Lorraine Cobcroft


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 is currently awaiting the birth of her fifth grandchild.
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.
In the autumn of her life, she has become courageous and outspoken, embracing controversy. She admires the courage and personal strength of those who stand fearlessly for their beliefs. She welcomes a challenge and refuses to withdraw from truth. She is enraged at the hypocrisy and unconscionable dishonesty of bureaucrats, politicians and racist activists who perpetrate social injustice and fuel the fires of anger and resentment.
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.
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.
Lorraine also ghost writes, and has produced over 40 informational ebook titles under the names of clients. She also co-authored a course titled ''eWriting for Profit'' and runs a niche-market publishing and web hosting business.

Smashwords Interview

Why do you write?
I write to ''nudge the world a little''. I believe the pen is the most powerful weapon in the world, and the most powerful tool for spreading love and happiness. Well used, it can drive social reform and personal change that can make the world a better place for all.
I write because something within me compels me to write. It is something I must do.
What do your readers mean to you?
My readers are my best friends, my harshest critics, my inspiration, my strength, and my persistence. Without readers, my writing has no purpose. When a reader walks a mile in the shoes of my character and laughs and cries with him or her, and feels his/her pain, I have achieved my goal and I can feel confident to write more.
Readers who find fault inspire me to work harder at my craft. They challenge me to research and rethink... to reach out for knowledge and understanding; to free myself of prejudices and presumptions; to be tolerant and respectful and to ''walk a mile'' in their shoes and understand their journey and what makes them think as they do.
Readers help me understand how others think and feel, so that I can better understand the world we live in and with greater understanding, I can be a better writer.
I love my readers, whether or not they love me and whether or not they love what I write. But I especially love readers who relate to what I write and respond positively. And I love best of all those who take the time to write an honest and thoughtful review.
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Where to find Lorraine Cobcroft online

Where to buy in print


The Pencil Case
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 123,950. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
A hit on the head with a pencil case began Paul Wilson's lifelong battle against the system and the pencil-pushers who tormented him. Neither wrongful incarceration nor childhood abuse and deprivation could break Paul Wilson’s indomitable spirit, but survival meant an endless battle against the system that stole him from his family and denied him his freedom and his identity.

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Smashwords book reviews by Lorraine Cobcroft

  • Angel No More on April 04, 2013
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    After reading M.A. McRae's incredible 'Not a Man' and 'The King's Favourite', this book was something of a surprise - a quite different story and style, though still with references to evil characters and plenty of intrigue. It was a much lighter read, and although I would have to say I prefer the depth and style of the Shuki series, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this - so much so that immediately I finished it I went on to read ''You Gotta Have Manners'', another Penwinnard story. Marj brings her characters and settings to life superbly. I think the test of a good writer is how strongly a story affects the reader emotionally, and whether the characters continue to live in the reader's memory after the story is done. This book is certainly the work of a good writer. Highly recommended, as are all M.A.McRae's books.
  • You Gotta Have Manners on April 04, 2013

    As the wife of a ''welfare kid'' and author of ''The Pencil Case'', I struggled emotionally with this story, which was ''a little too close to home''. But I can attest to the accuracy of the portrayal of children in this situation - their character, behaviour, thoughts and emotions. Penwinnard was a very different place to the homes described in ''The Pencil Case'', hopefully accurately reflecting substantial improvements in society's attitude to and care of underprivileged children. M.A. McRae has again crafted a great story, filled with characters she brings to life and compels us to feel for... laugh with, and even to cry for...characters who live on after the story is done and who, no doubt, will appear in yet another great sequel. I look forward to news of the next in the Penwinnard series.
  • The King's Favourite on April 04, 2013

    M.A. McRae set herself a challenge when she set out to write this continuation of Shuki's story. ''Not a Man'' was a hard act to follow, but she succeeded superbly. ''The King's Favourite'' certainly didn't disappoint. The author took me to the middle-east, into a culture so foreign and astonishing, and introduced me to people so different from anyone I have ever known, but yet so real. The characters evoked hatred, anger, respect, love, sympathy... they made me laugh and cry. They emerged from the pages living and breathing to show me the world they lived in and help me understand their culture, their religious beliefs, and the emotions and desires that drove them. This is yet another powerful story that will resonate with readers long after they are done reading. Yet another M.A. McRae masterpiece!
  • To Love and To Protect on April 26, 2013

    I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as the earlier two in the Shuki trilogy, and certainly I believe readers should read ''Not a Man'' and ''The King's Favourite" first. I found it difficult to keep track of the large number of characters, and the story was rather slow in parts. But the author's presentation of a very different culture and lifestyle fascinated me and kept me reading. M.A. McRae is an extraordinarily talented author.