Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."​​​​​​​

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor® during which she received a kiss from Caesar Romero, (the Joker on the original Batman TV series) and a Texan who was stationed at Bovingdon while serving in the air force. Lorraine was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, but soon after moved to Texas. Her "dual" nationality has given her a love for all things British and Texan, and she enjoys weaving both heritages through her stories.

When she received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.” She began her career writing training manuals and computer code for the IRS, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she became not only hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She's been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards including RWA's RITA®. Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including ​​​​​​​USA TODAY and the New York Times.

The author of more than 60 novels, she writes historical and contemporary romance for adults and historical romance for teen readers. Under the names Rachel Hawthorne and Jade Parker, she writes popular contemporary, historical, and paranormal r​omance for teens readers. She also writes young adult novels with her son under the name J. A. London.

Honors and Awards​

2016 RT Book Reviews Pioneer of Romance Award

2016 RT Book Reviews Career Achievement Award for Historical Romance

1995-1996 Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Americana Historical Romance


1999 Affaire de Coeur Top Ten Favorite Author Award


2015 RWA Emma Merritt Award for Service


2014 RWA Service Award


2015 Dallas Area Romance Authors Robin Teer Memorial Service Award


2003 Dallas Area Romance Authors Robin Teer Memorial Service Award

Video Interview With Lorraine
​​​​​​Virginia This Morning

Video Interview With Lorraine
​​​​​​​​Rachel Reads

USA TODAY Interview
When the Duke Was Wicked
Why Dukes are So Popular
USA TODAY Interview
Once More My Darling Rogue