Chris McKinney was born in Honolulu and grew up in Kahaluu on the island of Oahu. He portrays the island experience from the inside, where children of mixed ethnicity grow up far from the clear water and pristine beaches of the rich visitors’ resorts.

The author of five novels, The Tattoo, The Queen of Tears, Bolohead Row, Mililani Mauka, and the just released Boi No Good, Chris has also written a feature film screenplay, Paradise Broken, and a short film, The Back Door, both of which premiered at the 2011 Hawaii International Film Festival. He has twelve years of teaching experience as an associate professor at Honolulu Community College and was recently appointed Visiting Distinguished Writer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

He and his wife, Mika McKinney, run the Chris McKinney Language Arts Center, which offers reading and writing courses for elementary school children, teens, and adults who want to learn how to write essays, fiction, and screenplays. It is located in Mililani, Hawaii. For more information, go to Chris McKinney Language Arts Center

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