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He is best known for his best-selling works of fiction, which include Handling Sin (1983) and Foolscap (1991) as well as the murder mystery First Lady (2001). He is proud of his Piedmont heritage, and set his novel First Lady there.
Malone is also famous for his very successful stint with writing the soap opera One Life to Live. He wrote the series from 1991 to 1995 and garnered much critical acclaim for his storylines, especially one involving the tight bond between an ostracized gay teenager and a preacher. His next soap writing job, on Another World in 1997, was ballyhooed and proved to be much less popular. He returned to write One Life to Live in 2003 and 2004.
While writing One Life to Live who wrote a novel called The Killing Club which was tied into the show. For months viewers watch Marcie Walsh (Kathy Brier) write the book and her friend helped the story progress. Finally the book was published in February 2004 under the name Marcie Walsh and Michael Malone. To explain this Marcie said that she took the book to "Professor Malone" at Lainview University who helped her re-write it. After Malone's departure from the show Dena Higley continued this storyline as a copycat serial killed murdered characters on the show exactly as occurred in the book.
In its first week of publication The Killing Club went to #16 on the New York Times bestseller list for Hardback Fiction. It later rose to #11.
Also see Malone, Michael
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