Lorraine Mace

Writer and Tutor


Writers’ Forum 2015 to date – Fiction Workshop and also head judge report Competition Round-up

Writing Magazine 2007 to date – humour – Notes from the Margin

Displaced Nation 2015 to 2016 – column interviewing expat writers – Location, Locution

The Resident 2014 to 2016 – advice column – Writer’s Corner

Words with Jam 2009 to 2016 – writing agony aunt – Question Corner

Spanish Magazine 2005-2007 – humour – Expat Tales

Living France Magazine 2003-2004 – humour – Dernier Mot



Articles, series, photo features, short stories and fillers for magazines and newspapers in the UK, USA, France, Australia, Spain and the Republic of Ireland



As Lorraine Mace – children’s author – Vlad the Inhaler and Vlad’s Quest

As Frances di Plino – author of the Detective Inspector Paolo Storey crime series – Bad Moon Rising, Someday Never Comes, Call It Pretending and Looking for a Reason

Bad Moon Rising was a finalist in the People’s Book Prize – award ceremony in London in May 2014

Someday Never Comes nominated for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards 2014


Non-fiction Author

Notes from the Margin — compilation of humour column

Tips for Living Abroad (Best in the World Series)

The Writer’s ABC Checklist (co-authored with Maureen Vincent-Northam)

Coping with Menopause – published in New Zealand

Writing for Children – published in New Zealand



Won and placed in numerous poetry competitions, including winning the International Petra Kenney Poetry Competition (humour verse category).


Creative Writing Tutor

Writers Bureau tutor for fiction and non-fiction – 2007 to date

Short Story Critique Service for Writers’ Forum Magazine – 2010 to date

Private Critique Service – 2007 to date

Novel Mentoring Service – 2012 to date


Creative Writing Judge

Writers’ Forum Magazine – head judge for the ongoing monthly short story competitions

Lancashire Magazine – annual short story competition

Yorkshire Magazine – annual short story competition

Writelink Writing Community – short story, poetry and non-fiction competitions


Other Writing-related Activities

Founder of the Flash 500 International Writing Competitions (flash fiction, short story and novel categories)


Co-founder of the Writing Asylum, an online writers’ group