HOME was a council house on McGregor Road where Lorraine shared a room with her younger sister. At night, they whispered stories to each other in the dark and pretended to be dead. During the summer holidays, cries of free the den, free the den, one, two, three, echoed through the streets as hordes of kids gathered to play Kick the Can. The house still stands, but the primary school Lorraine attended is now a car park and her former high school has been knocked down.
THE first adult book Lorraine read was Peter Benchley's Jaws. From that moment on The Famous Five were binned and she quickly moved on to James Herbert and Stephen King. Always a voracious reader, she read anything she could get her hands on from classics such as Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and Dracula, to Peyton Place, the Pan Books of Horror and blockbusters like Rich Man, Poor Man. It was during this time that she first read the book that remains her favourite to this day: John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids.
BUILT in the bowels of the Carbuncle-awarded Town Centre, the County Cinema was one of Lorraine's regular haunts. She was attending high school by the time it opened and she went almost every week regardless of what was showing. By the time she was fifteen, the application of green eye shadow was usually enough to gain access to what used to be X-certs, now 18s. It was in the County that she saw classics such as The Incredible Melting Man, Star Wars, and one of her all-time favourites, George Romero's Dawn of the Dead.
Described by Ness Book Fest as having a touch of the chameleon about her, Lorraine has written in several genres including noir and dystopian fiction. Inspired by stories unearthed by local historians, she has switched genre again with her current work-in-progress, a fictionalised history of Isle Martin.
Niko niko means smile in Japanese and is a style of running developed by Dr. Hiro Tanaka. It means running at an easy pace for the sheer joy of it. Lorraine was introduced to niko niko in 2018 and it has transformed her life. She can now be found running over hills, through forests and barefoot on beaches.
When she was younger, if Lorraine started reading a book she would always finish it. Nowadays, if it doesn't grab her within the first few pages, she's liable to hurl it across the room. Books she's recently read right to the end include Chuck Palahniuk's Adjustment Day and Dark Tales by Shirley Jackson.
In August 2019, Lorraine will be one of a crew of five attempting
to row the Minch from Stornoway to Ullapool in a 22 ft. St Ayles
skiff. The row, approximately 50 miles across open sea, is expected
to take around 15 hours. This is a personal challenge for the crew,
the purpose of which is to raise funds for the MS Society.