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Carrie Mac (born February 25, 1975) is a Canadian author and illustrator specializing in young adult (YA) fiction. She is a winner of the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize, the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize, and the Arthur Ellis Award, as well as various other awards and recognitions.

Although known for her YA writing, Mac also writes adult fiction, leads writing workshops for adults and youth, and contributes to literary journals. She is also the resident writer/reader for The Story Forest, a collection of audio stories for children.

Early life, education, and employment

Mac was born in Kamloops, British Columbia. During her childhood and youth, Mac lived in Vancouver, Grand Forks, Abbotsford and on the Sunshine Coast.

Mac's first job, at age seven, was to read the Bible to an ex-Son of Freedom; she was paid a quarter a page. Mac dropped out of high school in Grade eleven, completing her secondary education by correspondence. She trained as a paramedic at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. Mac also worked at various times as a sign language interpreter, a bookstore clerk, and a child and youth advocate in a transition house.

Influences and inspiration

A self-confessed book-aholic, Mac credits Louise Fitzhugh, author of Harriet the Spy, with the realization of "what kind of power words carry, and how they can be used to sharpen your own identity and injure others." Other influences include: Anne Cameron, Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro. Mac explains that Raymond Carver showed her that "the lives of working class people (my people) are filled with stories worth writing about too, and that you don't need to go on and on and on and on to relate human emotions when you can nail it down so adroitly with less."

Writing for reluctant readers

Pain and Wastings, Jacked, Charmed, and Crush were written for Orca Book Publisher for the Soundings Series. The Soundings series is written specifically for reluctant or difficult to engage readers, also known as hi-lo readers (high interest, low reading level). It features contemporary themes, often including what might be considered controversial material and language.

Personal life

Mac lives in Vancouver with her children. She is a queer mom and attachment parent.

Books

  • Triskelia trilogy:
    • The Droughtlanders (2006)
    • Retribution (2007)
    • Storm (2008)
  • Standalone works:
  • The Beckoners (2004)
  • The Gryphon Project (2010)
  • The Opposite of Tidy (2011)
  • 10 Things I Can See From Here (2017)
  • Wildfire (2020)
  • Orca Soundings:
    • Charmed (2004)
    • Crush (2006)
    • Pain and Wastings (2008)
    • Jacked (2009)
    • The Way Back (2014)

Awards

  • Canadian Council for the Arts grants (2000, 2003, 2004 & 2008)
  • Arthur Ellis Award: Best Young Adult Crime Book (2005)
  • Canadian Library Association Honour Book (2005)
  • International Children's and Youth Literature White Raven list (2005) for The Beckoners
  • International Reading Association Young Adult Choices list (2006) for The Beckoners
  • Young Adult Canadian Book Award Honour Book (2007) for The Droughtlanders
  • Sunburst Award shortlist in young-adult category (2007) for The Beckoners and (2008) for Retribution
  • Stellar Book Award nomination (2009) for The Droughtlanders
  • Sheila A. Egoff Book Prize (2010) for The Gryphon Project
  • Canadian Library Association Young-Adult Honor Book selection (2010) for The Gryphon Project
  • CBC Non-fiction Literary Prize (2015)
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