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Paula Treick DeBoard


Paula Treick DeBoard

Paula Treick DeBoard is a writer, latte drinker and all-around slave to public education. Her first novels --- written in the back seat of a station wagon where her parent let her jostle around from California to Wisconsin and back, unprotected by a seat belt --- were sadly lost in one move or another. THE MOURNING HOURS is her first novel to survive. Previously, her writing has appeared in deCOMP, Cantaraville, The Shine Journal, Staccato Fiction and The Sycamore Review, where her short story "Casualties" placed second in the Wabash Prize, judged by Tobias Wolff. A recent graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine, she teaches composition at San Joaquin-Delta Community College in Stockton, California. When she isn't reading, grading stacks of essays or working on her second novel, Paula takes long walks with her husband and their beagle/child.

Paula's first novel, THE MOURNING HOURS, publlished in June 2013. THE FRAGILE WORLD, a story that explores how a family falls apart and comes together in the wake of tragedy, published in October 2014.

Photo Credit: Will DeBoard

Books by Paula Treick DeBoard

by Paula Treick DeBoard - Family Life, Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Ever since Liz McGinnis and her family moved in to the luxurious gated community, The Palms, she's felt like an outsider amongst the Stepford-like wives and their obnoxiously spoiled children. Yet underneath the glossy veneer of The Palms, life is far from idyllic. In a place where reputation is everything, Liz soon discovers that even the friendliest residents can't be trusted. Liz's relationships with both her daughter and husband grow strained. Now even her own family seems to be hiding things, and it's not long before their dream of living the high life quickly spirals out of control.

by Paula Treick DeBoard - Fiction

The Kaufmans have always considered themselves a normal happy family. But then they receive a phone call in the middle of the night that their son has been killed in a “freak” road accident. From this moment, the bonds tying them together begin to unravel, and things only get worse when the killer is released from prison early. Curtis packs his car up and takes his daughter on a journey to set things right.

by Paula Treick DeBoard - Fiction

Kirsten Hammarstrom hasn’t been home to her tiny corner of rural Wisconsin in years --- not since the mysterious disappearance of a local teenage girl rocked the town and shattered her family. Now, years later, a new tragedy forces Kirsten and her siblings to return home, where they must confront the devastating event that shifted the trajectory of their lives. Tautly written and beautifully evocative, THE MOURNING HOURS is a gripping portrayal of a family straining against extraordinary pressure, and a powerful tale of loyalty, betrayal and forgiveness.