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 and now is one of the mentors on this program and for the New Zealand society of Authors.
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 Zealand's accomplished writers. Her latest novel "The Liminal space" was a finalist in the NZ Boooklovers awards 2022.
She has a Masters in Creative writing with first class honours. She has been involved in several writers festivals and encouraging other people to write is one of her passions. She was awarded a Michael king residency in 2018 and 2023. She is currently working on a novel about the illicit whisky trade and the pounamu trails.