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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Mystery

Born: Elgin, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Molly MacRae grew up in Barrington and currently lives in Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Molly MacRae writes the Highland Bookshop Mysteries, about four women who reinvent their lives when they buy a bookshop in Inversgail on the west coast of Scotland, and the award-winning Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries, about a textile preservation specialist in Blue Plum, Tennessee, who ends up with a depressed ghost on her hands.

Molly spent twenty years in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northeast Tennessee, where she managed the Book Place, an independent bookstore; may it rest in peace. Before the lure of books hooked her, she was the curator of the history museum in Jonesborough, Tennessee's oldest town. Her short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine for more than twenty years, and she won the Sherwood Anderson Award for Short Fiction. Molly lives with her family in Champaign, Illinois, where she connects children with books at the public library.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- ''More or Less'' -- *Sherwood Anderson Award for short fiction


-- ''Wilder Rumors'' -- *First Prize for novel, Virginia Highlands Creative Writing Contest


-- "Last Wool and Testament"

-- *Suspense Magazine's Best, 2012

-- *Lovey Award for Best Paranormal, 2013