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My interview with the Australian Writers Centre

My interview with the Australian Writers Centre

 

Recently the Australian Writers’ Centre interviewed me about my travel memoir, Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds. I am so excited to share the interview where I talk about the book, self-publishing and why I chose to do it, my book launch team, and how I became a best seller on Amazon.

Read the interview with the Australian Writers’ Centre below:

Lisa Fleetwood on self-publishing and dachshunds

Merry Dachshund! Buy Destination Dachshund & receive a handmade dachshund Christmas ornament !

Merry Dachshund! Buy Destination Dachshund & receive a handmade dachshund Christmas ornament !

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$22.99 for book and dachshund ornament for pick-up or local Penrith area/Blue Mountains delivery.

*For postage Australia wide: $29.99

Get in quick before I hang all the dachshunds on MY Christmas tree!

Please email Lisa to purchase: lisa@lisafleetwood.com.au

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Praise for Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

“A likable author makes for a likable, dog-centric travel book.” – Kirkus Review
“Fleetwood’s resulting chronicle of a multigenerational family trip—88 days, 15 countries, and 60 dachshund spottings—has an invitingly chatty tone that makes one feel like one is traveling with her.” – Kirkus Review

“I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys memoirs, travelogues, history, who has a love for pets, or who is just looking for a great read in general.” – Reviewed By Tracy Slowiak for Readers’ Favorite

‘Destination Dachshund is a truly delightful read with many laugh out loud moments. And it isn’t just a book about travel – even though the extraordinary array of travel experiences captured between the pages is epic. The author unpacks with warmth and humour the intricacies of family relationships, our love of pets, and the joys of travelling with dodgy-kneed grandparents. And then there’s the hilarious dachshund spotting competition. I now find myself scanning walkways and parks for these spunky little dogs.’ —  Vanessa, Sydney

“A truly engaging read that is so much more than a travel memoir. Not only does Lisa take us on her 3-month trip of a life time, she also takes us into the heart of her family. While the Fleetwood’s travel through Europe, they must also navigate their own grief. Destination Dachshund is a remarkable book – filled with honesty and humour, and the sights, smells and sounds of amazing locations. It will make you want to hug the ones you love, then book a flight somewhere!” – Sharyn, Springwood, NSW 

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Kirkus Review for Destination Dachshund

Kirkus Review for Destination Dachshund

I was so pleased to receive a positive book review for Destination Dachshund from one of the most prestigious brands in publishing – Kirkus Reviews. Servicing the book industry since the 1930’s, Kirkus Reviews ‘stands for integrity, honesty and accessible reviews written with an insider’s eye’ and the Kirkus Indie program gives self-publishers like me the chance to earn honest critical review.

STS_DD Ebook In between light and dark V5.2_mini_mini“A likable author makes for a likable, dog-centric travel book.” – Kirkus Review

“Fleetwood’s resulting chronicle of a multigenerational family trip—88 days, 15 countries, and 60 dachshund spottings—has an invitingly chatty tone that makes one feel like one is traveling with her.” – Kirkus Review

“…Fleetwood can be a sensitive observer and she has an admirable fascination with and respect for history.” – Kirkus Review

I am pretty happy with the review (read full review below). To have received a positive review from such a respected player in the book industry means a lot to me. If the only slightly negative thing they can say is that we walked past a memorial to fallen Jews and then spotted a dachshund is a jarring juxtaposition then I’m ok with that – that’s what happened and that is life. We were feeling sad at the memorial but then a dachshund scampered by – what are we to do except delight in that? Life is a series of juxtapositions like that.

Full Review:
In her debut memoir, Australia-based blogger Fleetwood shares the highs and lows of an extended family trip from Sydney to New York City. The transition from blog to book is trickier than many writers realize, but for the most part, Fleetwood has the knack. In 2010, right before Fleetwood and her family took off from Sydney, one of their dachshunds, Coco, died unexpectedly; the remaining dog, Charlie, she says, “won’t leave our side or our laps…his howls break our hearts.”

