Welcome to bad necklace — which gets its name because Mala means “bad” in Spanish and “necklace” in Bengali. (My Spanish fluency is questionable, but my Bengali is pretty decent!)

I’m a New York-based writer and editor who has worked primarily in entertainment journalism. I most recently finished up a gig as the Features Editor at RT Book Reviews. I spent seven years at Soap Opera Weekly and also worked with Soap Opera Digest and tween baby sister Pixie …which is why you will find posts entitled “Soap Opera Weekly: Blogging With Mala” here. Those are mirror posts for entries from my old industry blog, The Virtual Soapbox, which lived at

I write and speak in slang and frequently punctuate with four-letter words. Despite an English literature degree under my belt, I almost never read classic literature, postmodern literature or literature of any kind. For me, it’s all about romance novels and young adult books, and the sporadic comic book. (I wasn’t so sporadic in college, and the two boxes in my parents’ basement can bear witness.) I love shoot ‘em up movies and sci-fi but won’t say no to a Lifetime movie if it’s really, spectacularly, cheesy.

I’m a budding novelist, a definite feminist and I can always be counted on to speak — or blog — my mind!