MJ Raco, author of the fantasy/adventure series Realm Travellers, is an orthoptist by day, a novelist by night. Her debut novel, The Ancient Gateway, is the first in the series, followed by A Parallel Dimension and the sequel The Forbidden Passage.
MJ lives in Sydney, Australia, has three adult children and two grandkids she adores. She has two exceptionally large ginger rescue tabbies she’s allergic to, but wouldn’t part with for anything.
The daughter of a great storyteller, songwriter and poet, she grew up surrounded by mythology and parables from the scriptures. Her love affair with fantasy began when she was gifted her first Enid Blyton book at the age of seven. Escaping into a world of endless imagination was her happy place, and she hasn’t stopped venturing there since.
When she isn’t saving sight, babysitting or tucked away tapping on her archaic laptop, MJ spends her time reading, cooking and making plans to see the world—especially ancient worlds!
What readers are saying about her work
‘What happens when you mix teenaged kids, a bizarre ancient world, and superpowers? You get the pulse-thumping, laugh along, gripping tale of Realm Travelers. Brilliant and often surprising, this stunning debut novel delves deep into relationships, past trauma, and the need to find oneself while in a world of wonder and control.’ – Brent Meske, author of Super Nobody and The Alpha and Omegas Series
‘Mary Raco made me care about her five teen protagonists, then flung them headlong into extravagantly imaginative peril. The tension never lets up, and the ending left me wanting more.’ – Shane Porteous, script writer/actor.
‘This enjoyable, fast-paced book left this adult eagerly awaiting the next instalment of The Realm Travellers. Highly recommended.’ – Lyn Behan, author of The Men and The Medium and Seeking Samuel Goldberg.