A. A. Cowan is a weirdo who writes stuff at aacowan.com. She likes reading, books, video games, and useless trivia. She lives in Reno, Nevada and is working on getting a rejection letter from every publication, one at a time, preferably.


Amy Ayala Cowan started life on April 20, 1986, in Reno, Nevada to an immigrant mother from the Philippines and a former trucker turned printer generic white guy. Not much happened (she was a baby, there’s not much there) until her mother gave birth to a younger sister. Her life wasn’t that interesting until she started reading and found a passion in life.

Not much happened after that. She went to elementary school, which was pleasant, then she went to middle school, which wasn’t as pleasant. In 2004, she finally graduated from Sparks High School and tried to go to the University of Nevada, Reno.

With the 2004 economy booming, a trend she thought would last forever, her hubris got the better of her and she quit university, thinking she would return after a few years wasting away her early twenties. Little did she know, CompUSA wouldn’t last forever and it eventually closed, along with myriad other retail locations.

She did return to her education, much later than she conjectured during those halcyon years while raking in the 7.00/hour behind a CompUSA register. Now she spends her time writing bios in the third person on aacowan.com, writing a fantasy series, submitting short stories, subscribing to podcasts before she finishes the previous ones, chatting it up with her talented sister (alyssapants.com), whom she is incredibly proud of, and hanging out with her life partner and the reason for her continued existence, Jonathan, while he plays video games and she reads beside him.

Her favorite authors are Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, and Douglas Adams. Her favorite color is blue. If she could make one fictional person real, she would choose Lisa Simpson.