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

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  1. laniwendtyoung April 5, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    I can relate to that – reading because I too grew up in a small community where there wasnt much else to do! Im from Samoa, a small island nation in the Pacific where there is a strong sense of community and closeness, so I do enjoy that same feeling in a book. Alice Wells book sounds like my kind of read.
    Interesting author feature Betty!

  2. Alle Wells April 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Dear Bette,

    Thank you so much for featuring me on your beautiful, inspirational blog! You truly are a Southern Treasure!


  3. Marcia April 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Thanks, Bette and Alle for a great post. Even as a northerner, I enjoy the southern style stories and am a big fan of 20th century historical novels.
    I love learning about new authors and these books sound much like my favorite reads. Going to Amazon now to stack my TBR pile a little higher.

  4. Alle Wells April 9, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    Thank you so much, Marcia! I look forward to hearing what you think of my work! Enjoy!


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