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.
Paula Treick DeBoard recommends
The Weight of Lies (2017)
"Filled with twists and turns and simply unputdownable, The Weight of Lies weaves deftly between past and present-day secrets. Carpenter’s spellbinding tale, part mystery and part Southern Gothic thriller, will keep readers hooked until the final page."
Hanna Who Fell from the Sky (2017)
"Compelling and provocative, Meades weaves elements of magical realism into his poignant coming-of-age tale. In Hanna, readers will find a new heroine, one who uncovers the secrets of her repressive society as she journeys toward self-discovery."
Watch Me (2018)
"Mesmerizing and provocative, Watch Me is a riveting tale of a writer, her student, and an obsession that has gone too far. Page by page, Gehrman turns up the tension on a story that is intricately plotted and impossible to put down."
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