The youngest of four girls, Weezie Kerr Mackey was born in London, England, and grew up in Kenilworth, Illinois, north of Chicago. She began her sports career in seventh grade at Joseph Sears School (field hockey, basketball (not very well) and softball) and played all four years at New Trier East High School (field hockey and badminton), winning the field hockey state championships her senior year (played at Lake Forest High School while Robert Redford was simultaneously directing Ordinary People, which was filmed there…we invited him to the finals, but he didn’t show).
While studying English at Trinity College in Connecticut, she continued her athletics, playing field hockey, squash, and softball. After college and a few miscellaneous jobs, she took a position teaching PE and coaching girls’ field hockey, soccer, and softball at the Greenhill School in Dallas, which became the inspiration for her first published novel, Throwing Like a Girl.
Equipped with an MFA in creative writing from American University in Washington, DC, and a million different jobs in different cities, she now writes and lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and their two sons.