Lorraine Norwood is a native of Western North Carolina, home to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and some of the most gorgeous views in the world. She's proof that you can take the girl out of the mountains but you can't take the mountains out of the girl.
Lorraine graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in English with honors in creative writing and then pursued a career as a professional journalist for over 20 years, working in print and television journalism. Her lifelong interest in archaeology led her to change careers and earn a second degree in anthropology at Western Carolina University followed by a master’s degree in medieval archaeology from the University of York in the UK. She returns to York as often as she can to participate in excavations with the York Archaeological Trust and to stay in York, her favorite city.
While writing professionally as a green television and print reporter fresh out of college she participated in fiction classes and writers’ groups where she learned the art of short story and novel writing. She attended Wildacres Writer’s Workshop and also won the Western North Carolina Emerging Artist Award. Her short stories and essays have been published in Minerva Rising, New Southerner, Talking Writing, and Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors.
She is writing a historical fiction trilogy, THE MARGARET CHRONICLES, composed of three novels, The Solitary Sparrow , A Pelican in the Wilderness, and An Owl in the Desert. The novels are told in dual timelines, in 14th century England, France, and Germany and in the twentieth century.
Lorraine is at her happiest when she's writing and the magic moment occurs -- the words sing and the hairs go up on the back of her neck. Above all, she is pleased that at long last, after two marriages, two children, nineteen jobs, three college degrees, and twenty-five moves (one of which was abroad), she has a room of her own in which to write.