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I've had 2 short stories published by Australian women's magazines
2 short pieces published by City Weekly (had a name change to 9 to 5). This weekly has folded due to the financial climate.
1 computer book written specifically for the employees of a large Sydney based company
I used to write a monthly newsletter emailed to our pharmacy club members but this finished late last year we sold the business.
I was accepted by an American agent in late 2005 but she closed her agency due to ill health before she was able to place my story.
I have completed 3 novel length mystery/thriller stories. The Deadly Caress is now published on kindle.
Another 2 novel length stories are on half. One is a chick lit and the other a mystery. I thought mystery was my thing but I'm enjoying writing fantasy. I'm on the second draft of my fantasy story which has now become a trilogy.
I live in Sydney Australia. No pets and no children at home but plenty of distractions which I constantly try to avoid.
I can't imagine not writing as I think about it all the time.
My wish is to keep writing until my last breath.
You can reach me at olga33999@yahoo.com.au or find me at facebook:
I have a mystery & thriller writers group on my facebook page. Join me there.
No need to ask about swaping reads. If you comment on my story I will certainly do the same for you.

favourite books

Lovely Bones
Hidden Warrior by Lynn Flewelling
Small Island by Andrea Levy
The Fist of God by Fredrick Forsyth
O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
The Remoseful Day by Colin Dexter
The Eco by Minette Walters
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
and many more too numerous to list

Also I have a small recommended reads list below:
Dudes Down Under by Suzannah Burke
Faust's Butterfly by William Holt
Saffire Drake and the Three Keys by Sana Raeburn
A Fine Line A Balance to Survive by Lisa WB
The Last Dream by Helen Miller
Breath of Africa by Jane Bwye

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my books

The Deadly Caress

O. Stefan

Amanda Blake sets out to find her mother’s murderer. She gets more than she bargained for and becomes a target herself.

Amanda Blake, a Sydney based freelance photographer, discovers she has been adopted and seeks out her natural mother Jean Campbell in California. When it becomes evident that her mother has been murdered, Amanda sets out to discover her mother’s killer. Her quest takes her back to Sydney to see the man who she thinks holds the answer to the killer’s identity. While visiting this man, she has to run for her life as a hail of gunshots pockmark the walls and shatter the windows. Someone will stop at nothing until she is dead. If she thought things were bad enough, they are about to get much worse...
The Deadly Caress is complete at 85,000 words
My brush with fame...Fay Weldon looked at my story a while ago and left me a ton of comments, most of which were positive. Also, Alan Gold read this story as well and gave me some great tips.

My cover photo is taken from an online painting by pavel guzenko.
My book is out on kindle now. USA: http://tinyurl.com/mqulyjl UK: http://tinyurl.com/lsuwy9j



Lurking in the Shadows

Olga Segal

Stephani is being stalked while mourning the death of her family

While mourning the death of her husband and son, Senior Tissue Engineer, Stephani Robbins, is plagued by reoccurring visions of a child being locked up in a chicken coop. Meanwhile, photos that were taken without Stephani's knowledge start to show up in the mail. As more photos appear, Stephanie becomes worried and is eventually kidnapped. While imprisoned she discovers why she has been having these visions and it is more chilling than she ever imagined. Can she make it out alive?

Story completed. 80,000 words
Lurking in the Shadows was nominated for an award in Oct/Nov 2009. I came runner up and I'm very grateful for that.

I'm happy to do swap reads.
I will get to anyone who has commented on my story. I always return reads.
Thanks to Bradley Wind for the cover art.


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Lindsay Cross wrote 6 days ago

Hi Just wanted to introduce myself and see if you would like to do a....

Chris 1 wrote 6 days ago

Gee, thanks, Olga, your support sorely needed.

Kenneth Edward Lim wrote 8 days ago

Olga, I have a kindle now so if you give me the amazon site for your....

Groaner wrote 9 days ago

Done! www.theplaceforebooks.com :)

Max China wrote 10 days ago

Hi Olga, thank you so much for the backing. It is much appreciated. I....

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I wrote 6 days ago

Hi I've read the first 6 chapters and only meant to read 3. This story builds well and has a riveting start. I only have a very basic knowledge of American history but it is obvious that you have done a lot of research into this time period. Characters are well drawn and realistic. My only quer... view book

I wrote 31 days ago

The prologue grabs you by your shirt and doesn't let go. You are compelled to read on with rich and intriguing characters, great scenery and a well though out plot. Backed. Olga view book

I wrote 39 days ago

What an amazing premise for a story. Very original. Only small errors that could easily be fixed. Great well rounded characters. Backed. Olga view book

I wrote 87 days ago

Hi This is draws the reader in from the first line. It's a gripping story about true hardship. I feel that chapter 2 - the bits about what is said by the priest - could be dealt with by telling us the first sentence or two and then ... Also, chapter 4 would fit better at the end as a reference. ... view book

I wrote 130 days ago

Hi I've read the first chapter so far. I might add the comments for other chapters as I read them. You have drawn the MC and the other characters well. The dialogue including the "police speak" on the whole is realistic except in a few instances. Nits: POV problem which jars= She pulled up sho... view book

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