Lily Iona MacKenzie’s Writer’s Blog

At the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, outside of Mexico City.

I love this picture my husband Michael took of me after climbing 248 steps to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun.  Four months earlier, I had gone through a partial knee replacement for one knee, so for me it was an amazing accomplishment.

Writing requires this kind of exertion, the ability to resist giving in when we’ve received yet another rejection.  Some people call this perseverance.  But is that what it takes to keep writing in the face of adversity, rejection, and lack of recognition?  The word sounds so duty bound, so driven.  To me, a better word is discipline. At its root is disciple, though there are many lovely variations on this word that I actually prefer:  student, follower, learner, devotee.

I’m devoted to following the intricacies of language and where it takes me.  I’m ardent about words and what they evoke in our minds and imaginations—the worlds they create.  And I’m constantly learning, a student of the writer’s craft, eager to open myself each day to the endless possibilities this calling presents.  No wonder I love to write!

I’m including here samples from my novels and short fiction, as well as the articles/reviews and poetry that are available online.  They do not represent everything I’ve published. Please see my page LIST OF LILY’S PUBLICATIONS for a complete overview.

Pen-LFling_Frontcover_Low_4-13-15 copy Press published my novel Fling in July 2015. Click this link to order Fling!  or you can find it on Amazon

You can view my local book launch for Fling! at Book Passage in Corte Madera on Youtube:

Pen-L Press will be releasing another novel of mine, Freefall: A Divine Comedy, in 2018.

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In October 2011, Little Red Tree Publishing published my poetry collection All This. It’s available at Amazon:

You can view my launch of All This at Book Passage on Youtube:


Regal House Publishing will be producing my novel Bone Songs in the spring of 2017.


For all readers who visit my blog, I hope you’ll also check out Litlovers offers book recommendations and other helpful sources for readers and book clubs. My novel Fling! is listed there.

I also recommend the Story Circle Network (SNC) to all women. SNC offers online classes and many interesting posts:

11 thoughts on “Lily Iona MacKenzie’s Writer’s Blog

  1. So it begins. I’ve only created “my blog” just a day or two ago. I’m learning as I go, of course, and there was some thing you posted that caught my eye. I’ll have to go back a locate that post.
    Meanwhile I thought I would drop in and say hello.


  2. I really enjoyed reading your blog, Lily Iona; I am an Australian grandmother living in my 2 acre garden called Iona ( because my great grandfather emigrated from the isle of Iona to S,Aust 1870). I am also interested because I studied some Mexican anthropology for my degree. I live in the state of Victoria. I think you may need to concentrate on Scottish passengers, since the Scottish are said to be ‘fey’.
    All the best, Susan.


  3. Hello there! I am a fellow USF alumni wondering about your experiences on the USS Hornet. How did you come about writting the article? It is so very well written.

    I am one of the former founding directors of the Hornet and am searching for sources to validate the sightings of ghosts on the ship.


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