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Maryna Doughty

Writer + Former Teacher + Christian


    Hi! I'm Maryna Doughty (pronounced Mer-ee-nuh DOH-tee). I write middle-grade novels and picture books. Prior to writing, I earned my bachelor's degree in elementary education from Arizona State University, and I taught 4th and 5th grade for six years. Four of those years at Rancho Solano Preparatory School in Gilbert & Scottsdale, Arizona. Two of those years at Sierra School in Santa Clara, California. My favorite part of the school day was always reading aloud to my students.

    I grew up in a blended family in Glendale, Arizona, and I now live in Southern California with my husband and three children.


   -Writing fictional stories

   -Helping moms & teachers instill a passion for reading in their kids

   -Discussing relationships & seeking biblical truths about dealing with dysfunction

   -Serving and loving my husband

   -Being a stay-at-home mom so I can raise my children

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My Writing Accomplishments

1st Place in Vivian Kirkfield's 2020 #50PreciousWords Contest


6th Place in 2019 Halloweensie Contest


Winning Entry in 2019 Fall Frenzy Writing Contest

Favorite Books



This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy J. Cavanaugh

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling

For the Record by Monique Polak


The Stepmom Shake-Up by Niki Lenz


Wonder by R.J. Palacio


Are You There, God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume


The Wide-Awake Princess series by E.D. Baker


Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney


The Bad Guys series by Aaron Blabey


Wild Fairies series by Brandi Dougherty

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish




I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Porcupine's Pie by Laura Renauld


Summer Color by Diana Murray


The One-Stop Story Shop by Tracey Corderoy


A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale by Penny Parker Klostermann 


I'm Sorry! By Barry Timms

An Easter Egg Hunt for Jesus by Susan Jones


The Little Blue Truck series by Alice Schertle

Bunny Breaths by Kira Willey

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