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Author Bio

Tricia L. McDonald is an internationally published author, public speaker and writing coach. She lives in West Michigan with her husband, three spoiled dogs and one annoyed cat.

She has written four books about her mini bull terrier in the Life With Sally series. Her middle-grade novel is The Sally Squad: Pals to the Rescue. To assist other writers, Tricia wrote Quit Whining Start Writing, encouraging them to put away their writing excuses.

When she isn’t writing, you can find Tricia playing in the dirt in her flower gardens.

Tricia L. McDonald is no stranger to writing. As owner and operator of Splattered Ink Press, Tricia has a hands-on approach to guiding others in the writing process.

She is an internationally published author, a public speaker and writing coach who lives and writes in West Michigan. On a volunteer basis, Tricia teaches writing classes at Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging and Village at the Pines. She has also facilitated writing classes at Gilda’s Club.

As a writing coach, Tricia works one-on-one with writers to hone their writing skills, edits manuscripts, facilitates writing groups, and helps writers prepare their manuscripts for publication. As a publisher, Tricia completes the process by publishing books both in print and ebooks.

Her Life With Sally series: Little White Dog Tails (2009), Still Spinnin’ Tails (2011), Waggin’ More Tails (2013) and Princess Tails (2017) are compilations of stories chronicling life with her miniature bull terrier. She also writes a monthly column for Cats and Dogs Magazine.

Tricia’s book Quit Whining Start Writing: A Novelist’s Guide to Writing (2012), is a guide to help writers put away the excuses and get the writing done.

Although Tricia’s writings have been nonfiction, her recent book, The Sally Squad: Pals to the Rescue is a novel for middle-grade readers.

Tricia has also been published in Cup of Comfort for Mothers & Sons Anthology, The Breastfeeding Diaries Anthology, Mom Writer’s Literary Magazine, Cup of Comfort for Mothers & Daughters, I Love Cats Magazine and Oxygen Magazine.

She is an active member of the Michigan-based writers group, Peninsula Writers, where she has coordinated yearly retreats and has acted as editor of the newsletter. She is a Distinguished Toastmaster with Toastmasters International.

Through her affiliation and work with Peninsula Writers, Toastmasters International, and Splattered Ink Press, Tricia has garnered experience organizing and presenting writing workshops, retreats and presentations. She coordinated three yearly Quit Whining Start Writing Conferences, held at Grand Valley State University.

With her compassion and humor, Tricia offers an inviting stage presence and is available for speaking events.