Ask about Natasha Lester
Key Points
  • Natasha is a Top 10 bestselling author in Australia, and an international and USA Today bestselling author. Her books are published all over the world and translated into many languages.
  • Natasha’s novels are all about strong women doing something unusual for their time in history. She unearths stories of women who have been forgotten by passing time and gives them the attention they deserve. Natasha travels to the northern hemisphere each year to research her novels, visiting cities like Paris, New York and London, and staying in French chateaux, and iconic hotels, which become the backdrops for her books.
  • Natasha has published 4 historical novels: A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald (2016), Her Mother’s Secret (2017), The Paris Seamstress (2018), The French Photographer (2019). She is currently contracted to write one book each year.
  • The Age newspaper has described Natasha as “a remarkable Australian talent.”  Publishers Weekly in America names her books as among their “most anticipated” and gave The Paris Seamstress a starred review, a mark of recognition given only to the very best books.
  • She is a winner of the TAG Hungerford Award for Fiction (2009). She has been awarded fellowships by the Australia Council for the Arts, and Varuna, The Writers House.
  • She is one of only a very few novelists in Australia making a living from writing books.

 

Topics
  • From the cusp of failure to international bestselling Author
    Natasha shares her journey from successful marketing executive to wannabe writer to international bestseller. She talks about all the rejections, all the thousands of words she’s thrown in the bin, the reality of  what life is like for many authors selling less than 2,000 copies a book, and also the unbelievable experience of becoming an international bestselling author who now lives her dream.

  • From photojournalists, to fashionistas, to the first female doctors: Inspiring women from history
    From Vogue’s WWII photojournalist Lee Miller, to Martha Gellhorn, the first woman to report from French soil post D-Day, to Manhattan’s first female doctors, and the women who flew aeroplanes during the second world war, Natasha has written novels based on a host of inspiring women. Let Natasha share their funny, courageous and heartbreaking stories with you and let them inspire you to be that little bit braver than you thought you were.

  • The secrets to creative success
    Encouraging and harnessing creativity is vital for any organisation that wishes to succeed in today’s world. Let internationally bestselling author, Natasha Lester, show you why popular myths about creativity are wrong and let her share with you her secrets to creative success.

  • Dream big - even if the world says your dream is impossible
    We all have dreams, but so many of us give up on them because life gets in the way, and the naysayers tell us our dreams are unachievable. Natasha Lester will reignite your dreams as she shares with you her story of writing books in half hour snatches of time while her babies were sleeping, of never giving up, of refusing to listen to the doubters, of learning from failure, and of creating the opportunities that led to her becoming an internationally bestselling author.

  • Not just an author: I’m a CEO too
    Being an author doesn’t just involve writing books; it involves managing a business, shaping your own career, marketing, networking, making hard decisions about agents and publishers, managing finances — and being creative. Natasha will share with you how an author, whose success depends on her creativity, can also manage the often complex business of being an internationally best-selling author.
Testimonials

I’ve had the honour to work with Natasha on a number of occasions over the years at various festivals and library and bookstore events. She is by far one of the most brilliant and engaging public speakers I’ve ever encountered: witty, intelligent and, above all, insightful.
William Yeoman
former Literary Editor of The West Australian and former director of the Perth Writers Festival

Natasha Lester was one of our most well-received artists at Storyfest (a new literary festival in Milton on the south coast of NSW). Her discussion of her writing process, research methods and novels was highly engaging and our audiences loved her. Natasha's passion for her writing and subject matter comes through in her warm, natural speaking style and people respond to her honesty and authenticity. Natasha was a dream to work with and we feel privileged to have had her as our guest at our inaugural festival.
Organiser
Storyfest

Natasha Lester is an engaging speaking who always receives rave reviews from her audience.
CEO
Australian Writers Centre