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.


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

About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.


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