Paul Backalenick is the author of psychological mystery and suspense novels, most recently Carrie’s Secret, published in 2020. The book was praised as “surprising” and “an engaging mystery” (Kirkus Reviews). In it, a teenage psychiatric patient bears a terrible secret. She feels it is too dangerous to reveal it, yet withholding it may destroy her family and send the wrong man to prison for life. Paul is always interested in his characters’ psychological motives and consequent behaviors and these aspects are woven into all his books.
Paul graduated from Brown University where he served as the editor of and a contributor to the school’s literary magazine. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and went on to obtain two graduate degrees, an MEd from Boston University and an MBA from Boston College. He worked in psychiatric and rehab facilities for a number of years before becoming an information technology strategy consultant and eventually founding and running a web development and Internet marketing company, which he sold in 2018.
Originally from New England, Paul grew up in Westport, Connecticut where his first novel, Development, takes place. He now lives in New York City with his wife, artist Karen Loew. He is currently hard at work on his third novel, a mystery set in Las Vegas, tentatively titled Empty Luck.
Paul and his wife, artist Karen Loew, at a Coast Guard reception