Paula Treick DeBoard is a reader, writer, drinker of strong coffee and an all-around slave to public education. She wrote her first novel when she was nine years old, in the back seat of an orange 1977 Chevy Caprice station wagon with wood paneling. It was exactly as good as you might expect a novel written by a nine-year-old to be.
In the intervening years, Paula majored in English, taught junior high and high school English, earned an MFA in Fiction Writing from the University of Southern Maine, and discovered a passion for staring at a laptop screen for long hours.
These days, she splits her time between teaching (at the University of California, Merced), chatting about writing whenever she has a chance, and doing the writing itself. Her novels include THE DROWNING GIRLS, THE FRAGILE WORLD and THE MOURNING HOURS.
Her heart --- and her remaining spare time --- belongs to Will and their four-legged brood.