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Marylee MacDonald

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Are you looking for info on how to write fiction and get it published? If so, go here. https://maryleemacdonaldauthor.com

If you're curious about who I am and what kinds of books I write, then head to a different website.
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I'm an award-winning author, writing coach, and caregiver advocate.

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

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

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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 gracious…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)
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 VERMILLI…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)
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Long, long ago, in a galaxy faraway called YOUTH, I sat at a gun-metal-gray desk, awaiting a verdict on my Master's thesis. This was May, 1975, roughly two years after my husband's death, and my thesis was a novella entitled That's Who I Am. The plot--if there even was one--centered on a woman's encounters with her roommates in a maternity ward. As most early works of fiction inevitably are, th

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