About

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F.C. Malby lived in Vienna, Austria, for eight years and previously worked as a portrait photographer and a teacher. She has travelled widely, teaching English in the Czech Republic, the Philippines and London. Her short fiction has been longlisted in The New Writer Magazine Annual Prose and Poetry Prizes, came Highly Commended in the TSS Publishing micro fiction contest, and won the Litro Magazine Environmental Disaster Fiction Competition. She was a runner-up in the Lunate Fiction competition, longlisted in Ad Hoc Fiction and was nominated by Spillwords Journal for their Publication of the Month in July 2020.

F.C. Malby’s debut novel, Take Me to the Castle, won The People’s Book Awards. She is also a contributor to Unthology 8 (Unthanks Books), reviewed as, “some of the best writing around,” and Hearing Voices: The Litro Anthology of New Fiction, along side Pulitzer prize winner, Anthony Doerr. It has been described as containing, “some of the most exciting and unique new voices to have appeared in modern fiction over the last few years.”

Her debut short story collection, My Brother Was a Kangaroo, includes award-winning stories. Her work has also been published online in Litro Magazine, The Puffin Review, Ether Books, Spontaneity Magazine, 1000 Words, Flash Fiction Magazine, Paragraph Planet, Flash Flood Journal, The Puffin Review, Vending Machine Press, Friday Flash Fiction, Ellipsis Zine, The Drabble, Spelk Fiction, Fictive Dream and Train Lit Magazine, Who Writes Short Shorts, 121 Words, Spillwords, Synaeresis, Mojave Heart Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, Ad Hoc Fiction, Mystery Tribune, Virtualzine and Cabinet of Heed, Reflex Press, Burnt Breakfast, Lunate Fiction, Fully Lit Magazine.

She has given book readings at the Unthank Books launch of Unthology 8 at The Library in Norwich, and in locals schools and book groups, including a young carers group in Suffolk. Please get in touch for book readings and group discussions.

F.C. Malby has completed her second second novel, a crime thriller set in Europe and is working towards a second short story anthology. She likes music, art, reading, baking, skiing and travel, and her favourite places are coffee shops and art galleries. She wrote most of her first novel in Viennese cafes, including the iconic Cafe Central. She now lives in the South East by the coast and finds inspiration for stories from beach walks.

“We travel because distance and difference are the secret tonic to creativity.” Jonah Lehrer