Loretta was born in Perth, Western Australia, the eldest of four girls. She enjoyed writing from a very early age, spinning stories almost as soon as she could read them.
She was first published in the West Australian Newspaper with a short story about a circus horse when she was eleven years old. They paid her ten dollars for it and she knew she'd found her calling.
Her father, who never wasted his time on fiction, didn't see much worth in this pass time and pushed her to pursue a "sensible" career similar to his own calling. Fortunately, she had inherited some of his talent for numbers and decided to give it a go. She graduated from the University of Western Australia with a degree in Civil Engineering and another in Commerce. Before her final year of study she was awarded a scholarship and a job upon graduation by a major West Australian Engineering Company. She took both.
After Loretta left university and began her career in engineering, she travelled to remote locations in Australia to work. Much of the inspiration for her FIFO series is drawn from these experiences. She has a great love for Australia and it's culture. The whole time she was working as an engineer, however, she continued to write. Her first novel, "Kiss and Tell" (a short romantic comedy) was first published in late 2009 by Amazon Books and released in the USA.
Her first mainstream commercial women's fiction novel, The Girl in Steel Capped Boots was published by Random House Australia in January 2012 and released in Australia and New Zealand. It was a national bestseller along with it's sequels, The Girl in the Hard Hat and The Girl in the Yellow Vest (which was No. 1 on iTunes upon release.)
In 2014, Loretta started a new series set in the Margaret Wine Region, a pocket of Western Australia close to her heart. Her novel, The Maxwell Sisters met with national success, as did The Grass is Greener which came out early 2016.
Loretta lives in Perth, Western Australia with her four children. In her almost non-existent spare time, Loretta enjoys reading, good food, great wine and travel.
Preferably all four at once.
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