Lorraine Ray


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 treading the Sussex countryside and avoiding sheep droppings. Besides writing, one of her favorite jobs was a two-year stint as a crazy lunch lady.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I just published my longest novel, A PHANTOM HERD. It has a second part, but I am avoiding the tough slog it will take to finish that and instead I'm taking up another smaller novel, which I hope to finish by mid summer. To pique your interest, it has a happy ending and has a writer of vampire novels as the protagonist.
Describe your desk
My desk is a low coffee table topped with tiles purchased by my father in Guaymas, Mexico in the late 1940s. The tiles show a mission, a lake, and five towering trees. If you've read "On the Rio Mayo," my father and grandfather purchased the tiles on that fishing trip. The story is based on their real adventure during that trip, but the table doesn't figure into it. And yes, an Indian actually came into their camp with a deer on his shoulders. You can see a picture of the table on my Tumblr blog.
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Where to find Lorraine Ray online


A Phantom Herd
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 100,040. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Category: Fiction
A young writer corrals stray stories and stampeding images until a rustling folklorist wrests control of the Phantom Herd.
Trombones Can Laugh
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 52,620. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013. Category: Fiction
Circuses and parades go wildly awry when seventeen-year-old trombonist James Sauerbaugh joins a drunken Shriner band.
Genuine Aboriginal Democracy
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 50,330. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2012. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
An anthology of 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.
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 19,600. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012. Category: Fiction
In Los Angeles of the future, a young woman falls under the spell of the madly melancholic Ieyasu Satou, a wealthy recluse.
Last Days in the Desert
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 26,870. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2012. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Three drunken coeds share an eventful last day in the southwest.
Metamorphosis of Me
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 4,670. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2012. Category: Fiction
A reclusive man may be flubbing his reentry into society.
Juan and Willy
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 28,870. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2012. Category: Fiction
Two hapless young men dream large, but think small, during a disastrous pursuit of gold.
The Peerless Orator
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 2,280. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2012. Category: Fiction
A young girl adores a touring orator, but a closer look changes her mind.
Bewitching Earth
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 7,240. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2012. Category: Fiction
Love for the world, and its many beautiful niches, heals a young girl's heartache after a short affair with an older man.
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 2,440. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Category: Fiction
On Christmas Eve a pregnant woman recalls being rescued by a vagrant when she was a child.
Squaw Dresses
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 2,920. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2011. Category: Fiction
A society maven with a small dress factory uses intimidation to sell her leftover squaw dresses.
The Good Librarian
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 4,490. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2011. Category: Fiction
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
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 5,970. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2011. Category: Fiction
A young girl who endures a badgering at a consciousness raising foolishly marries a scolding, caustic husband.
I Want My Own Brain
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 22,380. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2011. Category: Fiction
An uninhibited eight-year-old helps her aunt recover from a nervous breakdown.
Circuitous Lemon Economy
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 2,340. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2011. Category: Fiction
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
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 6,980. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2011. Category: Fiction
Two teenage boys participate in a ridiculous Snake Dance enactment at a mansion in 1960s Arizona.
On the Rio Mayo
By Lorraine Ray
Price: Free! Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: October 19, 2011. Category: Fiction
A father and son establish a closer relationship while fishing on the Sea of Cortez in 1946.

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