Steve Howard

Biography

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 1960. Moved to London, Ontario, Canada in 1967. Started playing hockey and piano. Went to Sir Wilfred Laurier High School and played the trumpet.

Studied Architectural Technology at Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Sciences. Started playing guitar and writing a little. On a trip to the mountains in 1982 with a friend I decided, or was awakened to the knowledge that I was going to pursue writing. Graduated 1984 and moved to Toronto.

Moved to Saarbr├╝cken, Germany in 1993.

Have traveled many places in North, Middle and South America and Europe.

Besides reading and writing also work on photography and music.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I started my growing up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. My parents were Baptist and church was a big part of life. Out doors was a bigger part. We lived in many different places around Halifax and there were usually woods and fields to play in and adventures to have. I loved visiting my grandfather in the house he built across from the pond and Uncle Victor and Aunt Marion down at Haring Cove. There was a wooden dock out on the water and what I really loved was the feel of the house. It was a little like going to heaven where everyone was nice to me. And the wooden floors were so off kilter that I could roll things down the floor.

We moved to London when I was almost 7. Dad rented a house among the Italians and my sister and I went to another new school. I changed from being a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Boston Bruins. It was the perfect team for kids. And we played road hockey most every day and I started playing ice hockey and my dad bought me a bicycle. I started piano lessons and was quick to learn.

When I was 11, my dad bought my mom, and us too, a house that was to be ours. It was out in that strange land called Suburbia. A fish and games resort was almost beside us with woods all around for miles and miles so dad got a canoe and we chopped dead trees down in the winter for our wood stove.

I was also a member of a boys group at the church. Though I was already not convinced about God and the wild stories in his book, I really enjoyed the camping trips and canoe trips. They really did have an influence on me.

In fact, it was the outdoors that made it clear that I would write. I was in college studying Architecture after deciding not to further my music studies, and a friend and I were taking time out to hike some Rocky Mountains. At the top of one of these mountains I stood and looked over the great expanse and realized. Clear as the day was.

I went back to where I found my friend exploring the surroundings and said to him: "I'm going to be a writer."

He said, "It will take you 20 years."
When did you first start writing?
In school I wrote a few things. Projects. My first attempt at a story was in grade nine in high school. My teacher was so dumb he didn't understand why the plane had suddenly landed where it did after the strange things that happened. And I wasn't going to explain it to him. It was a good lesson, however, for eventually I learned that readers don't know what is happening in your head if it is not written for them to read it. They aren't going to guess things unless they are pointed in the right direction.

But really writing because I had an idea started when I was 19. I wrote little poems. Sometime just some thoughts. And I finally started to read. I was years behind in English up to the end of high school. My Canadian English teacher, after grading me with a 39%, only because she was very impressed with my final presentation, told me I would do well, she thought I was clever and talented. But whatever you do, she really did say this, don't do anything with writing.

Now I did not start writing to spite her. I liked her. She was very cool. I started with my first story quite by accident one night about a year later while practicing my printing at home. That was back before computers so an Architectural student had to practice and make very clear, his printing of letters. With a pencil. Our hockey coach was our teacher. And he said, he used a typical Italian name, the Italians built North America in case anyone wonders, and was it racist, no, Italian is not a race, but we stray far too wide. The point is, make your instructions and lettering clear because someone has to build the thing you draw and write. Do not let them guess.

So after doing A B C D ... X Y Z about 6 times, I got very board. And without deliberation I wrote a sentence. That sentence was then followed with a somewhat more hurried printing. About a third of a page down, a couple friends were let in by my dad, they came down into the basement, that's where I usually was because my room was there, and interrupted me and I never wrote again.

At least not till later that night when I got home and wrote a story that I would use for my Science Fiction course that I took the second year and literally blow my teacher away. He couldn't believe a student of Architecture had a mind of his own. He gave me an A++ on the year. When the grades where hung out afterward people were saying, wow, Steve, no one ever gets A++.

