"I can’t ever remember not writing."

I'm in love with this language. English is a conundrum and I love its maze of fits and starts, its exceptions more than its rules, and its promise of influence, clarity and art.


Even as a child, pre-school, I would “dictate” stories to my mother to jot down on paper accompanied by my Crayola drawings. As a teenager, I fashioned morose, melodramatic poetry, ensuring everyone was aware of my angst. When I became an adult [?] I settled into more conventional writing that ultimately morphed into writing professionally for, among other things, food and shelter.

Writing is business, solitary and concentrated, a methodical and organic occupation--a business.
My muse? Well, hunger does it for me; include car insurance, a vacation, an HMO—you get the picture--but even more, a client's satisfaction and the occasional affirmation of a byline.

Warm regards from Boston,




Born in Boston (U.S.A.), D.V. Malcolm is a baby boomer, former U.S. Air Force wife (read: gypsy, nomad ) and unrepentant Anglophile. Having moved 20 times in 17 years, lived in England for nine, traveled the U.S. and Europe, she has finally hung her hat for the past 19 years in the Boston suburb of Braintree, just eight miles south of the capitol city.

A writer by profession, interior designer by vocation, and amateur anthropologist by default, she is the mother of one daughter and three (unashamedly adored) grandchildren. Family life and heritage is paramount to her. She works on the written word, spends time with family, researches everything she fancies, entertains, travels, "does" eBay, gets a kick out of British comedies, and is enjoying a revitalized midlife with her grandchildren.

Professional Background

1979 - Current
Freelance/Contract Writer, Journalist, Verbatim-Ink

Owner, chief writer, Hallmark Career Pros Writing Services, Boston, (formerly Career Pro of Copley Square)

Owner, publicist, Atelier Panache, Boston, an arts/antiques firm and artists' representative agency

Other Employment
Director of Communications, Massachusetts Family Institute, Boston

Internships Director, Alumni Newsletter Editor, Life/Work Skills Class Instructor, The Moving Ahead Program at St. Francis House Homeless Shelter, Boston

Features Writer, 'Around Town' Editor, Copy Editor, The Mariner-Community Newspapers-The Boston Herald, Boston

Copy Editor, Features Writer, The Patriot Ledger metro-Boston-south newspaper, Quincy, MA

Assistant SpEd/LD Adjunct, The Bicester School, Oxfordshire, England

University of Maryland, Heidelberg, Germany. ALA, English/Communications [minor, anthropology], 1985. [Oxford University Summer Sessions, Rewley House, through the University of Maryland satellite campus, Oxfordshire, England, 1982.]

LaSalle College, Shalimar, FL. AA, Interior Design and Decorative Arts, 1979.

Boston Author’s Club
Charter member, Boston Women Communicators
Professional Association of Resume Writers
American Writers and Artists Institute

Travel, art, antiques, interior design, historical preservation, genealogy, cultural anthropology, history, the medium of film, British comedy, reading, eBay, swimming, and doting on grandchildren.



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