M.L. Malcolm loves to Skype and visit book clubs!
Although born in New York, M.L. Malcolm spent most of her childhood in Palmetto, a small town on the west coast of Florida consisting of 5,000 people and a guava jelly factory. Palmetto did not have a movie theater or a McDonald's. There was a library, however, and M.L. persuaded the librarians to waive the 5-book limit so she could check out a bicycle-basket full of books every week.
Her education gradually brought her back north, as she earned a B.A. and an M.A. in political science from Emory University in Atlanta, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in Boston.
M.L. Malcolm began her professional career as an attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. After practicing law for three years, M.L. determined that "she and the law were not meant for each other," and is now a self-described "recovering attorney."
As part of her recovery strategy, M.L. yielded to her entrepreneurial inclinations and took over a struggling travel agency in which she and her husband had invested. She ran the business successfully for several years before selling it to a larger company, then retired from the labor force in order to spend more time with her children, and to pursue her life-long ambition to become a writer. She also amassed an impressive hat collection (and yes, she does wear them).
M.L. has won several awards, including recognition in the prestigious Lorian Hemingway International Short Story Completion, and a silver medal from ForeWord magazine for Best Historical Fiction Book of the Year for 2009. "Heart of Lies" was chosen by the American Booksellers Association as an "Indie Pick" and a "Recommended Book Club Read" selection.
She and her family currently live in Washington, DC.