I couldn't top it, obviously, but instead of not being able to read or write all the way to the end of high school, I was the top in English from then on. I made all my English teachers thereafter remember me. And some will still remember me. And best of all, love me.

And to top off this self patting on back answer to question 2, I moved to Toronto after college so didn't make it back to the 5 year reunion. But my sister, who had been in the Canadian English course with me, did. She did study French and English, eventually becoming a professor or something. She met this said teacher, who does have a name, Mrs. Ferguson, and Mrs. Ferguson asked her in the course of their conversation: and what is Steve doing.

"Writing."

"Oh, that doesn't surprise me."
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Steve Howard online


Books

Mosquitoes and Drug Runners
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,550. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » Essays & Travelogues
Mosquitoes and Drug Runners - between order and chaos - is a diary from the late summer of 2000. We were in Guyana to film a documentary on the Weaver Society. A moderately famous Amerindian business of hand made hammocks. The queen of England has one on her wall. Silly spot. We did not have any trouble with mosquitoes or drug runners. It is the notion that many have about Guyana, South America.
Steve's Koran (Qur'an)
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,200. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2011. Category: Essay » Literature
The Qur'an is a pale retelling of the Torah. It is a book seldom read and little understood. Steve's Koran (Qur'an) makes it easier to understand the repetitious chant that falls short of a story attributed to Muhammad. There is much to learn in this third part of our world's grand monotheistic religions. It would be foolish to believe that God was responsible for a book so full of mistakes.
New New Testament Revelation
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Series: Books of New New Testament, Book 13. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,290. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christianity
Revelation is one of those famous books that everyone talks about and knows next to nothing about. It is a mad rant by an under nourished religious fanatic on a island that is a penal colony. Nero is burning his fellow Christians and John has some wild hallucinations. So not only is it a good idea not to take the book too seriously, it is necessary to rip the thing apart for the sake of the fish.
New New Testament The Other Letters
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Series: Books of New New Testament, Book 12. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,260. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christianity
The Other Letters that are not attributed to Paul. James, Peter, John and Jude. They make some mad proclamations that differ little from Paul. They tell the new Christians how to act and think. So, mind management on behalf of the ruling class. We take the meaning to a few extremes to test the realm of possibility and push on the edge of probability. Like the rest of it, it is the Pagan's Protest.
New New Testament More of Paul's Letters
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Series: Books of New New Testament, Book 11. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,000. Language: English. Published: May 18, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christianity
More of Paul's Letters continues with Paul telling the new Christians what not to do. Most believers know the love chapter but fail to notice the rest of it. The real thriller is Hebrews. It's the last big letter before getting to the apostles that had hung out with Jesus. Hebrews is entertaining but requires a knowledge of the Torah. In the end, even you narrator comes to like Paul's ravings.
New New Testament Paul's Galephephi Letters
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Series: Books of New New Testament, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,410. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christianity
New New Testament Paul's Galephephi Letters. Paul writes to the Galatians, Ephesians and Philippians. He tells them what to believe, how to be and where to go if they don't. He, or the writers who told the story of Paul the Super Jew, want the Christians to be obedient. And give money. It's the age old business of belief. A real nightmare we still hold to like ignorant apes. Reject your religion.
New New Testament Paul's letters to the Corinthians
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Series: Books of New New Testament, Book 9. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,400. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Religious history
New New Testament Paul's letters to the Corinthians is a plethora of rules for the new believers. Paul takes on the role of Moses, dictating how to be and what to do. It is mostly madness but there are a few gems. His famous love chapter is there so everything else can be ignored. But you humble narrator has taken it upon himself to expose the absurdities and contradictions.
New New Testament Paul's letter to the Romans
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Series: Books of New New Testament, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,050. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Theology
New New Testament Paul's letter to the Romans where Paul lets loose a shit storm. Almost everything he says is exactly wrong. It is a letter telling the Romans to obey. The elite, the ruling class, has been chosen by God to rule with tyranny over the slave class. Or as we prefer to say, working class. Soldiers rape murder and plunder for the rulers. The rest work for the rulers. Like is still is.
