Are you a writer? How can you tell?

I believe that we are all creative and that some of us are aware of that and others aren’t.  Why we would or wouldn’t acknowledge our creativity depends on so many factors.
We do know however if we have a longing to write a book.  It is the first thing we think about when we wake up in the morning and the last thing we think of before we go to bed at night.
If you are called to write a book it is because your creativity is calling you to write in order to make sense of the world around you.  It is, after all, human nature to seek meaning in our lives.
So what needs to change in your  mind, in your beliefs or in your life so that you can answer the call to write?
Walk with me as I talk you through the process of what we do at MJL Publications and how we can help you to answer the call.

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Go Forth and Publish

It was four years ago this week that I published Domestic Detox with my partner in crime at the time Lorna Emblen.

Lorna and Deb with the first copy of Domestic Detox

Happy Birthday Domestic Detox

What a ride that was, and we had so much fun collaborating with all the contributing authors and taking them along for the ride. 

Now I would love to say that it snuck up on us but I had wanted to be a published author since my early teens so it was actually a long journey of discovery for me which probably made it an even sweeter experience.

The reason I bring this up now is not just to say happy birthday Domestic Detox, but because it is an incredibly appropriate time to officially announce that earlier this year I made the decision to transition from counselling into full time publishing.

MJL Publications now has my full attention.

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MJL Publications/My Juicy Life wins MBCC Best Small Business Award 2016

A wonderful thing happened for MJL Publications and My Juicy Life on the weekend. We won the MBCC Best in Small Business Award.


To be nominated by one of our authors, Trish Springsteen, and then to be in the same category with two of our authors Marney Perna and Paula Burgess was so exciting.

Truth is that MJL can’t exist without it’s wonderful authors sharing their beautiful stories and without many others in the background bringing the books to life and getting them noticed. Continue reading MJL Publications/My Juicy Life wins MBCC Best Small Business Award 2016

MJL Publications Nominated for a Small Business Award


I am so excited to tell you that MJL Publications is a finalist in the MBCC Business Awards thanks to one of our gorgeous and talented authors Trish Springsteen.

Trish has nominated MJL for a Small Business Award and I am not only over the moon that she would take the time to nominate us, I am blown away by what she had to say about her experience whilst contributing to our compilation book Parenting A Child On The Spectrum. Continue reading MJL Publications Nominated for a Small Business Award

ADHD Is Up For Discussion This Month

fullsizerenderIt’s ADHD Awareness Month and on the weekend I was honoured to be the Master Of Ceremonies at the official book launch for Beyond The ADHD Label written by Paula Burgess and published by MJL Publications.
If you or someone you know is living with ADHD please check out this upcoming 2 Day conference hosted by Paula Burgess which has been significantly discounted in celebration of the successful launch of her book.

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Video of Today Extra talking to MJL Publications Author Randa Habelrih Goes Viral

Randa Habelrih was given the opportunity to talk about her School MATES program on Channel 9’s Today Extra yesterday (confusing isn’t it) and her message has resonated with so many people that the video has gone viral.

Randa is doing wonderful work for children on the spectrum and her message is clear.  She wants people to take awareness to a new level that practically facilitates INCLUSION for people on the spectrum and she has created a simply program called School MATES that will show people how to do that in schools.

Great work Randa.

Has it been a week already?

Last Saturday MJL Publications hosted the formal launch of Parenting A Child On The Spectrum and what a magnificent event it was, with people coming from far and wide to connect with the authors and their stories.

IMG_8390 (Medium)I opened the event to a full house at Redcliffe Library and told the story of how the book came to be.  Thank God I booked both meeting rooms because there were even a couple of people standing outside.

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Julie Cross sharing her story

Julie Cross, who wrote the foreword for the book, then followed with her own extraordinary story of parenting a child on the Autism spectrum which managed to hold everyone completely captivated, and took them through a range of emotions from pure joy and laughter, to sadness, recognition, bewilderment and then back to joy.  It was quite a journey and gave the audience a taste of what to expect from the book.

