Mary-Rose MacColl is the author of six novels, a non-fiction book, a memoir, short stories, feature journalism and essays.

Mary-Rose MacColl's first novel, No Safe Place, was runner-up in the Australian Vogel Literary Award. Her first non-fiction book, The Birth Wars, was a Finalist in the Walkley Awards for Journalism and in the Queensland Premier's Awards for Non-Fiction and for Science Writing. In Falling Snow and Swimming Home have both been published internationally, and Swimming Home won The Courier-Mail 2016 People's Choice Award.  For a Girl, which tells a story from Mary-Rose’s own life, was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for non-fiction.

The True Story of Maddie Bright, Mary-Rose’s latest novel, is not a true story.