Ms McKinley grew up as a "military brat" moving around regularly. She now lives in England with her husband, also a writer, Peter Dickinson. She is apparently fond of whippets (a type of dog) and roses.
Her stories include
Note: The dates below should be checked. Some are publication dates rather than copyright as intended.
- Spindle's End (2000)
- The Blue Sword Newbery Honor Book, 1983
- The Hero and the Crown (1985) Newbery Award, 1985
- Dragonhaven (2007)
- Sunshine (2003)
- Rose Daughter (1998?)
- Beauty (1993?)
- Deerskin (1994)
- The Outlaws of Sherwood (1988)
Short story collections
- Water: Tales of Elemental Spirits short stories with Peter Dickinson