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Lorraine Cobcroft was born in Australia and, after an eventful life living in four countries, is now semi-retired and lives in beautiful seaside Pottsville, NSW. Married to Peter, with whom she has three children, she has five grandchildren.
Lorraine spent much of her life as a business, technical and instructional writer, but now finds time to venture into the worlds of fiction, creative non-fiction and writing for children.
Lorraine’s heroes are the unsung battlers: those who suffer quietly and with serene acceptance of that which is unacceptable - man's inhumanity to man - yet continue to love, to give, and to hope.She finds herself yielding to a furious yearning to use the pen to ''nudge the world a little'' - to expose and hopefully inspire remedy of social injustice; to applaud unsung heroes; to openly condemn greed, malice, cruelty and evil.
"The Pencil Case" is substantially Lorraine’s story. She has been married to the protagonist for forty years, and shared his struggles, his pains, his joys and his triumphs. She is in awe of his strength and his capacity to love and to forgive. She is in awe of the father who was his hero and his inspiration.
His is a story that had to be told.
Her second novel, ''Mortgaged Goods'', is based partly on personal experience and seeks to expose the challenges faced by mothers of ''special'' children, as well as to unveil a hidden world of political and legal corruption.
Lorraine also authored “Melanie’s Easter Gift”, a picture book for children aged up to 12 years, and has authored a number of short stories, some of which have been featured in Anthologies published by Fairfield Writers Group, of which she has been an active member for several years. (She was recently made an honorary life member of Fairfield Writers, in recognition of her work typesetting and arranging publishing of their short story collections, of which there are now five published.)
Lorraine also ghost writes, and has produced over 40 informational ebook titles under the names of clients. She has mentored, edited and published for several novice writers, critiqued novels in progress, and reviewed for Throw the Book and Readers' Favorite as well as on Amazon, Goodreads, and her own website, www.rainbowriter.com.
With Perry Gamsby, Lorraine co-authored a course titled ''eWriting for Profit'', and she has recently taken on a contract writing technical documentation for Mclowd, producers of cloud-based Self-Managed Superannuation management software.