Interview With Author Mary Leah Howard
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I live on Vancouver Island and have written ten books. I am currently developing a style of book I call "commentaries". These books are intended to be casual commentaries on a particular subject that is researched by the author. They aren't meant to be expert opinions, rather personal views. I was inspired to do this by reading intelligent "comments" online that often have interesting insights and criticisms. Although these comments are not official views, they are real perceptions made by real people, and this to me is a valuable view.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
"The Father of Jesus: A commentary on who the biological father of Jesus might have been." I was inspired to write this book because it is one of the greatest mysteries of the past that has never been revealed.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write from the view of an ordinary person living in the World trying to make sense of what is known. I am a UX designer who uses "reality" to uncover secrets.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My favorite author from days gone by is Ayn Rand. During her day, she was perceived as somewhat of a radical writer who discussed political views in a way that no one else had previously done. Her book "Atlas Shrugged" portrays a utopian society where individuals can develop their own abilities which, even in this day, is often a challenge to do.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I am working on promoting "The Father of Jesus" and trying to find readers who will enjoy the book for what it is: a personal interpretation of facts and events.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I recently discovered the website Kindlepreneur that is run by Dave Chesson. I took his course on doing Amazon Ads and have been reading articles on promoting books. Not only have I learned things I never knew before, I feel more motivated to telling others about my book. Thank you, Dave for caring about writers!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
"Do your own thing!" I have learned that when I do things they way I want or enjoy, I usually produce a better quality book.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Never quit! If you fail at one project, start another. Many times I have heard many writers tell newbies that it is important to keep on writing and not let failure stand in your way.
What are you reading now?
I am reading "The Lost Island" by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. I enjoy the books these two authors write because I always learn something about archaeology (my favorite subject) and hidden secrets (my other favorite subject).
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am planning to write another commentary but have not chosen the subject yet.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The English Dictionary
A book of crossword puzzles
A sketch pad and some pencil crayons
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