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Pamela Binnings Ewen

Author of:

Dancing on Glass


About the Author
Pamela Binnings Ewen is the latest writer to emerge from a Louisiana family recognized for its statistically improbable number of successful authors. A cousin, James Lee Burke, who won the Edgar Award, wrote about their common ancestral grandfathers in his Civil War novel White Dove At Morning. Other writers in the family are Andre Dubus (Best Picture Oscar nomination for The Bedroom); his son, Andre Dubus III, author of The House of Sand and Fog (Best Picture Oscar nomination and an Oprah pick); Elizabeth Nell Dubus, The Cajun Trilogy; and Alafair Burke, just starting out with the well received Samantha Kincaid mystery series.

Before retiring to write full time, Pamela was a partner in the Houston office of the international law firm of BakerBotts, L.L.P., specializing in corporate finance. She now lives just outside New Orleans, Louisiana, with her husband, James Lott. She serves on the Board of Directors of Inprint, Inc., a non-profit organization supporting the literary arts in Houston, TX, as well as the Executive Board and Advisory Council for The New Orleans Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Tennessee Williams Festival in New Orleans; Pamela is a co-founder of the Northshore Literary Society in the Greater New Orleans area. She is also a member of the National League of American Pen Women.

Pamela’s first novel, Walk Back The Cat (Broadman & Holman. May, 2006) is the story of an embittered and powerful clergyman who learns an ancient secret, confronting him with truth and a choice that may destroy him.She is also the best-selling author of the acclaimed non-fiction book Faith On Trial, published by Broadman & Holman in 1999, currently in its third printing. Although it was written for non-lawyers, Faith On Trial was also chosen as a text for a course on law and religion at Yale Law School in the Spring of 2000, along with The Case For Christ by Lee Stroble. Continuing the apologetics begun in Faith On Trial, Pamela also appears with Gary Habermas, Josh McDowell, Darrell Bock, Lee Stroble, and others in the film Jesus: Fact or Fiction, a Campus Crusade for Christ production.Her novel The Moon in the Mango Tree, set in the 1920’s and based on a true story, features a woman faced with making a choice between career and love, and her search for faith over the glittering decade.

The Moon in the Mango Tree recently won the prestigious Eudora Welty Memorial Award given by the National League of American Pen Women in their 2012 Biennial Letters Competition. The NLAPW is a professional organization for women artists, composers, and writers founded in in 1897. The national headquarters in Washington, D.C. are in the historic Pen Arts Building which was formerly the home of Todd Lincoln.  Pamela currently is a member of the Faulkner Society’s Executive Board. She is a past finalist in the William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and regularly presents at Words & Music.

Pamela’s most recent novel, Dancing On Glass, with a story of love, obsession and danger in the streets of in New Orleans, was short-listed as a finalist for the Faulkner/Wisdom creative writing novel award. She is currently working on a sequel.

About the Book

In the steamy city of New Orleans in 1974, Amalise Catoir meets Phillip Sharp, a charming, magnetic artist, unlike any man she has known.A young lawyer herself, raised in a small town and on the brink of a career with a large firm, she is strong and successful, yet sometimes too trusting and whimsical. Ama’s rash decision to marry Phillip proves to be a mistake as he becomes overly possessive, drawing his wife away from family, friends, and her faith. His insidious, dangerous behavior becomes her dark, inescapable secret. In this lawyer’s unraveling world, can grace survive Ama’s fatal choice? What would you do when prayers seem to go unanswered, faith has slipped away, evil stalks, and you feel yourself forever dancing on shattered glass?

“This was such a well written book. I was invested in Amalise’s character…the author was able to show how God can and will forgive our mistakes and give us a new life.” – Five Stars – Goodreads.com Reviewer

“From the back of the book, I summed it all up: ‘What would you do when prayers seem to go unanswered, faith has slipped away, evil stalks, and you find yourself forever dancing on shattered glass?’ If you really like a good mystery and romance all in one, then this will be the book for you.” –LibraryThing.com Reviewer

“A powerful, beautifully written story that left me breathless.” –Ginny Yttrup, author of Words

“Dancing on Glass provides a unique perspective on predatory relationships and how bright accomplished women become entrapped in dangerous situations…Powerful…Gripping and thought provoking!” – Leanne Truehart, M.D., Psychiatry

“Ewen’s suspense-filled tale displays excellent character development as well as insight into the workings of a sadistic mind. New Orleans circa 1974 comes alive in her capable hands.” —Library Journal

“The danger and suspense feels real and exciting. Readers may relate to the strain between the main character and her family. The author uses imagery skillfully, which makes Dancing on Glass a compelling, page-turning read.” –RT Book Reviews – Four star review

“Pamela Binnings Ewen has crafted another masterpiece that explores real-life drama spun deep inside historical fiction….The scenes are so real you hear the street side musicians, crave the coffee and beignets and smell the sweet olive in Jackson Square.” –Deb Burst, Fine Books Magazine


Faulkner Society events are made possible in part by support from The Arts Council of New Orleans, the City of New Orleans, and the Decentralized Arts Funding Program of The Louisiana Division of the Arts; the J. J. and Dr. Donald Dooley Fund and administrator, Samuel L. Steele, III; Bertie Deming Smith and the Deming Foundation; the Hearst Corporation and Debra Shriver, Vice President; the Law Firm of Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles; the English Speaking Union; Rosemary James, Joseph DeSalvo and Faulkner House, Inc; Randy Fertel and The Ruth U. Fertel Foundation; Arthur & Mary Davis, Quint Davis, and Pam Friedler; Alexa Georges; the Louisiana State Museum; Elizabeth McKinley; Hotel Monteleone; Mr. & Mrs. Hartwig Moss, III; Theodosia M. Nolan, Tia and James Roddy, and Peter Tattersall; Parkside Foundation; Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre; Anne and Ron Pincus; Other Press, a Division of Random House; E. Quinn Peeper and Michael Harold; Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture: Nancy Cater, Editor; the State Library of Louisiana; Judith "Jude" Swenson in memory of her late husband, James Swenson

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