Pamela Howell is a writer, teacher, freelance journalist, editor, and photographer. She has written for a variety of publications and has won numerous state, national, and international awards. A native of Miles, Texas, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Angelo State University in San Angelo. She now lives in San Antonio with her husband Mike and their daughter Katherine; however, her home and her heart will always be in West Texas. A Ride Home is her debut novel.
Q & A with the Author:
What was your inspiration for A Ride Home?
The idea for this book came to me as I was writing another, unrelated book. I guess my brain was telling me “Hey, you really need to take a break.” A Ride Home wanted to be born first, because the story appeared in my mind’s eye as vividly as scenes out my front window. The inspiration for this book comes from my love of West Texas and its people. Even though I currently live in San Antonio, West Texas will always be home for me.
What’s your background?
I’m a native Texan and grew up in the small West Texas town of Miles (pop. 836). I am a graduate of Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, where I met my husband there when we were both journalism majors. I’ve been a teacher and a freelance journalist. As a freelance journalist, I have had the opportunity to talk with a variety of people from all walks of life. Everybody has a story if only we are willing to listen!
What is the overall theme of A Ride Home?
Where does this book take place?
Texas (the Trans-Pecos region) and Teapot, Arizona
Why do you think that your novel will appeal to readers?
A Ride Home has a mix of adventure, danger and romance which will appeal to readers of ages who crave a novel with all these elements minus the gratuitous profanity and sex so prevalent in this genre and in today’s culture. I wanted to write a book that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to have my mother, or my teen-aged daughter, read and discuss.
What makes your book different from other books like it?
It has a West Texas drawl!
What do you want readers to know and love about your writing?
A story doesn’t have to use profanity and sex as crutches. A good story stands on its own.
Have you written any other books?
While I have not finished any other books (yet!), I have had numerous news and feature articles published in daily and weekly publications such as the San Angelo (Texas) Standard-Times, the Abilene (Texas) Reporter-News, the San Antonio (Texas) Express-News, the Dallas (Texas) Morning News, the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer, and the North East (San Antonio area) Herald.
Who are your favorite authors and works?
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Good Old Boys by Elmer Kelton, Roses by Leila Meacham, Camp Ford by Johnny Boggs, Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, short stories by Flannery O’Connor, Edgar Allan Poe and William Faulkner, and poems by Robert Frost