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Cindy Corrie from The Sycamore School – Autism Friendly Learning

The recipient of the fundraising efforts on the day was The Sycamore School – Autism Friendly Learning founded by contributing author Cindy Corrie so Cindy gladly gave a presentation outlining details of the first full-time primary school for children on the Autism spectrum in Queensland.  Everyone was so moved by her endeavours.  What a remarkable achievement.

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Randa Habelrih talking about School MATES

Contributing author Randa Habelrih, who also wrote the book Dealing With Autism, has created a volunteer, peer-based buddy system called School MATES  which is currently being piloted in 4 high schools in New South Wales.  Randa’s passion for taking AWARENESS to a whole new level that facilitates INCLUSION was evident in her presentation and everyone present got excited as Randa explained the opportunities that will come as a result of the program.

Every one of the contributing authors have done, and are doing, remarkable things for their families and within their broader communities and we all recognise that we are in very good company.

Each one of the authors was acknowledged and applauded before those that were present came to the front of the room where we captured this precious moment in time with more than half of the contributing authors in the same place at the same time.  Given that contributors are from 4 states this was indeed a rare moment.

From left: Trish Springsteen, Alison Carney, Randa Habelrih, Julie Cross, Annemarie Helder, Deborah Fay, Leah Adam, Paula Burgess, Kayleen Renton, Cindy Corrie, Tina Hooton, Paul Rendl, Rachael Rendle.

Finally, lucky door prizes were drawn and many happy people were pleased to be the recipients of some awesome prizes, but none more than Jazzy who drew a $50 Hoyts voucher courtesy of Paula Burgess and Beyond The Maze

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Jazzy won the lucky door prize.

The connection within the room was tangible as new friendships were made, experiences were validated, and books were bought and signed.  The experience was perfectly summed up by one of our guests who said this:

“I attended this event today and it was amazing to be there! I could relate to everything as a parent of two boys on the spectrum, I laughed, I cried and I laughed some more. Thank you for sharing your stories and journeys with us, I look forward to reading the book and all of your journeys. I felt so much love and support today. Thank you Deborah Fay, Julie Cross, Paula Burgess and all the other authors.”

This is exactly the experience we wanted to create, not just at the book launch but through the book Parenting A Child On The Spectrum.

And…just when you think it can’t get any better, many of us met straight after at South Bank to witness the bridge Light It Up Blue once more for Autism, for The Sycamore School, for Parenting A Child On The Spectrum, and for hope for families.

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The Victoria Bridge from the top level of Rydges Hotels South Bank

A very special and privileged guided tour of the top level of Rydges Hotel in South Bank gave us a very different perspective on the day we’d had, the month that had been, the book that has now officially been released, and the bridge that was blue for all of us who have raised, or are raising a child on the Autism spectrum.

Special thanks goes to my beautiful friends Kim Guthrie and Theresa Smith for their hard work on the day.

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Matthew, Deborah and Stuart Fay

Thanks also to my handsome husband Stuart Fay and my amazingly talented son Matthew.

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Deborah Fay with Media Expert and Coach Deborah Morandin

And last but not least, special thanks to Media Coach Deborah Morandin who has been right behind me every step of the way for the last 6 weeks, ensuring that the book gets the attention it deserves, and that the message we are trying to convey gets out to those who need to hear it.  Anyone who is looking for media for business, a not-for-profit organisation or for a special project would do well to attend Deborah’s upcoming workshop.  Details at Butterfly Media.

Check out the gallery below for more wonderful photos from the day.  Thank you to everyone for allowing us to take your photos and share them.

If you would like a copy of Parenting A Child On Spectrum click on the book cover and follow the link to the book shop:

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Messenger Spreads Our Message Of Hope For Parents Of Children On The Spectrum

It was so exciting to see The Messenger run an article about Parenting A Child On The Spectrum and about the lighting up of the Victoria Bridge this week.

I am so happy with the support we have received from those in the media who want to help raise awareness of the cause and make a difference.

Click on the magasine below and follow the link to read the pdf version of the article.

The Messenger May 5 2016
The Messenger May 5 2016

Messenger May 5 Article

If you would like your own copy of Parenting A Child On The Spectrum click on the book cover below:

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