Malcolm used to be a Lecturer in Chemistry but now writes crime stories and thrillers for young people. Both scientists and authors have to be creative and keen to write up their work. Chemists add chemicals together, brew them up a bit and investigate what happens. Malcolm mixes fictional characters, stirs in a bit of conflict and investigates what happens. Both can be colourful or explosive. Because science is always advancing, it provides an endless source of new ideas for a novelist. Malcolm is happiest when his crime stories are dripping in gruesome forensic science and his bad guys are using terrible poisons.