Pam Bainbridge-Cowan writes speculative fiction. As Pamela Cowan she also writes mystery and suspense thrillers. Her short fiction has been published in various magazines and read on radio. She has worked as an audio producer, a magazine editor, and in the probation and parole side of criminal justice.
She lives with her husband and a number of four-legged roommates near Portland, Oregon, where she is currently working on her fourth novel, COLD KILL.
10 stories celebrating speculative fiction. From the Foreword by Lizzy Shannon, Time Twist. "If you’re like me you grew up with the Twilight Zone, Amazing Tales, and the original Dr. Who. Classy, complicated, character-driven plotlines. Leading characters that enthralled and fascinated. Tales told with surprising and unexpected outcomes. I’ve missed them - until now."
Smashwords Style Guide
on June 17, 2011
I think this guide was fantastic. I especially like that the author took the time to differentiate between the versions of Word. This enabled me to use my 2003 version (at my office) and my 2010 version (at home) with very little confusion. I helped a fellow author format his book in just under 1 hour and mine in just under 1 hour using different versions of Word. I would guesstimate that I will format my next 60-80,000 word novel in about half an hour. I also like that the guide can be skimmed through if you just need to find specific sections, thanks to the handy table of contents. Or, if you're a complete newbie, contains simple, step-by-step instructions.
The Nicest Guy and His Lonely Penis
on Oct. 14, 2011
If you lack a sense of humor or are afraid of hearing honest, and often irreverent, comments about women, steer clear. If you love to laugh, you have got to read this. I dare you not to agree with at least some of this author's observations. I don't want to reveal too much of my own history, but let's just say that page 16 brings back memories. Fond memories, that I wouldn't have recalled if it weren't for "The Nicest Guy and His Lonely Penis." 5 stars for honesty. 12 for the number of laugh out loud moments!
Fugitives From Earth
on Dec. 18, 2011
I enjoy hard science fiction set in space so I eagerly purchased Fugitives From Earth. Not only did the book fulfill its promise and deliver a good story, filled with extrapolations about what our future will look like it also, surprisingly, introduced women as the primary characters. Furthermore, these women were portrayed realistically with both flaws and virtues. Enmeshed in the political maneuvering of various factions they took me from Earth to the outer planets in search of both a solution to a mystery and revenge. This is a large book, and not a quick read but the pay off was worth it, the end tied it all up neatly and I found myself looking forward to the next novel by this author.
Tales of Marik Hammerhand: Revolution is My Name
on March 07, 2012
I love this character. Cross between a hard-boiled detective and a dwarf with a bad attitude. The writing is descriptive and rich and yet also amazingly light and hilarious. The character pulled me in and the stories kept my attention. Highly recommend!
Cozy Bumpkin Stories
on May 04, 2012
The stories in this book reminded me of Barbara Kingsolver's novels. The interaction between humans and their communities, layers of meaning exposed through simple but direct language. Beautiful! Writing that flows this smoothly is the result of either hours of intense work and rewriting or the happy accident of an unusual talent. Or possibly, a combination of both? I have to admit I may be less than completely objective. The people and where and how they live are especially interesting to me. My grandfather worked at the Bray Mill near Chiloquin before it burned down. My father was born in a shack somewhere in Chiloquin. My logger relatives migrated to Klamath Falls when my grandmother chopped down the "cat house" in a fit of jealous rage, and Grandpa was urged to move his woman out of town. I grew up knowing a lot of people just like these characters. Watching the dynamic between them, the hate/love/need that exists in that world feeds my own novels. I just wish I did it half as well.
Pam, author of Something In The Dark, Cold Kill, Altered Visions and more.