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24. Dec, 2017

Yet to be titled, I am in the very early stages of writing my third novel... 

Freelance investigative journalist Jack Compton who is now in his 50s is on the trail following the murder in Gozo, Malta of Suzanne Camilleri, his good friend and former colleague at the now defunct News of the World.

Jack believes she was in receipt of recent evidence which would expose the biggest conspiracy in UK Government history. He’s out to unravel the Maltese connection and make sense of why she was killed so brutally.

An explosive, psychological thriller, with a paranormal twist, it is envisaged that the book will be ready for publication sometime early in 2019.

23. Nov, 2017

Once again, I have to say a big thank you to my good friends at the Woking News & Mail for publishing this article in the 23 November edition...   

AUTHOR Mal Foster was at the Crown pub in Knaphill last Thursday (16th November) to sign copies of his new paranormal novel.

Fly Back and Purify which has already gone in to a second edition is set in the Woking area in 1994. It has reached No.1 in the Lulu.com general fiction chart and recently gained a top ten placing in Amazon’s Kindle urban fiction chart.

“I felt quite apprehensive about coming out and promoting the book, mainly because following the success of The Asylum Soul with a second novel was always going to be a bit of a challenge. In the end I needn’t have worried. I sold all the copies and received some very positive comments about both books for which I am extremely grateful.” Mal told the News & Mail.

The book-signing event also included the presentation of a cheque for £100 to Fay Kearly, day centre manager of Woking’s homeless charity, the York Road Project.

The money was the full royalties from a number of copies of the first edition of Fly Back and Purify.

“The York Road Project has become an important part of the Woking community and I look forward to doing more for them in the future,” added Mal who lives in Knaphill. 

Article Courtesy: Woking News & Mail

15. Sep, 2017

The October 2017 issue of top UK writing mag Writing Magazine carries a piece on my second novel Fly Back and Purify. Here you can read the article in full.

'I believe there is a valuable therapeutic benefit to be gained from writing and this is something that I have always used as a way of coping with life’s often unpredictable challenges,' says author Mal Foster. 'Whilst writing my second novel Fly Back and Purify I experienced one of the most beautiful periods of my life, quickly followed by perhaps my darkest ever spell.  Seeing the light of day is something we all take for granted so it’s quite ironic and unnerving that I have inadvertently chosen the backdrop of mental-health for both of my novels so far.

My first novel The Asylum Soul is set in 1929 and tells the story of a young man who was incarcerated because he had a simple speech defect which these days would be easily treated through elocution therapy. Fly Back and Purify is set some years later in 1994 and tells the tale of young local journalist Jack Compton. 

Jack is now back at work at the ‘fictitious’ Woking Tribune following a psychological meltdown brought on by his marriage split from the wayward Kazkia. He’s then seduced by the newspaper’s editor Nancy Salem who is described as a scruffy, man-eating, chain-smoking eccentric.

Eventually Jack gets his big break after an unusual incident occurs at a local railway station and he’s sent to investigate. What happens next is a ‘Pandora’s Box’ of implosion that will either make or break him. An event so strange that even those around him cannot explain or comprehend. But with Jack... is it all just a state of mind? 

Some of the key characters in the new book are the descendants of those in The Asylum Soul which connects the two titles.'

Fly Back and Purify came out in July and is available in both paperback and e-book formats from Amazon.co.uk or from Mal's own website at www.malfoster.co.uk

Reproduced Courtesy: Writing Magazine

11. Aug, 2017

Very, very special thanks to my colleagues at the Woking News & Mail for publishing this article in the 10 August edition...

A new book by Knaphill author Mal Foster has just been published. Psychological/paranormal drama Fly Back and Purify is the writer’s second novel.

It has already reached No.1 in the Lulu.com general fiction chart and has attracted a number of five star reviews at Amazon.co.uk and elsewhere.

A delighted Mal (pictured above) says, “Following the success of my previous novel, The Asylum Soul, I was always a little apprehensive about releasing my second title. I needn’t have worried though; early feedback has been very kind and I’m pleased that readers are connecting with the characters in the book. To gain a No.1 chart placing is obviously a very pleasant surprise and I am extremely grateful to everyone who has bought the book so far.”

Mal, 60, who has lived in Knaphill since 1988 is a writer of historical, psychological and paranormal fiction. He is also a News and Mail freelance contributor.

Fly Back and Purify tells the story of a young local journalist who returns to his job at the (fictitious) Woking Tribune after a twelve week period away. 

In July 1994 he gets his big break. An ‘unusual incident’ occurs at Brookwood railway station and he’s sent to investigate.  

What happens next is a Pandora’s Box of implosion that will either make or break him. An event so strange that even those around him cannot explain or comprehend. But with Jack... is it all just a state of mind?'

