AWARD-WINNING WRITER OF WOMEN'S LIVES
Paula vW. Dail, PhD
Blogpost: Fiction as a Social Message:
Every little kid needs shoes...
Paula's first publication was a Letter to the Editor of the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper written when she was seven years old. In it she pleaded to spend the newspaper's annual Christmas fund donations to purchase shoes for the impoverished children of Hispanic migrant workers in California's Central Valley. On the Sunday before Christmas, the letter appeared on the newspaper's front page.
Later, after earning a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and entering into a career as an academic research professor of social welfare and public policy, she became widely published in the social sciences. She has received several awards for her feminist-oriented research, graduate teaching, and non-fiction writing. Her books have won two international book awards, an Independent Publishers Book Award, a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, a coveted Booklist Starred Review, and twice been named the Non-fiction Book of the Year by the Council for Wisconsin Writers. Currently, she writes a bi-monthly column addressing women's issues for Fifty-Plus - a Milwaukee-based newspaper, and is fairly successful in submitting Letters to the Editor and Op-Eds on contemporary issues to various other publications around the country. All of these are social justice-driven efforts inspired by Tikkun Olam - repairing the broken world we find ourselves living in.
A native Californian, she spent several years in a Catholic girls' boarding school but has not been an observant Catholic for most of her adult life. Ultimately, she abandoned Catholicism in favor of a spiritual and actual journey leading her closer and closer to her deeper Jewish roots, which she reverently embraces. She currently resides in the Great Lakes region of the Upper Midwest with her award-winning writer husband, their dog, and various other wildlife. "Fearless" is her tenth book.