Born in Dunedin, Lorna Croft moved to Nelson in 2009 after she returned to New Zealand from South Korea, where she taught English to students and adults. While overseas, she completed a Diploma in Writing Stories for Children and commenced a Diploma in Book Editing, Proofreading and Publishing, which she completed while living in Nelson.
As well as teaching, tutoring and training roles, Lorna’s employment history includes administration, retail and secretarial positions, working in New Zealand, England and Australia for companies as diverse as a yacht club and a funeral home.
Lorna has always been a writer, whether it be transferring her thoughts and feelings to paper for later perusal or sifting her imagination for an interesting story. A number of her narratives, penned for children or adults, presently lurk in a concertina file stored high on a shelf awaiting her final approval for publishing. She has been published: many years ago, Otago Girls’ High School printed a story of hers in the school magazine; Yeonsu Girls’ High School published a set of lesson plans she’d devised as two books – a teacher’s guide and a student workbook; and two of her stories can be found in the recently released publication Ripples: An Anthology by Nelson Romance Writers.
Lorna has edited and proofread technical and business documents, a newsletter, and website content for local community organisations. In addition, she currently edits an e-zine for Romance Writers of New Zealand (RWNZ). A member of the Nelson branch of RWNZ, Lorna has spent many hours critiquing her fellow writers’ works.