Mary L. King (1956- ) is an American novelist who engages readers with an open look at physical disability issues in a
present-day setting. A special-needs mother, personal care attendant, and former rehabilitation center employee, she takes a
candid approach to writing novels that feature characters confronted with temporary or permanent disabilities. The author
of The McFadden Series, she invites readers to experience daily living activities, rehabilitation therapies, and personal
challenges, as viewed from main characters cast in realistic roles.
Mary King gives full attention to details whether she’s weaving a character’s history, outlining a specific injury, or
describing a medical procedure. She brings in homeless young people who get raw deals—those who come from abusive
homes, sustain life-altering injuries, or have fallen through the cracks of a broken social services system. Ms. King
broadens the storyline by giving insight into today’s common family challenges. Her stories allow ordinary events and
natural dialogue to flow as each youth faces new challenges: peer pressure, prejudice, bullying, intolerance, and even hate
crimes. The journey is not a total uphill climb, however; there are victories to celebrate and sensitive moments as the young
characters grow and mature in their roles with each successive novel.
"If there’s something I’ve learned from being a parent, book author, and freelance writer, it’s these things:
1. Teenagers will be teenagers; a sense of humor helps (the parents) and a stable household. 2. Young people want love,
guidance, respect, appreciation, recognition for their abilities and contributions, and yes… even discipline. 3. It IS
possible for parents to survive teen mood swings, haughty behavior, and indifferent attitudes. 4. Whoever said parents
can stop worrying once their grown child gets a job and moves out on their own, lied."
Ms. King's interest in physical medicine began in 1982 while employed with Cathedral Rehabilitation Center in
Jacksonville, Florida. As a volunteer after hours, she gained further hands-on experience in physical therapy, occupational
therapy, speech therapy, and respiratory therapy. She worked with clients who sustained a traumatic head/brain injury,
spinal cord injury, catastrophic burns, mental disorders, neurological disorders, victims of dementia, hearing loss, and
stroke victims. The state of Florida recognized her in 1982 for developing a driver education program designed exclusively
for persons with disabilities.
The youngest of three children, Ms. King grew up in a special-needs household. She holds a bachelor’s degree in
psychology from Jacksonville University. Now a full-time primary caregiver to her adult daughter, she enjoys gardening,
crafting, cooking, music, and reading. Mary King writes freelance articles on a wide variety of topics. She lives in west
Florida and dedicates much of her time to The McFadden Series.