About me

The short version:

My name is Pamela. I’m a freelance writer and poet. I absolutely adore fantasy and science fiction novels. I drink too much coffee.

The slightly longer version:

I’m Pamela, but only my grandmothers call me that. Everyone else shortens it to Pam. I have a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. I specialized in poetry, which is pretty useless, to be quite honest. I’m a freelance writer and poet living in the Birmingham, AL area.

I have way too many books, because I’m the kind of person who forms emotional attachments to words and I just can’t give them up. Like, who really needs to keep 16th-century Spanish plays when said person doesn’t speak Spanish all that well (although she did minor in it)?

I love modern poetry, even if pretty much nobody else does. A few of my favorite modern poets are Paul Guest, Pimone Triplett, A. Van Jordan, Denise Duhamel, Harryette Mullen, and Josh Bell. I also have strong (lovey) feelings about Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, Walt Whitman, and W. H. Auden. I actually found a signed first edition of Auden in a bookstore in Durham, North Carolina, and had to pass it up because the price tag reflected the fact that it was a signed first edition of Auden. Still regretting it.

In terms of fiction, I’m a voracious reader of science fiction & fantasy (mostly fantasy). I really love C.J. Cherryh’s Foreigner series, but other than that I’m probably woefully under-read on scifi (unless Star Wars novelizations count, in which case–nevermind). In terms of fantasy, I love Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Robin McKinley, Kristin Cashore, and Maggie Stiefvater. I also have an embarrassing soft spot for Charlaine Harris. I have apparently been living under a rock, because I just recently discovered Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games series. I can’t stop reading.

I like to knit and crochet and make quilts, and at the time of this writing I’m 27. I love earl grey tea, black, brewed loose leaf, but I drink coffee in the morning. I write fiction longhand but I type super fast, so I do my freelance work on my handy dandy netbook.

I can and will quote the majority of Empire Strikes Back when the mood strikes.

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