Fly Back and Purify by Mal Foster whose debut The Asylum Soul accumulated numerous five star reviews on Amazon and at Goodreads is now available from lulu.com and amazon.co.uk in both paperback and Kindle formats or can be ordered from all good shops.

 

Article Courtesy: Woking News & Mail   

2. Aug, 2017

Mal Foster is a 60-year-old writer from Surrey, England. His debut novel ‘The Asylum Soul’ remains on the fringes of success and a second book, ‘Fly Back and Purify’ has just been published... writes Kathy Kelso

The last time I met with Mal Foster was in London towards the end of the last century after he had self-effacingly labelled himself as ‘A Poet of the Ordinary Man’. Following the publication of his debut novel The Asylum Soul in May 2015 a new tag, ‘Accidental Author’ springs to mind. He recently went on record saying... “If anyone had said to me that I would one day write a novel I would have politely laughed in their face. I haven’t got the patience to read a book from cover to cover, let alone write one. It’s all been a bit of an accident really.”

The last couple of years have been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for Mal, both with his writing and in his personal life. In December 2015 he was contacted via email by Los Angeles based literary agent Mathilde Vullermoz with suggestions of a major book deal and film rights after she had seen an article featuring The Asylum Soul in the UK’s best selling writing monthly, Writing Magazine. Unfortunately nothing has yet progressed but Mal’s title is still ‘bubbling under’ as they say.

Mal has also had his ups and downs in his personal life and following the breakdown of his marriage in 2014 for a while at least he felt that things were on the up...

“After my last marriage went wrong I felt very bitter and I didn’t really feel comfortable with my own demeanour. After months of self-scrutiny I realised that I had probably betrayed myself. I didn’t adhere to my own principles and I certainly hadn’t learnt from any of my previous mistakes. Time to finally move on, get my life back on track and stop treading on egg shells I thought..."

"For a while I was lucky enough to have a wonderful new partner in my life who I could trust; a young, pretty and intelligent Italian lady. For once I felt appreciated and that certainly helped with my writing. I believe you need to be happy to write well. You need a clear mind with no negative distractions and that I think helps encourage inspiration. Unfortunately the relationship didn’t last and once again I found myself in tatters but this time I was also close to the brink. It was the worst possible feeling. Good friends picked me up and helped me to dust myself down.”

So what now for Mal? He’s been working part-time as a freelance journalist for a local newspaper since 2016 and a new novel, Fly Back and Purify has already reached No.1 in the Lulu Top 100 general fiction chart and gained five star ratings on Amazon and elsewhere...

“What’s happened is a bit ironic really. I had already started writing the new book which is a psychological/paranormal drama. It’s set in a newspaper office in Woking in 1994, then in September last year after a chance meeting with the now former editor of the Woking News and Mail I joined them as a freelance reporter.”

The new book tells the story of young local journalist Jack Compton. Jack is now back at work at the fictitious Woking Tribune following a ‘mental health episode’ brought on by his marriage spilt from the wayward Kazkia. He’s then seduced by the newspaper’s editor Nancy Salem who is described as a scruffy, man-eating, chain-smoking eccentric. Eventually Jack gets his big break after an unusual incident occurs at a railway station and he’s sent to investigate. What happens next is a ‘Pandora’s Box’ of implosion that will either make or break him. An event so strange that even those around him cannot explain or comprehend. But with Jack... is it all just a state of mind? Fly Back and Purify is out now and is available in paperback and e–formats through Amazon, Barnes & Noble. Lulu.com and other outlets.

Mal says... “You often hear of musicians who fear that their second album may not be received by critics as well as their first, the same must happen with authors and their books so it really is just a case of ‘Publish and be Damned’. I guess I just need to be a bit more confident when it comes to getting my writing out there.”

His debut The Asylum Soul has attracted numerous 5 Star reviews and in July 2015 reached No.3 in the Amazon historical fiction chart. Mal is always exploring alternative publishing platforms and says...

“Amazon is okay; tried and tested so to speak but the Kindle KDP system is allegedly short-changing its authors. If I can find a better way to get my work into the public domain and attract more sales then I’ll be happy. Most of all I would like people to be able to access my books and continue to enjoy my work. I guess that’s what makes all this worthwhile.”

You can find out more about this author at: www.malfoster.co.uk  

 

Courtesy: Kathy Kelso

NLD Literary Consultant [US] 

 

Kathy Kelso is the Assistant Editor at the 'New Literary Digest', a brand new online subscription only magazine. Kathy, a seasoned journalist and columnist in her own right believes in encouraging other writers to share their creativity and talents and strives to support and promote those authors who she believes sit on the fringe of mainstream success. Previously a freelance journalist writing for various UK publications she moved from her native London to New York City in 2002 to work as a literary editor and agent. She is currently studying and writing a commentary on the therapeutic use of writing to combat issues with mental health. Her most recent work studies drug addiction, recovery and the use of creative writing as a form of natural healing.