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Member of the Society of Authors


Frances di Plino is the pseudonym of columnist, editor, non-fiction author and writing tutor Lorraine Mace. Lorraine is also an author of children’s novels. Writing as Frances di Plino gives her the opportunity to allow the darker side of her personality to have some fun.


As Lorraine Mace, she is a gentler creature, being humour columnist for Writing Magazine and a deputy editor of Words with JAM. She writes fiction for the women’s magazine market, features and photo-features for monthly glossy magazines and is a writing competition judge for Writers’ Forum.


Winner of a Petra Kenney International Poetry Award, she has won and been placed in numerous creative writing and poetry competitions. From the other side of the writing fence, she runs the international flash fiction and humour verse competitions at Flash 500.


She is a former fiction and non-fiction tutor for the Writers Bureau, and is the author of the Writers Bureau course, Marketing Your Book. She is also co-author, with Maureen Vincent-Northam, of The Writer’s ABC Checklist (Accent Press).


Lorraine runs a private critique service for writers: Critique Service