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.
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Iron Rice Bowl
by Tom Kwok
The name Loo Shang means ''the way to get riches''. For this child of a dispossessed Chinese family, there were no riches. His life was hard. An immigrant, alone, at age 14, his life was harder. Enriched with extensive exposition of Chinese history, customs and beliefs, Iron Rice Bowl is Loo Shang's inspiring story of struggle, challenges, and eventual success as the Australian, Tom Kwok.
Angela and Her Boys
by Helga Parl
As wife of the eminent Professor Zealander and mother of his special twins, Angela thought she had it all. But his death presented surprising challenges for the young IVF scientist... and a chance meeting delivered an opportunity for an exciting new beginning.
Corporate lawyer, Natalie Dreyer, fought hard to prove herself a woman of worth. Married to the rich and charming Karl Albrecht, she believed her future was assured. But when life goes wrong, their past comes back to haunt them both, and the evil in their world threatens to destroy all that matters to them. Is redemption possible for Karl? Can Natalie love enough to save herself and her child?
The Pencil Case
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
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
Angel No More
on April 04, 2013
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.