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Marylee MacDonald

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I'm an award-winning author, writing coach, and caregiver advocate.

My short story collection, BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD is a finalist in Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Awards. My novel, MONTPELIER TOMORROW, won the Gold Medal for Drama from Readers' Favorite, and it was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Prize and for many other awards.

I'm very grateful the novel has gained this recognition, but I'm even more grateful when readers connect with me on Twitter or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MaryleeMacD.

Like many writers, I began to build a writing resume by publishing in literary magazines, such as American Literary Review, Bellevue
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Marylee MacDonald I am picking a cover for my forthcoming short story collection, BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD, and I'm trying to get back to my historical novel, THE…moreI am picking a cover for my forthcoming short story collection, BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD, and I'm trying to get back to my historical novel, THE VERMILLION SEA. I need to write two more scenes, and then I will have the first draft done. At that point I'll begin the painful and embarrassing task of reading through the manuscript from start to finish. It is so great to have one book published, another ready to go to the publisher, and a third that I hope readers will be as excited about as I am.(less)
Marylee MacDonald Writer's block happens to every writer, and I'm no exception. Every day we stare at a blank page and have to come up with something, but good…moreWriter's block happens to every writer, and I'm no exception. Every day we stare at a blank page and have to come up with something, but good gracious, what should it be? I have two strategies. One is to never let more than two days go by without working on my manuscript, even for fifteen minutes. That keeps the story alive in my subconscious. My second strategy is to take a nap every day. Yes, like a toddler! It's not so much that I'm lacking sleep, but I take naps because whatever I've tucked away in my subconscious rises to the top and floats there, waiting for me to put on my glasses. Often, my subconscious will hand me a plot complication or a bit of dialogue. I happily head back to my desk with new information about what's going to happen next.(less)
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Kira Hawke Hey there, Marylee! Thanks for the friend request - I recognize you from Twitter and it's nice running into you again :D


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