Twelve stories of wayward travelers. Twelve stamps on the passport of the soul. Walter struggles to see past his disfigurement, but a trip to Thailand and a mysterious woman may challenge his quest for perfection. Married to a workaholic, Leslie is accustomed to solitude until her overbearing Indian mother-in-law turns her kitchen into a verbal […]
MacDonald applies insight, power, and delicacy to create characters between whom the psychic space virtually sizzles.–Kristine Morris
– Foreword Reviews
In her collection of twelve brilliantly-written short stories, MacDonald explores the pain and beauty of human relationships. MacDonald’s writing is raw and visceral, creating a strong emotional connection between her characters and the reader.
– US Review of Books
With elegant prose enlivened by shards of mean humor, MacDonald captures how hard it is to love or trust, at home or abroad.
– Kirkus Reviews
by Janice J. Richardson in Ten Questions
In this column, I’m asking subscribers to share their knowledge about writing, publishing, and marketing their books. I’m calling it “Ten Questions.” Thank you, Janice J. Richardson, for letting readers know about your fun mystery series.–Marylee MacDonald Janice J. Richardson’s Author Tip: “Start with fingers on keyboard. Ready, set…go! Don’t agonize over the plot, wording, […]
by Jack A. Saarela in Ten Questions
In this new column, I’m asking subscribers to share their knowledge about writing, publishing, and marketing their books. I’m calling it “Ten Questions.” Thank you, Jack Saarela, for getting this off to a great start.–Marylee MacDonald Because he believes it’s helpful to hear a manuscript read aloud, Jack Saarela recommends the free Natural Readers’ text-to-speech […]
by Marylee MacDonald in Characters
Characters who have tortured interior lives are dark characters. Dark protagonists are suffering and in pain. Often, they’re nonhuman: fallen angels, vampires, haunted detectives, or recovering addicts. The writer’s big challenge is to make these protagonists sufficiently likable that readers will stick with them until the end. And, from the author’s perspective, an additional challenge […]