Rayne Lacko believes music, language, and art connect us, and she explores those themes in her novels, Radio Headand A Song For The Road, and the guided journal Dream Up Now, The Teen Journal for Creative Self-Discovery, online courses, speaking engagements, and in service to performing arts organizations. Serving youths through older adults, Rayne is an author, and an advocate for the arts as a form of social and emotional well-being. Through her work, she inspires people to use creativity to stimulate positive change in their lives and communities. She now resides on a lush, forested island in the Pacific Northwest, where she serves as president on the board of trustees at a performing arts organization. Rayne facilitates arts-based, social-emotional workshops featuring the Dream Up Now journal, a library youth writing workshop, and an annual filled-to-capacity writing camp. She created the course, “Six Easy Steps to Leading Transformational Workshops Teens Want to Attend,” and established “Teen Creatives Live,” 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, a Graphic Design Diploma in Vancouver, then attended UCLA’s writer’s program. She currently studies at Antioch University, majoring in Creative Writing and Leadership.
Dream Up Now – Co-founder, Lead teacher
Teen Creatives Live – Founder
Bainbridge Performing Arts President – Board of Trustees; and Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra liaison
Pacific Northwest Writers Association Member
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Member
Reading Opens Mindschose Radio Head as a book club selection
Bainbridge Public Library Teen Writers’ Workshop, and Writing Camp Instructor/Mentor
She Writes Member
PongoTeen Writing Completed Training to Teach Poetry to Youth in Juvenile Detention
Kitsap Mental Health Services Certified to provide Mental Health First Aid to Youth
Rayne Lacko: The Power of Creativity in Trying Times The Lisa Manterfield podcast
Parenting Pointers: Raising Resilience in Kids Motherhood Moment
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
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
What People Say
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.Walt Disney
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.J. K. Rowling
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.Dr. Seuss