I have had an amazing day with so many readers touching base about my article in The Age and just taking a moment to mark the occasion. https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/i-live-in-st-albans-and-we-re-not-all-criminals-20230327-p5cvl1.html
My latest article in The Age where I share why I love my suburb of St Albans. Fun fact, most of my books are set in St Albans because I want to inspire pride in my suburb. theage.com.au/national/victoria/i-live-in-st-albans-and-we-re-not-all-criminals-20230327-p5cvl1.html
my mother's house
Since my mother died I avert my gaze as I passed the street in which she had lived, a pang burning in my chest. Yesterday I drove down the street of my mother’s house. I call it my mother’s house, even though it has been sold and strangers now live there, but to me it will always be my mother’s house. She bought the house with my father in 1978 and I was raised in that house. It was the only security I ever knew. Even as my life constantly changed due to her bipolar, that house was the anchor that held us together.
She lived in that house for 42 years, firstly with my father who renovated it and transformed it into a three bedroom home, until he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and returned to Bosnia to say goodby to his parents, and was buried there.
It was this house that held us together in turbulence after his passing as she struggled with widowhood as a 30 year old, with two small children, and a mental illness that battered her. And it was in this house that I finally experienced a nuclear family when she married my stepfather and they spent 30 years of their married life within their walls.
My stepfather spent his life renovating the house, painting, updating, transforming it. And when I look at it I see him on the roof, painting the tiles, or at the front building the archways that now bracket the front door.
He suffered from depression his whole life and committed suicide in the bungalow behind the house, in what was his work shed. My mother died 11 months after him inside the house from hypertension.
When I go to their graves, I don’t feel them, instead it is this house that I come to grieve and remember. Sometimes I get fanciful and I like to think that they are together, their spirits entwined as it is their resting place. Mostly I just cry and feel the waves when they come, and miss them.
I commissioned this painting by my incredibly talented friend Jodi Wiley to paint my mother's house. It doesn't look this now, but this is where my mind turns to when I think about my childhood and remember sitting on this fence with the neighbourhood children and throwing water balloons at each other, playing chasey on the street, and watching the palm tree swaying. This painting represents the good moments of my childhood and it is where I go to when the sadness gets too much.
Being a teacher I learn so much that has helped me in life. Here is my latest @SBSVoices article sharing my lesson. sbs.com.au/topics/voices/culture/article/2023/03/25/10-second-rule-made-me-better-listener
ublishing my audiobook Things Nobody Knows But Me. This is my memoir that I narrated myself.
Part 2 is a YouTube shorts so can't embed. View via link here.
I have been featured in Writer's Digest for their IndieLab Author spotlight feature talking about self publishing and establishing my small press, Pishukin Press. Here is the online extended interview. It's so lovely to both be featured in the hardcopy magazine and online.
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featured in writer's digest
I have been featured in Writer's Digest May issue for their IndieLab Author spotlight feature. For context Google just told me that Writer's Digest has a paid circulation of 60,000 subscribers and the online has 20 million pageviews/year in the US. So how did this happen? Through the power of social media. I shared my achievements in starting my own small press, Pishukin Press, on an Alliance of Independent Authors thread and that I had published 6 books in 2022, and that they were each in ebook, paperback, hardcover, large print, dyslexic font edition, and audiobooks narrated by AI and by performance artists. The editor of this column saw my post and contacted me to be featured. And now I have an amazing publicity opportunity and an achievement I can leverage. So don't believe anyone when they tell you social media is not worth it. It is. I love social media to engage with the writing community, to network and to learn. Have fun and just put yourself out there with joy. And who knows what will come back to you
Very excited to announce that my small press, Pishukin Press, is publishing its first author. Yes, I'm keeping it close to home and will be publishing a short story collection, Complication by my husband Fikret Pajalic. His fiction has appeared in Meanjin, Overland, Westerly, Etchings, Sleepers, Antipodes, The Big Issue, Hotel Amerika, Wisconsin Review, The Minnesota Review, Fjords Review, Sheepshead Review, Bop Dead City, Structo, Paper and Ink, JAAM and elsewhere.
Complication: In this gripping and gut-wrenching short story collection, Pajalic delivers face-thumping drama and austere dialogue by depicting working-class characters in all their gutsiness and glory.
Here's a photo of us receiving the proof copy. To find out more https://www.fikretpajalic.com/complication.html
online grant writing course
Did you know I have been successful in receiving creative development, residency and business grants to develop my author business? I've now partnered with www.BoldAuthors.com to deliver an online grant writing course that includes a step by step guide, a successful funding application for you to look and a a list of grants that you can apply for in Australia.
Fragments is the fifth story in my short story collection and is set in Srebrenica during the siege. The Cuckoo’s Song, YA short story collection, by Amra Pajalic is now available in ebook, paperback, hardcover, dyslexic font, large print, and audiobook narrated by AI.
Award-winning author Amra Pajalić showcases her gritty, poignant and sometimes bruising voice in this eclectic short story book of previously published and prize-winning stories. Featuring powerful and moving stories of family dissolution, deprivation of war, tenderness of family and the heart-rending experiences of mental illness. Thriller stories with a twist of vindictiveness and retribution, and love stories that make the heart sing, this collection will delight and entertain.
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Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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