In no particular order, she is passionate about:
• Helping writers say what they mean with clarity while staying true to their authentic voice. Mackenzie loves creating and writing, but working with authors to polish their stories so they come alive in readers’ minds with stunning vibrancy turns her on like nothing else. She earned a certificate from UCLA Extension in Developmental Editing, and structured a lot of idle time during the pandemic lockdown by beta reading. Some of her clients went on to get literary representation and, without an iota of shame, she likes to take some credit for their achievement. Editing services
• Highlighting women’s fiction authors with interviews about their work and debut novels. You’ll discover their process, secrets about their characters, their wins and setbacks, and what keeps them motivated to see their manuscripts through to the end. Interviews with Women’s Fiction Authors, as well as posting book recommendations (click on Book Review tag).
• Writing fictional stories about all-too-human characters struggling with internal and/or external villains until they realize their deepest desires. Short Stories and Chapter 1 of novel manuscript This Darkness is Mine.
• Shining the spotlight on mental health advocates who are doing mission critical work, primarily addressing bipolar within Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. They are driving the urgent need to #EndTheStigma surrounding mental illness, so that people in need aren’t denied access to appropriate help. Learning to ask questions in such a way that opens them wide open to share their insights is probably one of the best skills Mackenzie has ever acquired and developed. Several of the interviews that she submitted to PsychologyToday.com were selected by the editors for placement on the front page of related categories. She originally started the series of interviews on the blog, but From Margin to Mainstream got picked up by Psychology Today (HOT DAMN, she's proud as hell of that!)
• Sharing her own journey (click on the Bipolar tag) from an unwanted diagnosis to acceptance so others who are affected by the vagaries of mental illness can fearlessly take control of their lives again. You're sick, not weak and you are far from alone.
Mackenzie Littledale’s writing career started in September 2017 when she began writing her semi-autobiographical manuscript This Darkness is Mine. Her work began appearing publicly in 2019 with an article in Conscious Life Journal, the VSS365 Anthology, the Bipolar Battle blog, Reedsy’s blog, and TYWI Black Lives Matter journal.
She’s been interviewed on the AskWin Podcast, Diffusing the Tension blog, Wendi Blum Weiss, and Gestalt Media. Her short stories Freedom 500 and It was an Accident won Gestalt Media’s monthly contests. She is a class of 2019 PitchWars mentee. Her essay Lessons in Personality Integration from the Movies The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz placed second in the International Oz Group’s 2019 writing contest in nonfiction.
Second Chance at Heaven earned an honorable mention in the Texas Observer 2020 Short Story Contest. Her first collection of short stories, Testing the Ties That Bind, launched January 1, 2021. This was followed by Explorations of Freedom. The Curious Key Carelessly Left Behind is included in Skullgate’s Loathsome Voyages anthology, releasing January 7, 2021. This Darkness is Mine will be her first novel. Littledale is represented by Serendipity Literary Agency.