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What motivates you as a writer?

As an author, Maly has a soft spot for epistolary novels, humorous science fiction, and tales where the protagonist pursues authenticity. She writes picture books, middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult fiction.

What types of books do you like to read?


Maly reads a diverse genre of books. Right now she is obsessed with books to develop her character and sweet romances. 

How has becoming a writer affected your own reading habits?

Maly is captivated by whimsical prose and reads at a slower pace to ingest the art form of the written word. 

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PUBLISHER: Molly Shaffer, 2017

After finding a misplaced diary at her local thrift store, Rigby Thomas pays twenty-five cents for another girl’s secrets. Reading the diary is wrong, but there is something about "ME's" life that lures Rigby into the pages. Pages holding anguish, bitter regrets, and life-altering consequences for anyone brave enough to read the truth.


"Sometimes, in order to have a future, a girl must walk through fire... and sometimes, if that girl is lucky, she rises again." -ME




"Molly Shaffer's book drew me in from the very beginning. I am a busy mom and I found myself taking her book with me everywhere, sneaking in time to read in the little moments I could squeeze in. The story is a haunting tale of the effects of dysfunction within a family. It tackles serious issues including abuse, both mental and sexual, suicide, and abandonment. The beautiful narrative will leave you thinking about the characters for days."


"I love reading but had been too busy being a mom to find the time to read...once I opened Molly's book, I couldn't close it until I had finished it. Not an easy read...tough issues...really made me think of all our beautiful young girls in schools and how we don't know what they are dealing with or have been through in life. Can't wait for her next book!"


"In the end, the dark material that constitutes this novel is handled with such honesty and sensitivity that the result is uplifting. I would strongly recommend this novel for any young adult struggling to make sense of the onset of adult realities, any older adult still struggling with the carnage left behind from childhood, or anyone who loves someone beset by such issues. Personally, I had a happy childhood, yet I found myself engrossed and moved by this novel. Basically, I find it hard to imagine anyone being unaffected by this story."


"I couldn't put this book down. I finished it in less than 2 days."


-Kerri L Richardson

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