Loretta & Ned, image courtesy the author.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Loretta McCarthy has penned a number of books, both adult and children's
fiction. Born in Melbourne, and trained as a teacher, Loretta found herself in classrooms in Victoria, Queensland and finally Tasmania, where she now lives.
Often life-changing events,
although tragic in themselves, can also bring great personal rewards during the healing process. This has been so for Loretta, who as part of the recovery from a dreadful road traffic accident took to writing as a means of self expression. From the chaos of
those times came her first novel, The Bride Price, (2004) where, although fiction, the author could take the opportunity to explore aspects of her own Jewish heritage from the maternal side of her family, going back through to her grandfather, Jack
Davis and beyond.
The second novel, The Signet Ring, was released in 2007, and now Reluctant Deliverer, Moshe the Untold Story, has finally been released (2013).
In a life other than that of an author, Loretta shares her home with her family - including two companiable labradoodles, Ned and Sharni, who were inspirational in the creation of No Sneezes
for Lily, a charming story of a young girl who desperately would love to have a pet, but she has a severe problem. Ned and Sharni are a couple of characters in themselves, Ned is reserved, while Sharnie is exuberant and has no idea she isn't human.