Photograph by Diana Moschitz
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, in slum communities in the Philippines and in London. Her short fiction has been longlisted in The New Writer Magazine Annual Prose and Poetry Prizes, won the Litro Magazine Environmental Disaster Fiction Competition and was highly commended in the TSS Publishing microfiction competition.
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, 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, 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 and 121 Words.
F.C. Malby is currently editing her third book, a second novel which is a psychological thriller set in Europe. She likes reading, 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.
“We travel because distance and difference are the secret tonic to creativity.” Jonah Lehrer