Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Meet MG/YA Author Lorraine Carey

Carpinello's Writing Pages welcomes MG/YA author Lorraine Carey and her latest book Jonathan's Locket.

First, a bit about Lorraine:

Lorraine Carey is a  veteran Children’s Reading Specialist, Teacher, and Author. She has lived and taught in Ohio, Arizona, New Mexico, California, and Grand Cayman. She had a short memoir published in 2010 called Losing Ground. She has also written three novels for tweens to young adults which feature a male hero. All of them are fantasy and revolve around true historical events. She currently resides on Grand Cayman Island with her husband and dog, Matty. Her passion is reading, writing book reviews and writing Fantasy novels for tweens to young adults.

Why did you pick to write books for MG/YA?

I chose to write Middle Grade/Young adult due to the many years in working with children from all ages as a reading specialist. I read so many novels and some were of great interest to them while others would turn them off after the first chapter. They would always be asking me if we could change our pic for that week. They loved ghost stories and books about children or teens in trouble. I always said when I retire I would write books that would hopefully inspire them, especially boys.

What types of books do you like to read?

I actually love to read YA Paranormal, Fantasy and love Paranormal Romance.

When you are not writing, what do you like to do?

When I am not writing you can find me reading, beaching or boating with my hubby around this beautiful island on our boat, The Angelica.

Tell us about Jonathan's Locket and how the story came to be.

Jonathan’s Locket
is a Paranormal Tale which stems from a real historical event that happened here on the island back in the 1700s. It was The Wreck of the Ten Sails off the east end of Grand Cayman. When I went to visit the monument here on the island that is in the area where the wreck occurred, I walked away thinking that there was surely a story there. I also felt a sadness in my heart.

Here's a peek at Jonathan's Locket:

Orphan Jonathan Palmer is a fifteen year old stowaway aboard the doomed ship The Convert which was part of the fleet that crashed into the reef on Grand Cayman in 1794. This famous shipwreck was known as the Wreck of the Ten Sails. Jonathan was not lucky enough to survive the wreck along with eight other seamen. Problem was, no one ever knew he was even on board.

Two centuries later strange sightings have been reported of ghost ships, screams, and eerie lights off the east end of Grand Cayman. Brandon Wallace, a troubled teen, seems to acquire a strange affliction and begins to have bizarre encounters from the sea where he befriends a mystical sea turtle who holds the secrets to the mysterious sightings as he plunges into the world of the paranormal. Here he is compelled to embark on a dangerous journey, risking his life to uncover the dark secret of Jonathan’s death. This task proves to be even more dangerous when one of Brandon’s closest friends has other plans for him.

Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.

My first novel was a short memoir in 2010 called Losing Ground which chronicled some of the odd experiences I had encountered leading up to a family tragedy and how I coped with it. I also have Mysteries of the Red Coyote Inn and it’s sequel, Out of the Ashes, which is a Paranormal Western set out in the mysterious Superstition Mountains of Arizona. This also is a spin on the real Lost Dutchman Gold Mine and an Apache Massacre during the 1800s.

What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?

I have completed a new novel called The Last Vestal Virgin, which features a young Italian American teen who learns a dark secret about herself on a visit to Rome. She must deal with an ancient Roman Goddess, an obsessed lover, and a mysterious chaperone who will lead her into a realm she never knew existed.

What advice do you have for other authors?

I still regard myself as a Newbie Author, but if I had to give advice to others it would be to form a great support group with other authors who are genuine and can guide you along the way. I have been extremely lucky in that sense.

Where can readers find you and your books?
Readers can visit my website for additional information on me.

All of my books are available on Amazon in Kindle and print.


  1. I love the cover for this book and the title makes me want to read more :)

    1. Thanks so much for the lovely comment, Catherine. It was designed by my daughter.

  2. Living on Grand Cayman Island reading and writing books?! Oh, can I be you, please!? Thanks for introducing us to another author Cheryl!

    1. Thanks Renee,
      This island gives me an internal peace which is perfect for my writing.

  3. Jonathan's Locket sounds like a fascinating read. I am a big fan of MG books and this one sounds like one I will love. What a great interview. Wishing Lorraine the best of luck. :)

    1. Thanks Jess for stopping by. I love MG reads too. I taught them for many years. Good to read a clean story. So glad you dropped by. TY