Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Idabel Allen But Were Afraid To Ask


Idabel Allen serves up the best in new home cooked Southern Literature in the tradition of Eudora Welty, Charles Portis, William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor. She is the author of Headshots, Cursed! My Devastatingly Brilliant Campaign to Save The Chigg and Rooted

Idabel has been published in Writer’s Digest, TripFictionWomen Writers, Women’s Books and featured in Southern Writers Magazine. Check out her interview in The Southern Literary Review.

Here I am

Here I am. Writing for you.

It may come as a surprise, but not to me. I’ve been writing for you for twenty-plus years. You just never knew until this very moment. Let me explain.

After work and supper and dishes and ball practice and bath and bedtime stories, I wrote. Turning my attention from the outer-world to that inner one that can feel just as real in many ways. I’ve crafted entire towns, flowing rivers, dirt roads and a dying planet. Created sons and daughters and punks and patriarchs. Children, dogs, and even a few redemption-seeking revenants. Dealt out unbearable pain, guilt and shame like some slick-haired poker dealer at a high stakes table.