Ask the Author: D.E. Howard

What would you like readers to know about you?
I write whatever speaks to me at the time, so while so far my books have been fantasy/romance that is not necessarily always going to be the case. I am also a HUGE Beatles fan.
 
What is Spirit of the Book about for those who haven’t read it?
It’s a tale of a young woman who finally breaks free from a mother who never wanted her, and finds an old book, which just happens to be inhabited by a spirit. Through a growing friendship with Spirit Ellie learns the truth about magic and finds a strength in herself she never knew existed.
 
What has been your inspiration for writing Spirit of the Book?
I actually wrote this for a Nanowrimo. I find I can be rather a lazy writer but I find the target and deadlines of Nanowrimo really gets me fired up to go for it. As with all my writing, it started off with a very basic idea of a magical spirit trapped inside an old book and I let it go where it wanted to.
 
What was your favorite scene or part of Spirit of the Book to write?
I tend to enjoy the whole writing process but I guess when Ellie first meets Spirit was rather fun – naturally she had trouble believing her own eyes. I found the final scene rather satisfying too!
 
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
I actually started out writing fan fiction – which I know can be looked down on, but I actually found it a good starting point. It gives you a chance to work on crafting stories without having to worry too much about fleshing out the characters, your readers already know them. As for authors – so many – reading is a very underrated pleasure.
 
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
Give it a go, what have you got to lose? If there is a story in your head that wont quit I find the only solution is to get it written.  

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