Emma Palova (Konecna) born in former Czechoslovakia is a Lowell-based short story writer, novelist screenwriter, journalist, photographer and podcaster. She has received several awards for community reporting.
Palova wrote for Czechoslovak Newsweek and Prague Reporter in the 1990s. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Brno. Most recently, she worked as a reporter for the Lowell Ledger, and as a freelance writer for the Grand Rapids media.
Palova started an eclectic collection of “Shifting Sands Short Stories” during her studies of creative writing at the International Correspondence Schools in Montreal, and at the Grand Rapids Community College. The collection has now two books “Short Stories” and “Secrets.” Palova is working on the third book in the series.
She finished “Greenwich Meridian Memoir” at the height of the pandemic in November of 2020. It is a story about the Konecny family immigration saga from former Czechoslovakia to the USA on the backdrop of two major historic events: the 1968 Prague Spring and the 1989 Velvet Revolution led by late president Vaclav Havel.
Palova’s passion for writing dates back to the middle school in Stipa, near Zlin in Czech Republic.
“I’ve always had knack for languages and adventure,” she said. “Our family immigration saga has been a tremendous inspiration for all my writings.”
She completed book 1 “Shifting Sands: Short Stories” in the summer of 2017, book 2- Shifting Sands: Secrets in 2019.
In 2009, she wrote the screenplay “Riddleyville Clowns” ©Emma Palova inspired by a hometown clown parade. It is registered with the Writers Guild of America, West, Inc.
She became an American citizen on Aug. 19, 1999 at the Gerald R. Ford Museum. Her newest book “Greenwich Meridian Memoir” about the Konecny family immigration saga is slated for summer 2020 publication.
“I am deeply humbled by the opportunities this country has given to me,” she said.