About Rayne

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photo: Susan Doupé Photography

Rayne Lacko believes music, language, and art connect us, and she explores those themes in her novels, Radio Head and A Song For The Road, and the workbook Dream Up Now, an interactive exploration of emotions for teens. She now resides on a lush, forested island in the Pacific Northwest, where she serves as secretary on the board of trustees at a performing arts organization. She co-hosts a library youth writing workshop and an annual filled-to-capacity writing camp, and she established Teen Story Slam, a twice-annual spoken word event for teens. Rayne is married with two children (a pianist and a drummer), and she and her family share their home with a noisy cat and their canine best friend.

Rayne Lacko’s debut novel released in February 2016 under the pen name Rebecca Laclair. It was selected as a gift for the 2016 Emmy Award nominees and both the 2017 Grammy and Oscar Award nominees. Rayne has nonfiction bylines in Writers Digest, School Library Journal, ParentMap, and GERM, where she’s contributed ideas to help families and teens stimulate change, help themselves and others, and be a force for good. Her short fiction in Gravel, Mixtape Methodology and Skyline. Her story, “Like Father, Like Son,” won Best of 2015 for its category at Wordhaus literary magazine. Rayne edited an outdoor adventure magazine with an annual circulation of 2.7 million for 12 years.

Rayne grew up in Canada, earning a Liberal Arts degree in Toronto, including a semester in Spain, and a Graphic Design Diploma in Vancouver. She migrated the West Coast to San Diego and Orange County, California, where she attended UCLA’s writer’s program.

Associations

Bainbridge Performing Arts Secretary – Board of Trustees
Pacific Northwest Writers Association Member
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
 Member
Reading Opens Minds chose Radio Head as a book club selection
Bainbridge Public Library Teen Writers Workshop, and Writing Camp Instructor/Mentor
She Writes Member
Pongo Teen Writing Completed Training to Teach Poetry to Youth 
in Juvenile Detention
Kitsap Mental Health Services Certified to provide Mental Health First Aid to Youth

Interviews

Interview 72: Rayne Lacko, YA Author & Creative Writing Instructor Authors of the Pacific Northwest
Q&A with Rayne Lacko, author of A Song For The Road The Nerd Daily
Author Chat with Rayne Lacko (A Song For The Road)  YA Books Central
Book Launch
Interview with WILDSound CEO Matthew Toffolo
Mini Interview with Quotable Books and Top 10 RADIO HEAD Quotes
Visit to Lisette Brodey’s Writers Chateau
Blog Talk Radio interview with author Robert Batista, host of The Funky Writer
Interview with author Lisa Manterfield Why music plays such a big role in my novels
KABC Channel 7 Morning show How technology helps families stay connected.
The Doctors show on CBS Joining Dr. James Sears and Dr. Travis Stork
OC Register newspaper