Malcolm McConnell was born in Illinois and raised in Wisconsin. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged after one year. He attended the University of Wisconsin and after graduation he left Wisconsin at the young age of 21 to work for the State Department in Washington, DC as a Foreign Service Officer; he was placed in Africa for 8 years. At age 30 he resigned from the State Department and he and his wife Carol moved to Rhodes Island in Greece.
Mr. McConnell started his personal writing career and wrote two novels that were realistic spy stories. He states that he got his inspiration for his novels from his experience in Africa. Mr. McConnell and his wife returned to the United States where he taught creative writing at four different universities.
During the summer months he and Carol went to Greece and ran a charter sailboat company. In 1979 Mr. McConnell bought a used 31-foot sailboat in New York and renovated it. They then sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to Greece and many other countries. While in Greece they rented a house in Lindo’s Village and enjoyed life while he continued writing.
Mr. McConnell was a roving editor/writer for Reader’s Digest for 25 years. His work at Reader’s Digest allowed him to travel all over the world to cover a wide variety of stories. During this time he was able to visit Asia, Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Mr. McConnell has also written 24 books, covering subjects from the military, scientific subjects and the Mediterranean Diet. He wrote many of his books with his beloved wife, Carol. Carol sadly passed away in 2010. Mr. McConnell plans to begin work on another book in the near future and also plans to return to Greece.Back to the list of inductees