Marney McNall

Contemporary Fiction / Freelance Writing & Editing


Marney McNall has a passion for telling stories of hope and perseverance, and loves to include non-profit causes and international locations. She has published articles in Relevant Magazine and Live58, and was a semi-finalist in both the novel and short story categories of the William Faulkner – William Wisdom creative writing competition, as well as a Bronze medalist for the Frasier award for novel. She is also a member of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts—affectionately called LILA.

Marney is the Editorial Manager for Seacoast Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and formerly worked in international relief and development for several years. She authored a field manual on humanitarian operations, commissioned by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. She also served as the principal writer for The A21 Campaign – U.S. East Coast office that combats human trafficking. During that time, she created the Poetry for Their Freedom contest judged by the South Carolina poet laureate, Marjory Wentworth, to help spread awareness in the literary community about human trafficking.

Marney has traveled to 42 countries and intends to visit many more, gathering stories and ideas as she goes.

Important Bits of History

  • I went on Semester at Sea, an around-the-world voyage where you learn from great professors in a classroom like no other.
  • I have a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry. After Semester at Sea, I ripped a professional U-turn and volunteered for a non-profit that led me to Guatemala and Mexico.
  • While working on the roof of an orphanage in a jungle, I was offered a job by the only other woman up there. So began my time in humanitarian logistics.
  • While working with humanitarian groups and the U.S. Military, I met my future husband. He is a pilot. He once flew me into Bosnia and left me there. : )

My Verbs

Writers are often told to show, not tell—to let readers make up their own minds.
Okay then, here are some key verbs I try to keep central in my life.

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