APRIL IS ALL ABOUT AUTHORS AND THIS GAL IS A SOUTHERN READER’S FAVORITE
Okay, it goes without saying, I love Southern Fiction. I love the voice and the quirky, sometimes irreverent, attitude that is part of being from the South; but most of all, I love when I find a sassy new author that captures all of this in a fun-to-read novel. Alle Wells is just such an author. I love that she writes about the things she knows, so her books have a unique level of issue sensitivity, which can only come from heartfelt experience. After I read her first book, Lame Excuses, I contacted Alle and learned that she herself had at one time been a ‘Foodie’ so she well understood the challenges her protagonist faced. She knew all about moon pies and bottles of pop, and as a result her novel was incredibly authentic.
AND NOW, A FEW WORDS FROM AUTHOR ALLE WELLS…
The magic of the South and southern folklore intrigues people worldwide. The stories boys and girls listen to at the knee of an elder Southerner send us back to a slower, quieter time. I still remember the story my grandmother told me about the day the Yankees raided her grandmother’s plantation during Sherman’s march through the South. The magic of our region lives on through our stories.
I grew up in a rural southern town of 5,000 citizens where there wasn’t much to do, other than read. I cut my writing teeth on great southern works like The Sound And The Fury by William Faulkner, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriett Beecher-Stowe, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, Raney and Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton. I devoured anthologies of short stories written by Flannery O’Connor and Eudora Welty, and poetry by Reynolds Price.
I learned a lot about life sitting on the front porch reading and watching the cars go by. My writing is a collection of plots and characters derived from a lifetime of intuitive observation and a keen imagination. Approximately 100 pages, they vary in genre and time periods, but they are always southern. Each book tells the story of one life and how decisions, society, beliefs, and culture shape the outcome of that life. My stories are like life: funny, tragic, romantic, happy, and sad. The characters may remind the reader of a family member, a friend, an acquaintance or one’s own self.
ABOUT THE BOOK – Alle’s first novel, Lame Excuses, begins in the 1960s and follows the life of a southern woman with a food addition. Railroad Man, featured here, was released in December 2011. It is a historical romance set in the 1930s about a hard-working, responsible man who strives to please the women in his life. The Kindle version of either book is available on Amazon and can be had for just $.99 Click here for RAILROAD MAN