I feel like I've lived numerous lives...and you can explore my incarnations through my works.
I was born in California's Central Valley, where I spent my formative years before moving to San Francisco to attend college. I also attended college in Sacramento, earning a B.A. degree in psychology. When I moved to the Central Valley again, to the Fresno area, I began a career in social work, specializing in child welfare cases. During that time, I also received an M.A. degree in counseling.
After more than thirty years in social work, I began writing in earnest, completing five manuscripts within three years of retirement. Of course, I had to polish and refine, and then finally began bringing them out, one by one. They are: "An Accidental Life," "Embrace the Whirlwind," "Chasing Stardust," "Miles to Go," and "Web of Tyranny." Since then, I have completed a sixth novel, "Interior Designs," which is a sequel to "Embrace the Whirlwind."
My major influences included my childhood and family experiences, as well as my later time spent providing child welfare services. I'd always wanted to write and had a scribble pad handy for my stories from the time I could write words. Even when I was professionally occupied as a social worker, I would write in a journal and even made attempts to write a novel. I began "Miles to Go" that way in the eighties, even though it was as yet untitled, and despite the fact that other completed manuscripts came out first. Obtaining a computer in the year 2000 helped jumpstart my new career. That technology made all the difference! I sent manuscripts, partial and/or completed, to various publishers, and even had a contract with a small publisher in St. Louis, MO, but after more than four years of waiting, I took my work to Booksurge, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, and then proceeded to bring out additional novels with them.
In the sixties and seventies, I was married twice and had four children. I am now single and living the dream life of a writer, enjoying my independence, my creativity, and, incidentally, my seven grandchildren.
Turlock, CA USA
While providing social work services, I earned several achievement awards, including "Social Worker of the Year" for the Year 2000, in Fresno County.
My short stories that I have completed, but not yet published, appear occasionally in my blogs. In May 2008, I attended Book Expo America in LA, where I signed copies of "Chasing Stardust."
Over the past couple of years, I've attended book signing events as part of the Big Valley Authors' Group. The latest event took place in October 2010 in Hanford, CA.
Laurel-Rain Snow's Creations/Lorraine Frost Sandone (real name)
P.O. Box 26825
Fresno CA 93729
Laurel-Rain Snow's Creations
An author with roots in California's Central Valley, I spent more than thirty years as a social worker, before beginning to publish my novels and short stories. On this site, you will find descriptions of each book and one short story, links to connect to the Amazon pages, and links to several blogs.