A tale of two writers…and an editor

Paul D. Dail was born in upstate New York and has lived in Colorado, Oregon, Georgia, Utah, Montana and even a brief stint in Hawaii.

Writing has always been his passion, and while he will quickly tell you that the people he has met in the many places that he has traveled have been the best schooling he could get, Paul received his formal education in English with a Creative Writing emphasis at the University of Montana, Missoula.

In the years that followed, he has used the power of words to inspire, entertain, inform and even scare his readers…all depending on the day.

Truth is sometimes stranger: the nonfiction writer

PDail2Paul’s first professionally published piece of creative nonfiction was a piece about the birth of his daughter in the Reader’s Write section of The Sun Magazine.

Since then, he has done everything from blogging for a defense attorney to writing lead-generating content for Adobe.

His creative nonfiction has appeared in The Sun Magazine, Writer’s Digest, Elan Woman and Etched magazine.

Currently Paul is an editor for a regional news outlet in southern Utah.

View Paul’s full portfolio at pauldail.contently.com.

The darker side of the page

Paul is also the author of The Imaginings, a supernatural/horror novel, as well as other short stories.

His collection of flash fiction, Free Five, spent over three years in Amazon’s top 50 horror short stories since its publication in 2012.

(Full catalog available at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords)

* If you have a little time to kill and really want to delve into the gray matter, the author would recommend his following two posts:

“Why do I like to write horror stories?”

“My own Works Cited list: 10 books that have inspired me.”

7 thoughts on “A tale of two writers…and an editor

  1. H. Douglas Shepherd 05/10/2011 — 3:17 pm

    Hey Paul,

    If I remember correctly – and that is always a dubious proposition – I think that the late, great, triggering town, writer Richard Hugo taught at Missoula in the CW Department a few decades ago. Does that sound about right?
    Good luck!

    1. You do remember correctly. Actually in the English building was a great photograph of him blown up to almost actual size and framed. In one hand he’s holding a glass of presumably a bourbon or whiskey, and if MY memory serves correctly, he has a cigar in the other.

  2. Paul, just read ” The terrible Old Mr. Roogs, part one…It triggered a memory of my old Social Studies teacher ( minus cell phone of course) . You have served the appetizer of words and I look forward to reading more of your writings..My writing passion is reflecting on past/present relationships with the world in general ,as to the choices and decisions we made or still make and how we view the consequences of said choices….using humor to soften the blow ! Thank you for sharing your world of words..weedbychoice…kjforce

    1. kjforce, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Glad you liked Part One. Hope to see you back for Part Two. The description of what you’re passionate about sounds fascinating. I’ll have to click and see if you have a blog. Otherwise, feel free to leave one in the comments.

  3. you can read more some of my stories /articles at kjforce.wordpress.com or check out excerpts from my latest book @ http://www.scribd.com/doc/70351168/Whatever-I-m-Still-Here
    look forward to hearing from you…can hardly wait for part two…

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