Paula Treick DeBoard
Paula Treick DeBoard is a reader, writer and all-around slave to the field of public education. She earned a B.A. in English from Dordt College in 1998 and thought, Ill teach high school English during the week and write fiction on the weekends a delusion which persisted for a decade, during which time she wrote exactly one short story. In 2010, she graduated from the University of Southern Maine with an MFA degree in Creative Writing (Fiction) and a rediscovered passion for staring at a laptop screen for long hours. Her fiction has since appeared in deCOMP, Cantaraville, The Shine Journal, Staccato Fiction and The Sycamore Review, where her short story Casualties placed second in the 2009 Wabash Prize for Fiction, judged by Tobias Wolff. In some cases, her work appeared in venues that have since closed although she is certain these two facts are unrelated.
No stranger to long-form writing, Paula wrote her first novels as a passenger in the backseat of a 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic station wagon, where her parents let her jostle around for thousands of miles unprotected by a seatbelt. Sadly, these books were lost to cross-country moves and spilled contraband cans of soda. The Mourning Hours, sold to Harlequin MIRA in a two-book deal, is her first novel to survive.
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