Author Michael Mallen recently released his captivating debut novella, Bad Habit: God help her. Featuring a strong female lead and the intrigue of a life lost, Bad Habit is an engaging read with themes of self-advocacy, courage, and absolution.
Bad Habit follows Nadine, a woman wrapped up in an unsolved murder who enters the Order of the Holy Sisters for a chance at refashioning herself. Though hoping to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the troubling thought that one person at the crime could identify her. Nadine, realizing that the only way to find peace is to lay the murder to rest, takes a leave of absence from the Order to track down the one man standing between her and a new life.
Bad Habit is perfect for fans of fast-paced thrillers and books that trend towards the noir genre. Mallen hopes that his work will uplift readers and encourage them to pursue their passions regardless of the obstacles. Reviewers applaud Mallen’s descriptive prowess and his ability to craft fully developed, relatable characters. Praise for the pacing, plot, and stylistic choices in Bad Habit highlights the depth of this noteworthy novella.
In reflecting on his work, Mallen notes that he often drew upon his own experiences and real-life situations to add a realistic flavor to the text. Drawn to the idea of a redemption arc set against the backdrop of a murder, Mallen was inspired in part by the evergreen wisdom of writer George Eliot: “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”
Michael Mallen became interested in the arts at an early age. He began studying classical guitar at the age of ten and later toured with several prominent rock bands. After a lifelong love of reading and literature, Mallen turned his talents to writing. He released his debut novella, Bad Habit: God help her, in late February 2021.