Marylee MacDonald

Award-winning author and writing coach




To research my historical novel, I spent months in the National Archives of France, Spain, and Portugal. This giant volume is an address book used during the French Revolution. Each neighborhood had one, and its purpose was to keep track of the citizens who had received identity cards. The Vermillion Sea is based on a true story.


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My Recent Projects

I write short stories and novels. As soon as I finish reading through galleys for my short story collection, Bonds of Love & Blood, I'll return to work on a story about a young, French artist who goes to Baja California in 1769. Research for that project has consumed much of my time in the past four years, and I have just a few scenes left before I begin the revisions. Here's an image of the cover. I am just thrilled to have this work-of-art to inspire me. You can learn more about The Vermillion Sea by using the BLOG tab above.


What's Happening With Montpelier Tomorrow?


The first week of May I learned that my novel, Montpelier Tomorrow had been named a finalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. This extremely competitive award honors books published by independent presses. My book was a finalist in two categories: Women's Issues and Children/Family. A big thank you to the judges, who must have gone to bed bleary-eyed from all the reading.
The novel was also a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award. Prior to receiving this recognition, the novel (in manuscript) had been a finalist for the Bellwether Prize and for the Faulkner-Wisdom award.

Selected Works

FICTION
Prize-winning short stories for arm-chair travelers and readers willing to explore the intricacies of the human heart. For more about the book, click the title.
A wrongful arrest and a weekend in jail are a wake-up call for an African-American man who thought his education protected him from police brutality.
The Rug Bazaar features two unconventional love stories. Winner of the Jeanne M. Leiby Memorial Chapbook Contest.
A novel about a mid-life mom who would do anything to protect her children from harm.
CREATIVE NONFICTION
The true story of a fifteen-old girl's journey to motherhood.
A short personal essay about identity, writing, and adoption.
ESSAY
What does the world think about America in the aftermath of 9/11?