In honor of Coco, the family invents a trip-long game of dachshund sightings. Fleetwood’s resulting chronicle of a multigenerational family trip—86 days, 15 countries, and 60 dachshund spottings—has an invitingly chatty tone that makes one feel like one is traveling with her.

The family goes to Singapore; Istanbul; Moscow; Budapest, Hungary; Nuremberg, Germany; Paris; and Dublin (with numerous stops in between), before finally reaching New York in time for Christmas. There, they discover that “People are all going in different directions and are pushy, loud and rough.” But Fleetwood is otherwise delighted by almost everything else she encounters, be it a dinner cruise on Europe’s Danube River or a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France (Christmas markets are her admitted addiction).

She’s also as adept at noting what it’s like to travel with family as she is at describing cathedrals, castles, battlefields, and Roman ruins. In Turkey, for example, her 12-year-old son “barters for a fez hat that he will probably never wear again”; later, at a Paris café, she notes her recently widowed mother’s loneliness, achingly detectable under her otherwise cheerful demeanor.

Fleetwood can be a sensitive observer and she has an admirable fascination with and respect for history. But occasionally, there are jarring juxtapositions. In Krakow, Poland, for example, the family visits a monument to many thousands of Krakow Jews who died in World War II; barely a paragraph later, Fleetwood’s husband spots a miniature dachshund: “I follow his pointed finger, and sure enough ahead in the distance is a darling brown miniature dachshund. It’s so cute!”

Overall, though, the author ably conveys the fleeting pleasures of managing a trip that embraces both grandparents and grandchildren. By the time they get to Poland, for example, the kids complain they are “churched out,” and anyone who’s ever been part of a family outing will certainly relate.

A likable author makes for a likable, dog-centric travel book.

Spotlight on Destination Dachshund – Live author interview on Facebook!

Spotlight on Destination Dachshund – Live author interview on Facebook!

 

WLM BannerA few months ago I came across a fantastic Facebook group called We Love Memoirs and this Sunday 11th September they will be featuring Destination Dachshund Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds on their Sunday Spotlight and live interview!

We Love Memoirs: A place for readers and authors to discuss free, discounted and just plain excellent memoirs. 

Do you love reading memoir and love receiving news about free or discounted ebooks. Become a member of the group HERE and join my live interview on Sunday! I’d love to see you there!!

I’ll be answering questions, sharing pictures, a deleted scene from the book, and more! And, two people will win a free download of Destination Dachshund.

Meet me at We Love Memoirs from 11am on Sunday 11th September.

Don’t forget to join the group We Love Memoirs  🙂

Lisa ♥

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Readers’ Favorite #5Star Reviews for Destination Dachshund #ReadersFavorite

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Reviewed By Tracy Slowiak for Readers’ Favorite

In a simply delightful memoir penned by author Lisa Fleetwood, Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir – Three Months, Three Generations and Sixty Dachshunds, readers will be treated to a fun, funny, heartwarming and even an educational retelling of the travels of the Fleetwood family through 15 countries. The family, with teenagers and in-laws participating in the journey, leave for their epic trip just days after their beloved dachshund, Coco, passes away. While in Russia, they spot two engaging dachshunds, both wearing winter coats, and that spurs a new family game. With the search on for dachshunds across their travels, the family experiences are recounted with humor and love, and a great deal of history thrown in as well.

I very much enjoyed Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir. Author Lisa Fleetwood has done a wonderful job in telling the story of her family’s amazing adventure in an engaging style that will keep readers turning the pages from the start all the way through until the very end. This book is full of history, and information is provided about each of the family’s stops on their trip that many will find informative and interesting. I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys memoirs, travelogues, history, who has a love for pets, or who is just looking for a great read in general. I certainly hope that author Lisa Fleetwood would consider writing another book in the future. With her obvious talent, it’s sure to be an excellent read!

