Jacquie McRae (Tainui) lives in Te Arai Northland with her husband and has three adult sons. She has twice been a Pikihuia award finalist with her stories published in their short story collections. She received a place on the inaugural Te Papa Tupu scheme that mentors emerging writers. Her first novel ‘The Scent of apples,’ won a gold medal in the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards (the 'IPPYs') in New York. It was selected by the International Youth Library in Munich and received a White Ravens label. She is included in the anthology Nga Hau e Wha, Stories on the four winds, a collection of short stories published in December 2016. She gained a Masters in Creative writing with first class honours.She is currently working on a draft of the novel that she produced for her masters and hopes that it will be completed for publication in 2017.