Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a compulsive writer and insatiable reader. My to-read list is huge and my house is proof to that, with books in every room. There is little more I enjoy than curling up with a good book, a little coffee and chocolate at my elbow, and my sweet puppy napping nearby.
How do you find time to write?
I’ve always been a writer, first as a journalist and now a novelist. Because this is the BEST job in the world, I don’t have a problem sitting down and getting to work at my computer. There is nothing more satisfying to me than creating new worlds and then populating them with characters I love.
What’s your publishing tips?
The best advice I can give aspiring writers is to never stop believing in yourself. This can be a cruel business with so many rejections churned out each day. It’s true, however, that none of those rejections are personal. They don’t necessarily mean you’ve written a bad book. Timing and targeting are everything. Make sure you only submit to editors/agents/publishers who actively seek your genre. Make sure you follow their submission guidelines exactly. Treat each submission like a job application. If a rejection follows, move on as quick as you can and remember why you’re writing. You love it, right? Keep at it!
Any promotional and marketing tips?
Ugh. Marketing. So difficult for someone who just wants to write. This was the hardest part for me. I make a list at the start of every year. The first year was about setting a foundation – website and build a social media presence. The second year was learning how to reach these audiences. Every genre is different and you have to find your audience. My best tip is get started somewhere, whether it’s Instagram or a newsletter or Twitter, and be patient while your audience grows. Don’t try to do it all at once.
Tell us about your recent book.
My sale book this week is Crime Times Two, which appropriately is my second book and part of my Wild Crime series. The book follows Meredith Lowe, who moved to a small isolated town with an abusive husband. In the wake of her husband’s murder, she seeks to get her life on track. A chance meeting with a man fearful his wife wants to kill him shatters her new confidence. There’s a little of everything in this book: murder, mayhem and romance.
Crime Times Two now on a summer sale for 99 cents!
When divorce is out of the question, can murder be forgiven?
Blurb from “Crime Times Two”
Meredith knows three things: First, the man in the library begged her to help him. Second, he was afraid of his wife. Third, now he’s dead.
While the evidence first points to a natural death, Meredith is certain there’s more to discover. People are tight-lipped in this small mountain village, and the man’s wife isn't talking either. Then a second death occurs, with remarkable similarities. It’s time to talk about murder.
As a slow-burning relationship heats up in her own life, Meredith struggles with concepts of love and hate, belief and suspicion, and absolution and guilt. Nothing is clear cut…
She must decide: Is guilt, like evil, something you can choose to believe in?
Excerpt from “Crime Times Two”:
Jowls quivered under the man’s weak chin, and Meredith noted the stained and frayed shirt of someone who spent a lot of time alone in dark rooms, sending out a better version of himself into the virtual world. His eyes were anxious and beseeching at her as though she should have a clear understanding of him and his life.
Somehow, over the past hour and a half they’d been sitting next to each other – him playing video games and sharing his life story and her ignoring him the best she could – she had become his confessor and friend.
Meredith gave him what she hoped was an impartial-though-quasi-friendly smile. She reached for her purse and papers and rose from her chair. “Well. Nice talking with you.”
The man was lost in his own train of thought and seemed only slightly aware that Meredith was leaving.
He shook his head, morose.
“To make a long story short,” he summed up, “I think my wife is trying to kill me.”
Julie Howard is the author of the Wild Crime series. She is a former journalist and editor who has covered topics ranging from crime to cowboy poetry. She is a member of the Idaho Writers Guild, editor of the Potato Soup Journal, and founder of the Boise chapter of Shut Up & Write. Learn more at juliemhoward.com.
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Groot the puppy, my faithful companion, sits by my side while I write my stories.