Reviewed By Chris Fischer for Readers’ Favorite

What a fun book I just finished reading! Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir – Three Months, Three Generations and Sixty Dachshunds by author Lisa Fleetwood is the tale of an amazing family trip taken with both her in-laws and her teenagers across fifteen countries. What do dachshunds have to do with any of this? Well, unfortunately, the family suffered the loss of their very loved pet, dachshund Coco, just a few days before their epic trip. While on their trip, they begin to notice dachshunds while they were traveling, starting with two smartly outfitted little ones in Russia. They decided to make a game of spotting these engaging dogs for the rest of their journey. What ensues is a fun and adventurous ride through historical spots, with dachshunds, of course, around almost every bend.

This sweet story was simply a delight to read. To any reader who enjoys reading about other people’s adventures while traveling, who likes to learn about other places and historical spots, who loves pets, especially dogs (and maybe especially those who love dachshunds) or to anyone looking for just a fun read in general, Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir is the book for you. Author Lisa Fleetwood has done a wonderful job in putting down her family’s amazing experiences in such a way that will engage most readers and will leave them wanting to hear more about this interesting and heart warming family. I can confidently rate this book most highly, and certainly hope to read more from author Lisa Fleetwood in the future!

Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir – Three Months, Three Generations and Sixty Dachshunds is a non-fiction travel memoir written by Lisa Fleetwood. The author received a lot of puzzled looks when she told friends about the family’s upcoming travel adventure. Most wondered how adult children would handle travelling with their parents and in-laws, as well as their own children, and for three long months, but Fleetwood figured it had been done before by others. After her father’s passing, she knew that she wanted to spend some time with her mom and her husband’s parents while they still could travel, and while her own two children, now teens, were still living at home. What made eyebrows rise even higher was their itinerary. The Aussies would be travelling through Europe and Russia in wintertime, and then heading across the Atlantic to Boston, but it made perfect sense to the Fleetwoods. It coincided with their kids’ holidays, and a snowy Christmas abroad might indeed be a magical thing.

Lisa Fleetwood’s non-fiction travel memoir, Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir, covers quite a bit of traveling, and along the way I began to truly enjoy the company of the author and her family. Fleetwood shares the high points, and a few of the low points, of a most impressive grand tour. I loved exploring Eastern Europe with the Fleetwoods and found myself thinking a lot about food as they ate their way through some delectable sounding cuisine. She also touches on the family dynamics of a trip where they were in close proximity almost all of the time, especially with the added stress of her father’s death two years before and the recent death of their beloved dachshund, Coco, just before they left for the trip. Fleetwood writes in an easy conversational style that makes the reader instantly feel at home. She’s also the consummate travel guide, giving the reader an inspired itinerary for any number of travel adventures. Destination Dachshund: A Travel Memoir – Three Months, Three Generations and Sixty Dachshunds is most highly recommended.


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Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

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Tags: Dachshunds, Destination Dachshund, Recommended Books, Travel
Publisher: Lisa Fleetwood
Publication Year: 2016
Length: 275
ASIN: B01E3VZ80I
ISBN: 0994591403
Exploring the bond of family and the grieving of loved ones, both human and hound, Destination Dachshund offers a unique twist on the travel memoir with an often hilarious dachshund-spotting competition at the heart of one family’s extraordinary journey through Turkey, Russia, Europe and the USA....
About the Book

‘A likable author makes for a likable, dog-centric travel book.’ – Kirkus Review

With teenage children and in-laws in tow, the Fleetwood family embark on their 3 month adventure just days after the tragic loss of their beloved dachshund, Coco.

When two miniature dachshunds in smart winter coats are spotted in Moscow, it’s game on! A riotous, often hilarious dachshund spotting competition for the lovable, long-bodied dog ensues across 15 countries.

Filled with love, laughter, and sadness at times, Destination Dachshund offers a unique twist on the travel memoir with remembrance for those who have been loved and lost, at the heart of one family’s extraordinary adventure through Turkey, Russia, the Baltics, Europe and the United States.

