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author and editor

Caitie McKay


About Me

I live for stories—writing them, reading them, telling them, and listening to them. In college, a guidance counselor told me that writing wasn’t a real job and I should go into banking, so all of this is basically to prove him wrong. As we learn in fiction, revenge is good motivation!


Also in college, I got a degree in Creative Writing, wrote my first novel, and was awarded the G.E. Murray Award for Excellence in Creative Writing. I found some of my best friends, had a couple of plays performed, and met my husband. We now live in a very old house with our baby girl, and a couple of rescue animals to keep us crazy.


I am pretty lucky to write and edit for a living. I’ve written and edited over 500 children’s educational books as part of my day job, as well as editing dozens of fiction middle grade and young adult books. I write just about everything—young adult fiction, middle grade fiction, graphic novels, educational nonfiction, and some amateur poetry. I have too many pen name aliases to count. My first verse novel Every Little Bad Idea was published by West 44 Books in 2018.


I believe everyone has a story. These books are part of mine.


"Every Little Bad Idea is vivid, lyrical, heart-wrenching, and ultimately hopeful. Caitie's powerful writing will resonate with readers of all ages and leave them hungry for more of her deeply felt work."

Alyssa Palombo


The Violinist of Venice and The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence


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