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Mr. Howe is an accomplished failure and has been for many years. So much failure has naturally accumulated into a considerable fund of wisdom. So he tells children's stories.


Background Information

Grew up loving stories and gravitated to reading instantly. Narrative is my holy grail. I love a good novel over any other form of artwork. Graduated from the University of Colorado in 1983 with a B.A. in English Lit.

My major influence is Dr. Suess. After that, Shakespeare. Didn't much take to writing as a youth, but discovered stream-of-consciousness poetry in my twenties and developed an unfortunate tendency to roll around in the sound of words like a puppy in a warm bathrobe. For years after that I accumulated reams of crappy teen-angst poetry (I was a late bloomer) bemoaning my miserable lot.

When I took my first Shakespeare class in college, by chance Merchant of Venice was playing on PBS that first week, with Maggie Smith as the divine Cordelia. I had no idea before that such word-beauty existed. I was flabbergasted and gratified. Our professor told us that one had to read a Shakespeare play seven times before you could understand it. So I read Romeo and Juliet seven times in a row. For a while there I dreamt in iambic pentameter. Those were the nights.

In 1984 I decided to write a fantasy novel, despite never having written more than maybe four or five short stories. I had conceived an allergy to short stories after a certain number of modern ones left me scratching my head at the end. Like I said, take me somewhere. Narrative rules in my world, and short stories are generally too short for a satisfying narrative in my taste.

I wrote a coming-of-age fable that took twenty years, not because it was so great or anything, but because it took me that long to come of age. Finally self-published Stonebringer in 2004. Self-publishing is an endeavor I would only recommend to really strong striving types, or else masochists. Being neither myself, it was a dud, though one can download the PDF chapters from the novel at my site. The self-publishing thing was a train wreck, but the novel continues, as it's a two-volume work, and the second one is in progress. Stonebringer is being edited now by my crack staff/pal, so when the second volume is complete we will have a tasty package for some lucky (I hope) publisher.

I thought I wanted to write fantasy novels but realized recently that the dumber I got the better I liked it, so decided to try my hand at a children's novel, in the Wind in the Willows or Mary Poppins or Charlotte's Web vein, if not quite so accomplished. Did it during NaNoWriMo, a mouse tale. Never realized writing for children would be such a glorious romp. I've found my niche. Grownups go home.

So now regular fantasy is a sideline for me. I am a children's writer, born and bred, though I only just found out.

Birth Place
Denver, CO USA
Accomplishments

Gave himself the "Way to Floss, Buddy" award.

Additional Information

"Little Did He Know", an uncautionary tale for overly cautious mouselings, will be arriving in bookstores in the dreamworld next week. For actual hardcopies we may need to wait a little longer.





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