a sudden urge to complete the novel, and since then the story has evolved into six separate parts.

 

Books by Lorraine Pestell

A life Singular

A novel in six parts, serialised as e-books and paperbacks, “A Life Singular” tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography after the tragic loss of his wife. In essence a love story, “A Life Singular” is about dealing with mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong, and how one affects the other. Some of life’s lessons are harder to learn, and some amazing opportunities easier to take. The trick is always to understand the consequences of our choices, before it’s too late… The series has been written by a sufferer of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with the hope of inspiring other sufferers of depression, anxiety and other related symptoms to rise above them and make a success of their lives. It also aims to inform non-sufferers that it is possible for people with mental illness to co-exist and thrive, with their love and support, instead of viewing these behaviours as strange or dangerous.

A novel in six parts, serialised as e-books and paperbacks, “A Life Singular” tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography after the tragic loss of his wife. In essence a love story, “A Life Singular” is about dealing with mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong, and how one affects the other. Some of life’s lessons are harder to learn, and some amazing opportunities easier to take. The trick is always to understand the consequences of our choices, before it’s too late… The series has been written by a sufferer of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with the hope of inspiring other sufferers of depression, anxiety and other related symptoms to rise above them and make a success of their lives. It also aims to inform non-sufferers that it is possible for people with mental illness to co-exist and thrive, with their love and support, instead of viewing these behaviours as strange or dangerous.

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The second novel of six, serialised as e-books and paperbacks, “A Life Singular” tells the story of a successful celebrity writing his autobiography. In essence a love story, “A Life Singular” is about dealing with mental illness, the choices we make between right and wrong, and how one affects the other.

Part Two

Writing an autobiography on behalf of someone else presented Jeff with an interesting dilemma. Did he make assumptions about what Lynn would have included, or should he restrict her contribution to direct quotes from her letters and diaries? He had their kids to protect, and her parents…

As he worked through the huge amount of material available in the press about their life as it had taken shape, interlacing it with highly personal stories, the widower crafted chapter after chapter of memories, both happy and heartbreaking. If this was to be a true account of their partnership, he owed it to the memory of his beautiful best friend to cover so much more than what was already on public record.

When it came to adding his own reminiscences of those early months, about meeting someone he already knew intimately, Jeff had no difficulty in recalling every single, vivid moment. Entire conversations came back to him, sometimes word for word, rushing through his fingers and into the computer.

Photographs prompted him too, as did the treasured possessions that surrounded him, like the old leather jacket he had received on his twentieth birthday. Lynn had left him shortly after that, just like she had left him now. The pull of being together again was unrelenting, but Jeff hung on to the dream that their life singular would one day resume.

Once their story had been told.

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