Paul Backalenick - Mystery & Suspense Writer

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Paul Backalenick - mystery and suspense author
Paul and his wife, artist Karen Loew, at a Coast Guard reception


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I became a writer for the same reason I studied psychology in college. Both were attempts to understand myself, as the product of a particular family, in a particular place and time.  As a fiction writer, I am really exploring my own motives, thoughts and behavior, through my characters. They wrestle with moral dilemmas, just as I do. And there is always something else of me in every one of them, exaggerated in many cases, singled out as a dominant trait, but some part of my personality is lodged in each. Have I come to know myself better this way? Maybe, but regardless, I believe drawing on my own traits adds believability to my characters and makes them more interesting for me to work with.

Nature is my first love. I am a Southern New Englander. My roots are there. I love the woods, the ponds and fields of New England. I was born in Boston and grew up in Westport, Connecticut, moving there at age five. I went to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island for my Bachelor’s degree and later received graduate degrees from Boston University and Boston College. So I was 100 percent New England, until 1993 when I moved to Manhattan. One has to make a living and I supported myself in Information Technology. It took a long time to get to a point where I could afford to devote myself fully to writing. I always wrote a little, a poem, a short story, articles here and there, but only since 2014 have I dedicated myself fully to writing novels.

I have completed three books in the mystery/suspense genre (Empty Luck, Development and Carrie’s Secret). I would describe all three as suspenseful moral tales.

I am married to Karen Loew, a wonderful artist, and life partner. We have a big apartment in Upper Manhattan, where she has room to paint and I have room to write. The parks, trees and wildlife nearby thankfully still allow me a glimpse of nature.