Author and Poet of the Ordinary Man
Born in Farnham, Surrey in 1956, Mal Foster is a writer of historical, paranormal and psychological fiction. In May 2015 he published his first historical fiction novel, ‘The Asylum Soul’ which attracted many five star reviews at Amazon.co.uk and elsewhere. The book which has twice been featured in Writing Magazine has also attracted the attention of the LA based publishing agent Mathilde Vullermoz who attempted to clinch a major publishing and/or Film/TV series deal, although unfortunately "that rather unexpected proposition" as Mal calls it, never bore fruition.
His much anticipated second novel, ‘Fly Back and Purify’, a paranormal/psychological drama was published in July 2017 and reached No.1 in the Lulu.com General Fiction Chart while the Kindle version achieved a top ten position on Amazon in October 2017.
In December 2017 he received a NY Literary Magazine nomination for its 'Best Story Award'.
Mal is also a widely published poet and has recently worked as a freelance journalist. As a poet he won three young poet awards in the mid 1980s, and a number of his poems have since appeared in various newspapers, magazines and periodicals and on the internet.
In 2007 his poem ‘The Wedding’ appeared in ‘Poetry Unlocked’ an Australian anthology published for secondary school students as part of their English Literature exam curriculum, something which has always amused Mal as he had left school as a fifteen-years-old without any formal qualifications.
He is a big fan of progressive rock music but turns to the late Canadian singer/songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen when pressed about who and what inspires him.
A firm believer of all things spiritual, he currently lives in Knaphill, near Woking in Surrey.