About Pamela Cook
I write women’s fiction set in places you’ll want to escape to and books that will keep you turning the page. My novels feature tangled family relationships, the ups and downs of friendship, and explore issues like grief and loss, belonging and love. I love to tug at your heart-strings so if you cry while you’re reading my books my goal is achieved! But don’t worry – there will also be a hopeful ending.
My first novel, Blackwattle Lake, was published in 2012 by Hachette Australia. Following novels were Essie’s Way (2013), Close To Home (2015) and The Crossroads (2016). All four books are what’s known in the business as ‘rural fiction with romantic elements’ meaning the main storyline is about the life of the female main character but there’s a sub-plot of romance.
My September 2019 release Cross My Heart is ‘similar but different’, falling more firmly into the women’s fiction genre. Like my other books it focuses on a woman at a major turning point in her life and is set in a beautiful rural location, but it has a slightly darker edge. I’m hoping you’ll be staying up late finishing it to find out what happens.
As the mother of three beautiful daughters I’m passionate about issues affecting women. Apart from writing, I’m the co-host of the Writes4Women podcast. My podcast partner Kel Butler and I chat to women writers across a range of genres with a focus on women’s issues and female characters. We also chat about the writing process, and the ups and downs of the writing life. If you’d like to hear some of our chats or find out more about Writes4Women click here to go to our website.
I’m also a Writer Ambassador for the amazing not-for-profit organisation Room To Read. Room To Read promotes literacy and gender faulty in developing countries and is the largest publisher of local language children’s books in the world. One of the best experiences of my life was travelling to India to see RTR programs in action. Their slogan ‘World Change Starts With Educated Children’ is something I truly believe. To find out more about Room to Read click here.
In my spare time I love to read and hang out at literary festivals and book events. My father was a book hoarder and I’ve inherited this wonderful habit, filling my shelves with an eclectic pile of books including literary, romance, mystery, non-fiction, and poetry. So any project involving books has me hooked. I also love hanging out with my family and my two gorgeous quarter horses Morocco and Rio.
The best thing about being a writer is connecting with readers both on the page and in the flesh. I’d love to connect with you on one of my social media sites:
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- Meeting readers at Books By The Bridge in January 2017. It was amazing to see readers arriving with shopping trolleys and suitcases to buy books from their favourite authors. Being part of an event that brings readers and writers together in their shared passion for stories is always a pleasure.
- Being part of the team that brought Markus Zusak and Storyfest to the beautiful town of Milton on the NSW south coast. Milton is my home away from home and helping out with the inaugural Storyfest in June 2019 was a true highlight of my writing career.
- Gathering together with fellow writers on a regular basis to share our writing, provide feedback, extend our skills and help each other navigate the highs and lows of the writing journey is one of the best parts of my writing life. As a member of The Writers’ Dozen and now The Inkwell I have met the best bunch of writing buddies anyone could wish for. And as a member of the Romance Writers of Australia (RWA) I look forward every year to attending the annual conference and being part of a wonderful writing community.
Her easy writing style and excellent sense of place drew me in while her well-developed characters and sensitively handled storylines merged into a heart-warming and heartfelt story about family, forgiveness, healing the past and hoping for the future.
– Book Muster Down Under about Close To Home
- My Top 5 favourite writers are Tim Winton, Jane Austen, Liane Moriarty, the poet Mary Oliver, Markus Zusak and … oh, wait that’s five, but there are plenty more!
- Favourite books include Pride and Prejudice, Bridge of Clay, Lord of The Rings, Big Little Lies, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, Where The Crawdads Sing and Cloudstreet … the list goes on
- I’m proud to be a Writer Ambassador for Room To Read, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes literacy and gender equality in developing countries. As the mother of three beautiful girls and someone who values education I’m in awe of the fantastic work Room To Read is doing around the globe.
- I love travelling, music, Cadbury’s Dairy Milk, my dogs, hanging out with family and friends and drinking champagne – not necessarily in that order.
- When I’m not writing, reading, podcasting or festival planning I like to waste as much time as possible riding my handsome quarter horses, Morocco and Rio.
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