About Lori Bentley Law



Photojournalist for NBC Los Angeles, author of novels featuring women with a passion for things that go VROOM!, reformed amateur pie baker, and full-blown Motor Doll, who is happiest behind the wheel of her ’48 Ford, or blazing across the desert on a motorcycle.


If it’s old, crusty, and has an engine, I’m into it: Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, Tractors (okay, maybe not tractors). It’s hard to explain to someone who does black-flips for the latest, greatest, shiny new plasticized-toy, why some would rather have the rusty, old, and worn. It’s a love of history and craftsmanship, coupled with the romantic idealism of how this thing has survived for decades, centuries even; the fantastic notion that it has lived a life before–and yeah, I know you can argue a thing can’t live, but I know different. See my beloved Bondorella below? This fabulous 1948 Ford F1 thrums with life. I feel her heartbeat in the steering wheel.


I’m a Television News Photojournalist for NBC in Los Angeles, shooting video and editing segments for our evening news. I have a love/hate relationship with my profession. I see people on their best day, and their worst.

1994, at my first news job at NBC affiliate KSBY in San Luis Obispo CA

The best day stories? Those are my favorite and what makes it all worthwhile. I’ve met some truly inspiring people, gone around the world, and seen and done things I never could have imagined, like leaning out the back of a Chinook helicopter with the National Guard, or sitting down with a First Lady for a one-on-one interview…

…or spending a month in Athens and Sydney for the Olympic games, or being in St. Peters Square during the Papal Conclave.

Then… there are the worst day stories. But let’s not talk about those, ‘cause I’m more of a happy-happy-joy-joy kinda girl.


(Back when I wrote about news coverage, Click here)


I worked as principal photographer on several episodes of the half hour weekly show Travel Cafe, shooting in Fiji, Hong Kong, and Kauai, to name a few. I also had the privilege of shooting a documentary on nationally renowned artist, Milford Zornes—one of the coolest human beings I’ve ever met. Man. I hope to be like him when I’m 90.


Besides old cars and motorcycles and photography, I love to write. Writing gives me that perfect escape from the ugliness of news. In that realm, I’ve had two short stories published: one about a girl who dreams of being a fish, and another about a girl who believes she’s the reincarnated soul of a Shitzu. Hmmm. Kind of sensing a theme. Anyway, the dog story, HAPPY GIRL, was chosen as the publication’s feature story.

I’ve completed six novels, with several others in various states of completion.

My debut novel MOTOR DOLLS is available now from Motor Palace Press, a girl-powered adventure following two Motor Dolls in search of life’s passion. Yee haw!

My agent Mary C. Moore of the Kimberley Cameron & Associates Agency is currently shopping my latest novel, set in 1935 and of course involving a girl and a car. I have to say, it’s my favorite. Until the next one, of course.


The most important thing in life (for me at least) is to figure out your passion and find a way to make it work for you. It’s the running theme in four of my novels (that, and the appearance of things that go VROOM!)

Oh… and if you’d like to read about inspiring Motor Dolls around the world, check out the Motor Dolls blog!


I live in Southern California with my best feller, a whole bunch of misfit motorcycles, and of course, my beloved ’48 Ford Truck, Bondorella.

Want to know something more about me? Just ask! Making new pals is fun. Email me via the CONTACT page!

Later Gators!

Won’t you join me for the ride?

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