Katherine Mayfield


A former actress who appeared Off-Broadway and on the daytime drama Guiding Light, Katherine Mayfield is the author of "The Box of Daughter: Overcoming a Legacy of Emotional Abuse," a guide to recovery from bullying, "Bullied," several books on recovery from dysfunctional families, a book of essays, "The Meandering Muse," and two books on the acting business: "Smart Actors, Foolish Choices" and "Acting A to Z", both published by Back Stage Books. Her short story, The Last Visit, which is based on the last time she visited her father in hospice care, won the Honorable Mention award in the 2011 Warren Adler Short Story Contest. "The Box of Daughter" is based on the title poem in her book of poems, "The Box of Daughter and Other Poems."

Publication credits include Dance Teacher Now magazine, Dance Spirit magazine, The Significato Journal online, Sasee magazine, The Women’s Times, the Greenfield Recorder, Fiftyshift.com, and WomensMemoirs.com.

Ms. Mayfield pursued a professional acting career in her twenties and thirties, performing Off-Broadway, in Hal Hartley’s first film, The Unbelievable Truth, and on the daytime drama Guiding Light. She teaches writing in Maine.

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The Last Visit
Price: Free! Words: 3,130. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Essay » Literature
This award-winning short story is based on the author's final visit with her 92-year-old father when he was in hospice care. An excerpt from the author's memoir, "The Box of Daughter," is also included. After growing up in a dysfunctional family and caregiving for her emotionally abusive parents for more than seven years, the author began an inspiring journey to freedom after they passed away.
The Box of Daughter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 73,280. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
The Box of Daughter is an eloquent, compassionate portrayal of the author’s quest to heal from the strain of coping with a dysfunctional family and rediscover her authentic self.

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