Joan MacCracken
The Winter House by Maine author Joan MacCracken

Joan MacCracken

Dr. Joan MacCracken, a retired pediatrician who specialized in pediatric endocrinology, practiced in Bangor, Maine, for twenty-three years. Since childhood, she has enjoyed telling and writing stories. Her first book, The Sun, the Rain and the Insulin: Growing Up with Diabetes, published in 1996, described a special family camp, Camp Kee-to-Kin, which operated for thirteen years.

In 2005 she adapted a Nicaraguan folktale, creating the book Trisba and Sula, which was awarded Best Bilingual Children’s Book of 2006 by Skipping Stones magazine. MacCracken also edited and published Cracked Marbles, a collection of Maine stories by the late Dr. Tom Palmer of Bangor.

For the past six years, she has continued her passion for writing by producing her small town’s quarterly newspaper, The Brooksville Breeze. Her community involvement with the At Home Downeast project stimulated her to think about the folks who prefer to remain in their homes, “aging in place.”

Her debut novel, The Winter House, published in 2013, is a delightful story of four older women deciding to live together for the winter months. MacCracken hopes to stimulate women who find themselves alone in their later years to consider new alternatives in living arrangements, perhaps sharing living expenses as well as supporting one another, providing safety and companionshi, and preventing loneliness and boredom.

Dr. MacCracken received her education at Denison University in Ohio and at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her residency at the University of Colorado and at Boston Children’s Hospital. She has two grown children and three grandchildren. Along with her husband and their dog, Quigley, she lives on the coast of Maine, west of Mt. Desert Island.