Julie Howard

Author of the Series:

Wild Crime

Wild Crime

Release date: December 4, 2019 – Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Editor: Kaycee John – Cover Artist: Abigail Owen

 

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“I’m a murderer. I’m a murderer. I’m a murderer.”

Those three repeated words discovered in an old letter propel Meredith Lowe in a cross-country pursuit to unveil her mother’s murky past. Danger stalks Meredith back to Hay City, Idaho as she peels apart the mystery: who is her father, and did her mother kill him? In finding the answer, will a growing love slip through her fingers?

Past merges with the present as the story races to its stunning conclusion.

 

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What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

Ooh, love this question! I love to travel and wherever we go, I seek out bookstores, especially independent bookstores because they’re more fun. They’re also surprising in the books they carry. In Venice, Italy, there was a store hidden in an alley with a staircase of books in the back with a view of the canal. Melbourne, Australia has the most beautiful library I’ve ever seen with and the old Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland made me feel so reverential about the power of the written word. Closer to home, I love Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon and Grassroots in Reno, Nevada. Sorry for the long answer; I could go on and on!

I felt the same way about Ireland! Beautiful ancient, vibrant country! What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Never finishing a project is No. 1. Really, good story ideas come easy but it’s never a book until it’s finished. I know writers who are compelled to move on to another project as soon as a new idea occurs to them, or they get stuck and abandon their work mid-way.

Another common trap is to not set a schedule for writing. There are so many distractions in life and often even doing laundry feels preferable to hashing out a difficult plot point. Writing is work – fun work – but you have to approach it like a job.

I’m definitely guilty of the latter! If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Your stories are worthwhile! Writing fiction is important! Never give up and ignore the naysayers.

Great advice! What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

I’ve recently started treating myself to mini-writers’ retreats of my own making. Even though I have a solid writing schedule at home, I do a couple intensive writing sessions of 4-5 days in a remote location. I set a specific goal or two and then attack it. With fewer distractions and targeted goals, I double my output – plus the time away is fun.

What a fantastic idea! What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck. He’s one of my favorite authors for his beautiful prose and insight into everyday people. This book is a very slender work, set during WWII, in a small Norwegian village invaded by German soldiers. The story is very different for Steinbeck, but cuts to the similar yearnings of the human spirit we all possess – to belong.

What has been the best compliment?

I’ve had a number of reviews where the reader will say they want to read more of my books. Those reviews make my day!

Could you tell us a bit about your most recent book and why it is a must-read?

This is part of a series about a young abused woman who is accused of killing her husband. In Wild Crime, she discovers a letter that changes everything she’s believed about her mother. The main character has to uncover secrets of the past in order to understand who she is, and to find her own future. While this is part of a series, the book can be read as a stand-alone.

Love it! Who is the most famous person you have ever met?

I was a reporter for a number of years and interviewed several celebrities in different arenas. I interviewed Oscar winner Patricia Neal and Emmy winner Craig T. Nelson and business leaders Carly Fiorina and T. Boone Pickens. The most famous in my opinion though was author Kurt Vonnegut.

If you could write about anyone fiction/nonfiction who would you write about?

My own family’s history. Both sides go back to the American Revolution and there are so many stories to delve into. I do actually have an unedited historical fiction I hope to someday complete. It’s the project that lurks in my desk drawer and haunts me – someday soon, I’ll pull it out and finish it.

 

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Speed Dating…

(answer in ONE or  TWO words)

 

Would you prefer living in the city or country?

Country

 

What color best describes your personality?

Green

 

What are you most passionate about? BESIDES family!

Writing!

 

What do you consider your best attribute?

Loyalty

 

What’s your favorite beverage?

Coffee

 

What does your desk look like right now? Clean or messy?

Always messy

 

Are you a night owl or an early bird?

Early bird

 

What book are you reading at the moment?

The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough, and The Turn of the Key

by Ruth Ware

 

What would you take with you to a desert island?

(three items)

Coffee, a ream of paper (plus pens), and a bottle of wine. Not very useful…

 

What would be your ideal holiday destination?

Italy

 

What time in history would you have liked to be born in?

Right now; this is the best time in history for women, so far

 

If a movie was made about your life, who would you want to play you?

Meryl Streep

 

DIY or call an expert?

Call an expert!

 

What is your favorite thing to learn about in your free time?

History

 

What is your favorite time of day?

Dawn

 

Are you a pantser or a plotter?

Plotter

 

Music or silence?

Silence

 

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I Want An Excerpt…

Her hair fell below her waist, ripped free of its ties and weighed down by the warm, lashing rain. The sky-blue dress, so carefully chosen for this night and tried on so many times in her bedroom, was ruined. One strap had torn from her shoulder and dangled down her back. Mud splattered the hem. Sweet Cantaloupe lipstick, a lovely coral that heightened the green in her eyes, was smeared like a bruise on one cheek. She ran.

The high school gym behind her, decorated in crepe paper and curtains, vibrated with electric guitars and teen-aged hormones. Couples gyrated on the dance floor and then disappeared into dark corners. It was late and the Spring Dance was in full throttle. No one would miss her for hours.

Before her, trees dripped moss, barely visible in the darkness. She envisioned the moss brushing her shoulders, low branches snagging in her hair, the possibility of snakes both at her feet and above; this made her hesitate. It would take one scream, one gasp, and he would find her.

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Where Can We Purchase Wild Crime?

Amazon:

https://amzn.to/2W8j0Pt

iBooks:

https://books.apple.com/us/book/wild-crime/id1482591716

Barnes and Noble:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wild-crime-julie-howard/1134112545?ean=9781509228638

Where Can We Contact You?

Website:

http://juliemhoward.com

Facebook:

 http://www.facebook.com/juliemhowardauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18116047.Julie_Howard

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Bookbub:

https://www.bookbub.com/profile/julie-howard?list=author_books

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/_JulieMHoward

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Author Bio:

Julie Howard is the author of the Wild Crime series, and Spirited Quest. 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.