Author details

Janis Mackay

Biography

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

Email

janis@janismackay.com

Local authority where they are based

Edinburgh

Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

5-8, 9-12

LL funded

Yes

BRAW network

No

Author type

Writer

Language

English

Books written

Wild Song

Author(s): Janis Mackay
Thirteen-year-old Niilo's unruly behaviour means his loving parents sent him to Wild School, a young offender's unit on an island in the Finnish archipelago.

The Reluctant Time Traveller

Author(s): Janis Mackay
If Saul and Agnes don't do something their den will be destroyed. But the title deeds that could save it were lost in 1914. Good job they know the secret of time travel!

The Selkie Girl

Author(s): Janis Mackay
Fergus lives with his father by the sea, but is lonely. He wants a friend more than anything. One day Fergus finds treasure on the beach: a beautiful fur blanket hidden in the rocks.

The Wee Seal

Author(s): Janis Mackay
<p><span>Jamie has been watching the wee white seal that lives on the beach. At night the wee seal cuddles up to its mother.
Accidental Time Traveller cover

The Accidental Time Traveller

Author(s): Janis Mackay
One ordinary day, Saul is on his way to the corner shop when a girl appears suddenly in the middle of the road.
Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret

Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret

Author(s): Janis Mackay
On his eleventh birthday, schoolboy Magnus Fin found out that he is half selkie - part human, part seal. Although he looks like a boy and lives on land, he can breathe underwater.
Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission

Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission

Author(s): Janis Mackay
On his eleventh birthday, schoolboy Magnus Fin found out that he was half selkie -- part human, part seal. Although he looks like a boy and lives on land, he can breathe underwater.
Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest

Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest

Author(s): Janis Mackay
Magnus Fin, a shy schoolboy, learns he is half selkie and that his selkie family under the sea need his help.