Michael J Malone

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Michael J. Malone

Michael Malone is a poet and crime novelist who was born and brought up in the heart of Robert Burns’ country, just a stone’s throw from the great man’s cottage in Ayr. He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. 

Michael has a Certificate in Life Coaching and studied as a facilitator with the Pacific Institute. He is an experienced workshop leader/creative writing lecturer to writers’ groups, schools and colleges as well as a personal coach and mentor. 

He is a former Faber and Faber regional sales manager, and has judged and critiqued countless poetry, short story and novel competitions for a variety of organisations, and for a number of years was the Scottish correspondent for Writers’ Forum. As a freelance editor he has edited and mentored writers in a variety of genres.

Michael’s crime novels include Dog Fight (2017), Bad Samaritan (2016), A Suitable Lie (2016) and Beyond the Rage (2015). His thriller The Guillotine Choice is the true story of an innocent man’s time in the notorious Devil’s Island penal colony, co-written with the protagonist's son, Bashir Saoudi.


Interviewed 02 September 2017

Ten words to sum up your working life to date ...

A mix of occupations – some dreadful, some exciting, all educational.

Nine things you can see from where you're sitting ...

Bob the dog. My son. Sofa. TV. Smart phone. Bookcase. Half-eaten apple. Notepad that I use to jot ideas in for my current work-in-progress. Mug of coffee.

Eight minutes to prepare a meal. What's it going to be ?

Tuna salad.

Seven people you'd like to go for a drink with ...

Do they have to be alive? Henrik Larsson. Mohammed Ali. Nelson Mandela. Barack Obama. Denise Mina. Venus Williams. William McIlvanney.

Six things you can't live without ...

Family. Family dog. Coffee. Reading. Writing. Food.

Five favourite words ...

Numpty. Chocolate. Drookit. Bawbag. Scrumptious

Four places you'd run away to ...

Paris. The Cote d’Azur. Anywhere in Italy. The Highlands of Scotland.

Three books you've bought recently ...

Men Like Air – Tom Connolly
The Trespasser – Tana French
The Jealous Kind – James Lee Burke

Two things that make you rant ...

Politicians telling lies – so, that’s a constant, right?
Intolerance.

One thing you'd tell your teenage self ...

Have some belief – everything will work out OK.