Through the wonder of travel, this remarkable travelogue explores the bond of extended family, the abiding love we have for our pets and the grieving for loved ones, both human and hound.

AMAZON BEST SELLING BOOK
…’This is a fabulous read with so much to enjoy – a travel journal with real heart. ‘
…’Lisa has such an engaging way of writing that pulls you in. It’s hard to stop reading.’

Reviews
‘Fleetwood’s resulting chronicle of a multigenerational family trip—86 days, 15 countries, and 60 dachshund spottings—has an invitingly chatty tone that makes one feel like one is traveling with her.’ – Kirkus Review

‘What a wonderfully captivating read! Destination Dachshund is a humorous, yet moving memoir of a three generational family’s journey through Europe and the USA.’ — 5 stars, Melissa, Sydney

‘Destination Dachshund is a truly delightful read with many laugh out loud moments. And it isn’t just a book about travel – even though the extraordinary array of travel experiences captured between the pages is epic. The author unpacks with warmth and humour the intricacies of family relationships, our love of pets, and the joys of travelling with dodgy-kneed grandparents. And then there’s the hilarious dachshund spotting competition. I now find myself scanning walkways and parks for these spunky little dogs.’ — 5 stars, Vanessa, Sydney

‘As a traveler, animal lover, mom, journalist, and voracious reader DESTINATION DACHSHUND really captivated my interest. Lisa’s accounts of her family’s travels, experiences, interactions, and feelings were all relatable. Sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, we as readers were introduced to all the family dynamics and the places traveled with a very descriptive, relatable writing style. Recommend the book to all who travel or who just like to read of travels.’ — 5 stars, Terri from San Diego

Look Inside
My travel memoir is launching soon! Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

My travel memoir is launching soon! Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

I have some news that’s a little bit scary to reveal! For the past few months I’ve been writing a travel memoir and soon, very soon I will be publishing it. 

For people who know me, it won’t surprise them that the book involves two of my favourite things – dachshunds and travel.

Destination Dachshund: Three Months, Three Generations & Sixty Dachshunds

Destination Dachshund offers a unique twist on the travel memoir with an often hilarious dachshund-spotting competition at the heart of one family’s extraordinary journey through Turkey, Russia, the Baltics, Europe and the USA. With seemingly well-behaved in-laws in tow, the Fleetwood family embark on a trip of a lifetime just days after the tragic loss of their beloved dachshund Coco.

When two miniature dachshunds in smart winter coats are spotted in Moscow, it’s game on and a riotous search for the lovable, long-bodied pooch ensues across 15 countries.

This funny and heartfelt memoir will resonate with travel and dog lovers alike. Through the wonder of travel Lisa explores the bond of extended family, the abiding love we have for our pets and how we move on after losing loved ones, both human and hound and embrace the joy of right now.

 

Get your FREE copy of Destination Dachshund when it becomes available. Click HERE


 

Self Publishing

I’ve decided not to go down the traditional path for publication, but the independent path. Yes, I’m self publishing! In many ways the travel memoir is a passion project, something that I’ve wanted to write for a couple of years. It’s a personal story and having trawled through Australian publishers trying to sell my children’s fantasy trilogy I didn’t fancy going down that path for a project that’s so close to my heart. My heart did not want to take the trampling I knew it would receive from traditional publishers.

My book is professionally edited, has a fabulous cover, (I am slightly biased) assisted by the amazing artist Sally Walsh over at Sillier than Sally Designs, and will be launched by me with the help of my wonderful launch team. And the best thing of all – I am in charge of the entire project – and I am loving it!

The self-publishing process has been a wonderful journey and I’ve learned so many things, but the single most important thing I’ve learned is how crucial the book launch is and I’ll be guided through every step of self-publishing my eBook, from the first word upon the page all the way through the publication and beyond by the Self Publishing School.

I’ll be blogging my self-publishing journey over the coming weeks so stay tuned! More to come!

Lisa 🙂

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