Janis Mackay, children’s author and storyteller, lives now in her home town of Edinburgh – after five creative years by the sea in Caithness in the far north of Scotland.
The Accidental Time Traveller won the 2013 Scottish Children's Book Award. The sequel is out now - The Reluctant Time Traveller - for age 7 - 12, with a WW1 theme.
The far north helped the Magnus Fin books come to birth, the first of which, Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest, won the Kelpies prize 2009. The sequel to this came out in February 2011 – Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission, and the final novel in this trilogy – Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret, comes out in February 2012, all published under the Kelpies imprint by Floris Books, Scotland.
As a storyteller and once upon a time actress Janis is a great believer in bringing her stories to life. She has visited over eighty primary schools, the length and breadth of Scotland, where she offers to pupils a storymaking session, usually with a sea/environmental theme. Janis, who has an MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development from the University of Sussex, works for the University of Edinburgh, offering an evening class in writing children’s creative fiction. Janis is inspired by Scottish folk tales and enjoys weaving old and new into her novels.
Janis is happy to do author events, workshops and festivals. She is available to bring Magnus Fin, the magic of the sea, and the art of creative writing, into schools and usually works with pupils from P 4 – 7. If you’d like to find out more email Janis on Janis716@btinternet.com