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What would you do if you became the most famous person in the world overnight? Embrace it or run like hell?
What would you do if you became the most famous person in the world overnight? Embrace it or run like hell?
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Artwork by Melita Eisenberg
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'The Nine Months, Five Days & Three Weeks That I Was Famous'

Everyone wants to be famous, right? 

After all, it’s the 21st century’s version of alchemy. Fame is like gold and is one of society's most valuable commodities. ‘The Nine Months, Three Weeks and Five Days that I was Famous’ explores and explodes the fame myth. 

When celebrity reporter Siggy Heath from Peeper magazine gets caught up in an international sex scandal, she has to nail one great big fat lie that six billion people already believe. Instead of embracing her fame, Siggy runs from it, as the media and political machine spin the story to their own needs. In a fame at all costs society, for somebody not to embrace it, appears very suspicious. Siggy is made an offer of a lifetime to go along with a certain version of events and with it comes the huge moral dilemma. 

This is an international story set in London, Paris, Berlin and New York. Thrown into the mix is Siggy's boyfriend Davy, who just happens to have the Number 34 single in Belgium as the scandal breaks, her sister Carys who works as a director/camera woman in disaster zones, her controlling mother and deadbeat Dad, Claire her drama queen, overbearing older sister obsessed by IVF, ball breaking editors, A-list celebrities, K-list celebrities, a beautiful transvestite, underhanded American politicians, obsessed fans called 'The Hyphens-Hyphens', right wing talk show hosts, Machiavellian spin doctors, dodgy lawyers, dodgier agents, a whole host of media personalities and London's Paddington Green Police Station.

The Nine Months is a breath of fresh air in the adult contemporary fiction genre. It has all the makings of a page turning summer read and comes with lashings of satire, humour, pathos, satire, love, sex, drugs, rock'n'roll, violence, celebrities, magazines, TV shows, shallow glamour, dysfunctional families, politics, international cities and real vivid characters that leap off the page. However, it also makes a serious comment on the media, political spin and society's obsession with celebrities.  

Why I launched this Kickstarter and how the funds will be used

After publishing two novels with two major international publishing houses, I want to self publish my first adult contemporary novel. What truly elevates a book to the highest level is a truly great, talented and experienced editor. Hence I'm looking to raise money to engage the editor of my first two novels, the very talented Julia Stiles. It is such an important part of the process and will make all the difference to the final product.

My goal of $4000 will essentially just pay the editor's fees. If I go over that limit, then the money will help me survive as I finish the editing process in Berlin and pay for the printing of the books. I would like to pay for the designer to further develop the cover. Any additional funds (praise be!) will be used to engage specialists to help with the marketing and publicity to give the book the best chance of making it in the world.

REVIEWS 

"I finished it!! I was gripped to it the whole time, so well written. It has a really nice pace that totally sucks you in and makes you want to keep reading". Katrina.

"Lollie I love it...chapter 9 already and I am hooked but desperately need sleep...can't wait for tomorrow s reading session" Debra.

"The overall style was very Ben Elton which I like. Bottom line - easy to read/page turner -you are a writer whose books I enjoy devouring -therefore - bestsellers!" Rob.

"I want to say a huge congratulations and to say how talented you are. It's written so well, with such pace and confidence, great descriptions and similes and also with fabulous humour. I loved especially the scene where Siggy is caught with Dru-Ray and comes face to face with his button mushroom penis. Beautifully comic and I snorted, proper, while reading it!" Lauren. 

"I’m just really excited by your book Lollie, and particularly by the way it all comes together at the end. I think you have really got something here, and that it is relevant to our times. I think it could be a really polished, funny, poignant, witty take on celeb culture from a semi-insider (you!)" Beth.

Risks and challenges

Despite having Stunt Boy published, I'm no JK Rowlinginnit. Far from it, I epitomise the classic skint author, scrabbling for my rent each month. Hence I need your help. I have spent the last four years, writing and rewriting this novel. I've re-mortgaged my house, sold my car and have not been home to Australia for two years to make this happen.

The book is finally finished and reading very well. Julia Styles, my editor, has evaluated the manuscript and has time to line edit at the end of April. Then I will need to work two months full time on her notes. It's guaranteed that you will have the book in your hot little hands by August. I'm so committed to finishing this project and getting it out there, as I've got two other books on the go that I'm dying to finish!

Big thanks to Frank Liborius Hellweg for making the video.

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