Agent: Hannah Sheppard
Lorraine Birnita grew up in the beautiful savanna of Zimbabwe among a rich storytelling tradition. During the school holidays, she would sit around the fire whilst the elders told stories of fantastical creatures, mythical beings and faraway worlds. The storytelling invoked the most powerful emotions that she tries to emulate in her writing. It ranged from normal speech to susurrus whispers, to singing and chanting.
These folktales had been passed down from generation to generation, and as is the case with most oral lore, the tales were so exaggerated they oozed finesse at each retelling. Lorraine would listen avidly and imagine wandering through these amazing worlds, unveiling all the mythical mysteries, and discovering gleaming gems in the mud. They were mere appetizers for her imagination. True gratification came from putting her own spin on the tales.
Lorraine is an avid reader and loves writing across all genres of Young Adult fiction. She's also a fan of genre-mashing and adores a good sprinkle of romance in her tales.
After immigrating to the UK in 2000, Lorraine settled in the charming city of Norwich, which is England's first UNESCO City of Literature. It's in this city that she lives with her husband and two children. When she isn't writing, she's listening to music, dancing or spending time with her family and friends.