VBD Author Spotlight: Marsha A. Malcolm

Victorious By Design is delighted to spotlight award-winning, bestselling author Marsha Malcolm and her new release, So Very… Max!


According to Marsha, “Since I never really expected to be a writer, it isn’t all that strange that I never envisioned myself as a children’s book writer. I am—and have always been—a reader. As a child, I fantasized about writing, but I never really expected anything to come of it until I had something that needed to be shared. Since I have terrible stage fright, I knew I couldn’t count on using my actual voice to speak, so I decided to write a book. My debut novel, “His Last Hope: A Contemporary Christian Romance” was self-published in July, 2015, and has been a real blessing to its readers. I know God used me to reach them, and I am humbled and amazed. The fact that it was named the Christian Small Publisher Romance Book of the Year 2016 was icing on the proverbial cake.

Its publication posed a very specific challenge, however; my son, who has been reading since the age of two, saw that I had written a novel, and became jealous that it wasn’t a book he could read (and believe me, he tried!). “When are you going to write a book for me?” he would ask. So I decided to give it a try. I’d read Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling” as a child and loved it, but when I read it with my son, I became concerned that everyone really began to appreciate the ‘ugly duckling’ only after he had been transformed into the beautiful swan. I wondered what would have become of him if he’d stayed… well… ugly. Would no one have learned to appreciate him? Would no one have seen his value? And that was when my character “Max” was born.

Max - Back cover

Max is a foal, but he’s also essentially the ‘duckling’ who would never blossom into a swan. He is the ‘duckling’ who needs to learn to appreciate himself, ‘flaws and all,’ and to see what no one else sees when they look at him. My children’s story So very… Max! explores the idea that the very things that make us ‘different’ from everyone else are also the things that make us ‘special.’ While it’s not necessarily about people with special needs, it can be seen as an invitation for families to begin a discussion about those who do have special needs. It also encourages readers to learn to love themselves rather than change in order to be like everyone else.”


Being Max isn’t easy. He’s just so different from every other foal at the farm. Momma Milly Mare protects her baby and showers him with tons of love, convinced that what makes him different is what makes him special. Sure of his mother’s love, Max still struggles with being stared at by disapproving eyes. When all the other foals find themselves in danger, it’s Max who triumphs and shows them what makes him So very… Max!


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Book Trailer

Theme Song – To the Max


Marsha A. Malcolm is a native of Jamaica, where she works as a copy editor, freelance administrative service provider and part-time educator. A wife and mother, she believes “readers are leaders” and that children who enjoy reading have an automatic advantage in many areas of life. She wrote So very… Max! because her son asked her to write him a book, and she was only too happy to comply. She also publishes under the name M. A. Malcolm.







Thanks for stopping by, Marsha! It was great to have you. Congrats on your new release. Stay victorious!

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 Ann Marie Bryan

CEO & Founder of Victorious By Design

Author of the Encounters of the Heart  series





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  • September 16, 2016

    Hi, Ann-Marie and Marsha,

    Congrats on your new book, Marsha. I like the fact that So Very Max carries a positive message in the story. Here’s wishing you lots of success with this new book.

    • Ann Marie Bryan
      September 16, 2016

      Hi JL! So glad you popped by. On behalf of Marsha, thank you! Currently, I am reading “So Very…Max” and I love the message too. Have a great day!

    • September 16, 2016

      Thank you so much, J.L.! In times like these, our children need all the positive affirmations they can get.

  • Lyndon Grey
    September 15, 2016

    This a great blog entry as it not only provides a great synopsis of the book but also highlights the author in a personal and “approachable” way. Allows the reader to connect with the story by gaining a better understanding of the motivation. Nice job!

    • Ann Marie Bryan
      September 15, 2016

      Hi Lyndon! Thanks for your comments. I love this post too. It not only gives you the book info but it also lets you in on the author’s thought process as it relates to writing the book.

    • September 15, 2016

      Thank you so much, Lyndon! If I were to encapsulate the story in a few words, it would be, “It’s an ugly duckling story where the duckling stays ugly,” but that wouldn’t be quite right, either. We are all superbly beautiful in our own way!

  • September 15, 2016

    Happy to spotlight Marsha on our blog today. I have started to read “So Very… Max” and it’s simply beautiful. Grab a copy today!

    • September 15, 2016

      So glad to be featured today, Ann Marie!

      • Ann Marie Bryan
        September 16, 2016

        It was my pleasure. Stay victorious!

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