Markie Madden


Marguerite, born August 19, 1975 in Midland, Texas, is the author of Once Upon a Western Way, Keeping a Backyard Horse, and My Butterfly Cancer. She is called Markie by family and friends. She grew up in Flushing, Michigan, where she began to write stories when she was a teenager. She married in 1994 and now has 2 teenage daughters. She has 3 rescue dogs and a horse whom she enjoys spending time with. She now resides in a small country town in Missouri, where she continues to write. She is also a cancer survivor, battling leukemia (AML) in 2013-2014. She hopes that her newest book, Keeping a Backyard Horse, will help prevent accidental mistreatment of horses, and help educate horse owners in taking care of their horse even on a budget. She raised and trained her horse Athena.

In 2014, she founded Metamorph Publishing as a way to self-publish her books, and she's now working with other indie authors as well. Her three books Once Upon a Western Way, Keeping a Backyard Horse, and My Butterfly Cancer are all available in print and for e-readers (My Butterfly Cancer is currently a Kindle exclusive), and she can also be found on GoodReads, Scribophile, Shelfari, and Wattpad, as well as many other social media such as Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Facebook, and more.

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I like to spend time with my family. This includes three dogs and my horse, Athena.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the e books I read come from authors I'm already reading in paper print. Especially after I moved to a very small town with little options for buying paper books.
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Where to find Markie Madden online

Where to buy in print


Metamorph Publishing
This is a slideshow I made to introduce Metamorph Publishing.


My Butterfly Cancer
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,830. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
My Butterfly Cancer is the shockingly harsh and honest look into a year in the life of a cancer patient. Walk with her as she takes the grueling trip from diagnosis to remission and beyond, to becoming an independently-published author. 20% of sales goes to cancer charities.
Keeping a Backyard Horse
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,150. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
Follow Athena the horse as she teaches you the basics of taking care of your horse. Even on a budget, it can be done!

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Smashwords book reviews by Markie Madden

  • Veiled Eyes on May 01, 2012

    I loved this book! It was a wonderful read. Excellent premise from the beginning, and the plot just kept twisting and kept the reader guessing! Would like to see more from these characters. Awesome job!
  • Smashwords Style Guide on Oct. 28, 2014

    This style guide was a complete blessing for me! It was so easy to get my formatting correct that my first book passed on the first try! And I knew next to nothing about Word! But I'd really like to see an updated edition: Word 2007 is impossible to find and Office 365 which I'm using now is very different! Nice job!