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I’m excited to introduce my new novel, The Empty Cell. It’s about a 1947 lynching, and how it changed the lives of four people in Greenville, South Carolina.
The Empty Cell by Paulette Bates Alden
A historical-literary novel, The Empty Cell follows four characters whose lives are upended by a lynching and trial in South Carolina in 1947 as they search for their own forms of freedom during the Jim Crow fifties up to the early days of the civil rights movement.
Feeding the Eagles
Feeding the Eagles is about loyalty and honesty, attachment to people and place, love and the inevitable losses of life.
Crossing the Moon
A woman’s struggle to have a child yields a joyful surprise- the birth of a new self.
The Answer to Your Question
After raising her son as a single parent, Inga Daudelin, reserved and steady, has accepted her somewhat lonely, quiet life, until she is blind-sided when her son is accused of the murders of four young women.
Unforgettable: Short Stories
The nine stories in UNFORGETTABLE: SHORT STORIES are about the presence of the past, the power of memory, and the enduring nature of love.
Paulette's Craft Articles
During my years of writing and teaching, I’ve written many pieces about what I’ve learned, especially from other writers, about the art and craft of writing. I hope you’ll find something of interest here.
A Writer Learns about Creative Process from Two Artists: Hopper and O’Keeffe
“So much of every art is an expression of the […]
Examining a Passage from The Goldfinch
I posted earlier on the brilliant, beautiful novel The Goldfinch. […]