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 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 from eighteen of New Zealands accomplished writers. She has a Masters in Creative writing with first class honours. In 2017 she ran a sold out workshop at the Raglan readers and writers festival which encouraged people to write. She has been awarded a Michael king residency in 2018 and is currently putting the finishing touches to a novel that she hopes will be ready for publication soon.