Marylee MacDonald

Award-winning author and writing coach

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The Ugly Duckling, Chinese Babies, and Me

Selected for a TELLING OUR STORIES PRESS anthology, edited by CoCo Harris, this adoption essay makes links between identity, writing, and adoption. The anthology has a wealth of wonderful short memoirs and personal essays.


Hans Christian Andersen's story, "The Ugly Duckling," had a deep effect on me when I first heard it read. Andersen was a tall, awkward child who refused to learn a trade. He tried acting and eventually wound up writing stories. The "ugly duckling"--the awkward, teenage Andersen, or perhaps Andersen, the artist and outsider--spoke to me, the small child trying to figure out who I was and where I fit in.

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?