R. L. Malone

While I wasn’t born and raised in a sleepy, little Southern town like Granville, the setting for Where Robins Sing, I was born and bred in the South, Memphis, Tennessee to be exact. However, the church my father pastored was located there in Lauderdale County, which is the general vicinity of the fictional town of Granville, Tennessee. So, the mannerisms, customs, speech patterns and Southern Baptist religiosity were all a part of what I witnessed and experienced as a boy. My play aunt and uncle actually lived in Ripley.

In high school, I played trumpet in the marching band. After high school, I attended the University of Memphis—Memphis State University at the time—before transferring to Tennessee State University in Nashville, where I obtained a Bachelor of Science in English Literature. Afterwards, I studied at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, where I earned a Master of Science in Technical Writing and wrote for the school newspaper and Seattle Pacific University, where I earned a Master of Arts in Education.

I currently call the Dallas-Fort Worth area home, where I make my living as a technical writer. In addition to writing fiction, I like reading good fiction, as well as ballroom dancing (Swing and Salsa), listening to jazz, creating music videos, watching film noir movies and occasionally mentoring youth. Some of my favorite writers are James Patterson, John Updike, John Grisham and Dean Koontz. 

Lastly, I hope you enjoy my novel, Where Robins Sing!