Antonia Malchik

Location Hudson Valley, NY
Occupation wrtier/editor/mum

About Me

My essays have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Walrus, The Vancouver Courier, The MacGuffin, and The Jabberwock Review, among other publications, and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. For four years (2006 – 2010) I wrote twice-weekly essays, book reviews, and blog entries related to the travel and travel writing world for the award-winning magazine Perceptive Travel, and I currently co-write the blog Pooplosophy: Mothers with Brains.

I now live in New York's Hudson Valley with my husband, son, daughter, four cats, and itinerant goats, and am currently working on To the Bone, the first of a series of mystery novels featuring travel writer Lee Hansen and her half-sister, mathematician Nikki Towner.

Why do you write?

Same answer most writers give: I write because I have to. Can't help it. I have tried to quit, contemplated giving up after slews of rejections, but each time I know, more certainly than I did before, that I would never stop writing, even if I were never to be published again.

Inspiration comes most easily with travel, a strong sense of place, wherever it happens to be. I love to write while in transit.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Jane Austen, J.K. Rowling, Fyodr Dostoevsky, Laurie King, Nevada Barr, L.M. Montgomery, Dorothy L. Sayers, Nikolai Gogol, Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Gaskell, Haruki Murakami, J.R.R. Tolkien, Turgenev ...

Mostly, I love a good story, well told. The authors above have written books that I read over and over. I want to be grabbed by a book, blown away by the writing, but also entertained, taken on an adventure, told something that's true.

Antonia Malchik's Wall

Jo Deurbrouck – Jun 20, 2011

Thanks for reading "How I learned what to pray for," Nia...don't suppose you have a better title idea, do you? I stink at titles.

Jo Deurbrouck – Nov 23, 2010

Post a (recent) story, Nia!

Antonia Malchik – Jul 17, 2010

I haven't read that yet, John. Thanks for the recommendation! I've read 2 novels, and had an elongated driveway moment listening to one of his stories ("Little Green Monster"?) on Selected Shorts. Spellbinding.

John Gorman – Jul 16, 2010

I am a huge Murakami fan. Ever read "South of the Border"? I highly recommend it. One of my favorite stories is "Lederhosen"

Antonia Malchik – Jun 18, 2010

Thanks Darryl, good to be here!

Darryl Price – Jun 18, 2010

I'm glad you're with us.

Antonia Malchik – Jun 17, 2010

Thanks Robert! The stories here are just fabulous, can't wait to read more.

Robert Vaughan – Jun 17, 2010

Welcome to Fictionaut, Antonia! Jump right in...and enjoy.

Antonia Malchik – Jun 16, 2010

Thanks for the invite, Jane! Good to be here.

Jane Hammons – Jun 16, 2010

Welcome, Antonia! Your concept for the novel series sounds really interesting. I share your connection to sense of place.

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