Hello. I'm Lora - a writer currently working on my debut novel.
I began my career in the TV industry in London, after studying English Literature at Durham University. I read scripts for ITV’s Drama Department under Andy Harries (The Crown, The Royle Family), and wrote factual programme content and comedy material for the BBC, Channel 4, and others.
I'm endlessly fascinated by storytelling technique and how we use words - what Stephen Fry once called “the crunch, pleasure and surprise” of the English language. The subjects I most love to explore in my writing are: memory, perception and the criminal mind. I'm always drawn to dark themes, and like my humour black... the opposite to my coffee.
I adore history, am addicted to ghost stories and passionate about wildlife conservation. Outside of writing, I love tramping about the countryside and attempting to play the music of Erik Satie on the piano. Kate Atkinson, Beryl Bainbridge and Maggie O'Farrell are amongst my favourite writers.
Four years ago I moved from London to the wilds of North Wales, and now live in a very cold and somewhat rambling (but sadly unhaunted) 18th century farmhouse on the beautiful Welsh borders.
I'm currently having a social media sabbatical.
I can usually be found on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as @onceuponthepast.
If you'd like to contact me about any aspect of my work, please get in touch using the contact form below.