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Molly McCaffrey

Molly McCaffrey earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Indiana University before studying literature and creative writing in graduate school, receiving her master’s degree from Miami University and her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati.

Born in Baltimore to one set of parents and adopted by another, she was raised in New Jersey and has lived in thirteen states. She moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, over a decade ago, and in 2012, the Commonwealth of Kentucky bestowed on her its highest honor, that of Kentucky Colonel.

She is the author of two small press books—a memoir and a collection of stories—and her work has appeared in various publications, including Aesthetica, The Independent, USA Today, Psychology Today, The Satirist, and Medium. She has been nominated five times for the Pushcart Prize and currently serves on the SCBWI Midsouth conference committee. She also co-directs the Warren County Public Library’s Get Lit book club.

When Molly isn’t reading or writing, she’s on the move—running, biking, swimming, hiking, and kayaking—and loves to compete in local triathlons.

To learn more about Molly, go to You can also follow her at @mollymccaffrey on Twitter.

Writing, Ghost-writing, Fiction writing
General fiction, Suspense/thriller, Juvenile fiction, Young adult, Memoir, Women's fiction
"Molly McCaffrey has written a brave and important book."
—JOE BLAIR, Author of By the Iowa Sea

"The emotions the young woman describes in this memoir are all too real."

"How happy I am to make the acquaintance of [these] characters… [these] are brave stories, written with grace and precision."
—LEE MARTIN, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of The Bright Forever

"This entertaining collection of stories, explores a variety of psychological experiences… Altogether, a marvelous and enlightening read."
—JOSIP NOVAKOVICH, American Book Award winner and author of Infidelities

"Two People for Six O'Clock" shortlisted for Aesthetica's 2021 Creative Writing Award
CHAPERONE—THE GRACE YEAR meets THE GIVER when 17-year-old Stella decides she wants to escape from New America, a near-future society where adolescent girls are not allowed to go out in public without a government-assigned chaperone.
John Cusick