Lorraine Ray

Biography

Lorraine Ray writes novels and short stories. Born into an old Tucson family, she has carried forward their interest in writing. Her great grandfather was a civilian packer with Gen. George Crook's army and late in life became a familiar pest at the Arizona Historical Society where his autobiographies MY LIFE IN THE WEST and REMINISCENCES AS TOLD TO MRS. KITT are now kept far away from the public. The author of TROMBONES CAN LAUGH and A PHANTOM HERD married an Englishman and has spent many summer vacations with her husband and daughter tramping across the South Downs and avoiding sheep droppings. Besides writing, one of her favorite jobs was a two-year stint as a crazy lunch lady.

Smashwords Interview

What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot. They're the reason I keep going. I'd like to ask for help from anyone who can spare a little of their time. Could you leave a short review of my work on any site? I write whimsical comedy mostly, because my mind seems to drift in that direction, and I used to wonder if anyone would laugh at the antics of the undergrads in LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT, for example. Finally I got a review saying they thought it was quite funny. The idea that someone had their day lightened by my writing really encouraged me. I have only a handful of reviews though, so if you have the time, I need your help.
What are you working on next?
I just published my longest novel, A PHANTOM HERD. My heart is really in that book, and I'm hoping a few people will want a gentle nostalgic story about the 1960s. It has a second part, which I'm working on now. The word count for the second part is 43,000 and I'd like it to be in the 65,000-100,000 word range ultimately. I'm letting another novel sit around for a time until I want to edit it. It needed to stew a bit.
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Books

A Phantom Herd
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Price: Free! Words: 100,040. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Nostalgic for a lost America? Was Chester from Gunsmoke your first crush? Visit the desert Southwest circa 1960 as refugees from Indiana and Ohio cope with cacti and tamales, and a family of kids lie and bluster their way through a frightening adult world. A gentle novel full of wonder and beauty. This is the first novel in a two-part series.
Trombones Can Laugh
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Price: Free! Words: 52,610. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Teen loner James Sauerbaugh wants nothing more than a chance to get his act together, when the Forces That Be land him in a Shriner band as a substitute. James discovers this band of decrepit drunks play circus screamers flawlessly. An ancient trombonist helps him develop an appreciation of the old coots and their Shriner mission. A touching, fun book that links generations.
Genuine Aboriginal Democracy
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Price: Free! Words: 50,330. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
(5.00)
An anthology of wonderfully quirky short stories including: Uncertain Trysts, His Faithful Companion, Big Paper Skeleton, Fantasy Artifact, Genuine Aboriginal Democracy, Mother's Woman-Marine Bra, Work Out Your Own Salvation, Consciousness Raising, Metamorphosis of Me, Snake Dance Disaster, and On the Rio Mayo.
Reverie
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Price: Free! Words: 19,600. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Is Ieyasu Satou a Cheshire cat, a Will-O-the-Wisp, or an evil lure to doom? In Los Angeles of the future, a young woman falls under the spell of the handsome, but madly melancholic, recluse who relishes suicidal thoughts. Her Reverie audition for him doesn't end up well for her.
Last Days in the Desert
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Price: Free! Words: 26,980. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00)
Stacie, Tiffany and Yadira hope to shut down their rental house and get back their security deposit before leaving town, but first they have to fix the gaping hole in the adobe wall and rid themselves of unwanted graduation "presents," both the result of an uproarious final party. This comic co-ed romp will keep you chuckling while your bosses amuse you in their own endearing fashion.
Metamorphosis of Me
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Price: Free! Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A reclusive man may be flubbing his reentry into society.
Juan and Willy
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Price: Free! Words: 28,870. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Who hasn't imagined finding a fortune in gold? Juan and Willy dream big like everyone, however their thinking is somewhat inadequate. After struggling to find a truck and babysit an 8-year-old who lives in the house with the gold map, this ridiculous pair blunder into danger at a toxic tailings pond. At least they have each other--as punching bags. A buddy comedy with a duo of dummies.
The Peerless Orator
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Price: Free! Words: 2,270. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
A young girl adores a touring orator, but a closer look changes her mind. A comical take on the similarity between young love and horror.
Bewitching Earth
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Price: Free! Words: 7,240. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Love for the world, and its many beautiful niches, heals a young girl's heartache after a short affair with an older man.
Maelstrom
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Price: Free! Words: 2,440. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
On Christmas Eve a pregnant woman recalls being rescued by a vagrant when she was a child.
Squaw Dresses
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Price: Free! Words: 2,910. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A society maven with a small dress factory uses intimidation to sell her leftover squaw dresses.
The Good Librarian
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Price: Free! Words: 4,490. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
An Air Force lieutenant gives his copy of a Walt Whitman book to his sister-in-law for safekeeping during the McCarthy Era, but she refuses to return it.
Consciousness Raising
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Price: Free! Words: 5,970. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A young girl who endures a badgering at a consciousness raising foolishly marries a scolding, caustic husband.
I Want My Own Brain
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Price: Free! Words: 22,380. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
When you’ve cracked up like Aunt Helen, what you need is a weekend with an irrepressible child like Stephanie Falls. She’ll remind you of what it means to be truly alive. Stephanie makes a monkey of everyone, including her doting grandparents, but her joy for life unburdens the troubled mind of her aunt. A heart-warming, original tribute to the importance of finding the child inside us all.
Circuitous Lemon Economy
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Price: Free! Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A high school Algebra teacher who owns a small business strives for success in Mexico, but he gets fooled by a boy selling lemons as he crosses the border from Sonora to Arizona.
Snake Dance Disaster
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Price: Free! Words: 6,950. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Two teenage boys participate in a ridiculous Snake Dance enactment at a mansion in 1960s Arizona.
On the Rio Mayo
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Price: Free! Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A father and son establish a closer relationship while fishing on the Sea of Cortez in 1946.

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