Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My Name Is, “Harold Martin Howington”. I am 74 years old.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I was borne in Virginia in March 24, 1944. We moved to Ohio and wound up living in Florida where I live today with my wife Glenda Howington.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Currently I’m working on another “Charlie McQuillen book” I also have several other writing projects that I’m working on.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I started writing in grade school and I just enjoyed writing for my own pleasure mostly.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I still haven’t figured that out yet. I would have to say it was after I won several awards. Three from ”Eric Hoffer Book Awards” and one from “Pacific Book Review”
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I always loved writing. I started with short stories in grade school. Later on I wrote poems and songs. I then tried my hand at writing screenplays. I sent a screenplay to a movie studio in Orlando Florida. They read it but it didn’t fit there needs at the time. They did tell in a letter to submit anything I wrote in the genre that they was looking for. Then I was read about World War 11. There was something in that book that fascinated me. I thought I could write a story using this information and a building point.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title of my book “The Redhead” started out as a working title. As the story progressed the title fit more then another title would.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I don’t have any certain style per say. I like the Noir Detective movies from the Thirties, Forties, Fifties and this story is set in the late Forties. My Screen play is set in the mid-Eighties. It has a totally different style then my novel.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I was fortunate to work as a road musician and an over the road truck driver. I covered all 50 states and most of Canada. So I had a good working knowledge of any place I chose to write.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I designed the cover myself.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I don’t know if there’s a message but I would hope anyone who read my book would say it’s a great story.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I must admit that I haven’t read any new Authors work but I don’t rule it out.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
My friend Ron Sutten that I did some plays with at our local theater. He read my manuscript and loved it. He encouraged me to publish it.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I do see a career going forward. I’m working on another book now.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I wouldn’t change anything at all. You don’t change an award-winning book is my thought.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned a lot from writing this book. I learned how to organize and keep track of my Characters.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
This is a tough question. I like Harrison Ford and think he would do a great job in the lead.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
I would tell them if you have a story you should encourage some friends to read it. I told my friend to be totally honest with me.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
I would like to tell them that I really appreciate them very much and I’ll try hard not to let them down.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
A Raymond Chandler book called “The Little Sister”
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
Good jokes and funny movies make me laugh, and very sad movies make me cry.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
I would like to meet Jesus because he is the greatest man to walk the earth.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
My music is just a hobby now and I also like playing my piano.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I like all the NCIS shows. I like watching suspense and drama films.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I love Ice Cream, Chicken, Hot Dogs, Steak.
My colors are blue, green, yellow, red and gray.
I have a wide range of music I listen to from Classical to Country
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would spend my time listening to Music and watching great movies.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I would like it to say “You’re never to old until you die, then you’re to late.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I am working on a website now. I hope to have it done soon. I will get back with you when it’s ready.
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Thank you for the interview, H.M Howington