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Maryna Doughty

Writer + Former Teacher + Christian


     Hi, everyone! I'm Maryna (pronounced like Marina). I'm a writer currently working towards publishing 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.


   -Expressing myself through 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 Susanna Leonard Hill's 2019 Halloweensie Contest


Winning Entry in Lydia Lukidis and Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez's 2019 Fall Frenzy Writing Contest

Favorite Books


Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend 


Necessary Endings by Dr. Henry Cloud


The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence by Gavin de Becker 


Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe by Gavin de Becker


The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller


The Reading Zone: How to Help Kids Become Skilled, Passionate, Habitual, Critical Readers by Nancie Atwell and Anne Atwell Merkel


Readicide by Kelly Gallagher




The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine 




This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy J. Cavanaugh

The Canyon's Edge by Dusti Bowling

For the Record by Monique Polak


Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens


Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko


The Stepmom Shake-Up by Niki Lenz


Wonder by R.J. Palacio


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


Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed


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


It's Not Hansel and Gretel by Josh Funk


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


Bunny Breaths by Kira Willey

The Little Blue Truck series by Alice Schertle

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