Mala Burt’s first career was as a clinical social worker with national recognition as an expert in working with stepamilies. In that capacity she appeared in print and on many TV shows, including Oprah. Her non-fiction has been published by Doubleday (What’s Special About Our Stepfamily), Bruner/Mazel (Stepfamilies: The Step By Step Model of Brief Therapy) and The Stepfamily Association of America (Stepfamilies Stepping Ahead). Her first novel, A Dream Across Time, won a Foreward Magazine “Book of the Year” award, as did the sequel, A Circle of Dreams. Mother of four grown children, she is an avid gardener. When not at her computer, may be found weeding the gardens around her St. Michaels, Maryland home where she lives with her husband. She may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mala currently writes with Laura Ambler, a member of the Writers Guild of America East and the Dramatists Guild. Laura is the produced screenwriter of The White Pony, Roger Corman’s biggest selling family film to date. She has been multiply optioned including WB and Village Roadshow.
Together they wrote a Young Adult novel, Big Skye Ranch, which won awards at the Paris and London Book Festivals, an IPPY Award, and a National Indie Excellence Award. The book also was a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.
Their play, The Santa Diaries, was first produced in Maryland in 2012 and has been produced in other states each holiday season since.
Both are long time members of the Eastern Shore Writers Association and live and write on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. They are self-professed foodies and have the attention span of squirrels to which their patient husbands can attest.
Visit them at amblerburt.com.