New New Testament Acts of the Apostles
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Series: Books of New New Testament, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,740. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Religion
New New Testament Acts of the Apostles is back to the Torah. Jesus Christ is cut out of the story. Peter and John start a brutal tyranny, Stephen is stoned and Paul decides to change his ways from persecuting Christians to making Jewish laws for Christianity. It is hoped that exposing the story for what it is will free the believers from the slavery of these mad laws. God does not write books.
New New Testament Gospel of Mary H. Magdalene
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Series: Books of New New Testament, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,630. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » History » Ancient
The Gospel of Mary H. Magdalene is a look at the words of one of the women in the life of Jesus Christ. She reveals a little of his family life and tells some of the unknown story of Jesus. There has been slander propagated by men's clubs of anti-christ religions that Mary Helene was not the woman of Jesus. Just a bad lie to make Jesus an impossible character. He was real. As were his 7 children.
New New Testament Gospel of Jesus Christ
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Series: Books of New New Testament, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,560. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » History » Biography
At last, the one and only Gospel of Jesus H. Christ. Many argue about the things that he is said to have said and some say he is just a story taken from astrology. Well, luckily, some of his writing has been found. Brought to Earth by an angel of God. And the long awaited proof that not only was he real but he really was a rebel and defied all authority on his own authority is finally revealed.
New New Testament Gospel of John
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Series: Books of New New Testament, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,670. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christianity
New New Testament Gospel of John is more like an acid trip than the preceding gospels. It reveals a few other ideas and a few brilliant secrets about the true nature of the story of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of John is a fairy tale. It was written to tell a story not to dictate how the Christians were to wage their war on the rest of the world. Read it to understand the message.
New New Testament Gospel of Luke
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Series: Books of New New Testament, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,550. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Blasphemy, Heresy & Apostasy
The Gospel of Luke is a variation on the other two before it and the one after it. Luke speaks with authority though perhaps not so much love for Jesus. His angle is a little more like Paul. Luke does inspire a little outrage. Though most believers would find such a notion blasphemous, the writer of the New New Testament suspects that this may have been intentional. A dare to question.
New New Testament Gospel of Mark
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Series: Books of New New Testament, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,390. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Theology
The Gospel of Mark varies a little from The Gospel of Matthew. It leaves out the birth of Jesus Christ. It is shorter. There are enough things to attack and enough contradiction to expose. It pays very little attention to the women in the life of Jesus, not only his wife Mary Magdalene but all the other women of the court. One has the feeling that Mark just was not into it as much as Matthew.
New New Testament Gospel of Matthew
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Series: Books of New New Testament, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,640. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2011. Category: Essay » Literature
The Gospel of Matthew, the story of Jesus Christ, remains the same except it is updated and cross referenced with what we have learned over the years. This version assumes that the book is an ancient fairy tale and seeks to find the story hidden within the story. The story is borrowed from astrology and upon examination this becomes clear as does other interesting social critique.
Aaron: The Fall of America
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 111,420. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Aaron has been prepared by a secret NASA team to test fly a faster than light speed craft. His two week trip costs him eight Earth years. The project has bankrupt America. America must abandoned the space age and resorts to a fundamental christian dictatorship age. America has taking their armies out of all lands but South America. Aaron is selected to do a job for another government agency.
Castle City Manifest
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 111,660. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Castle City, the home of Royal Family and Drave servants. After thousands of years of reign, King Namor, the Drave King, left his castle to find the lost library and to eat fresh fish from the ocean. Barbaralba was a Drave from an ocean village. She was a great fisher until she learned that her mother was a servant in Castle City. After visiting the castle city she became determined to fight it.
Gyfafy One Word Religion
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,530. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy
Some will call it Pagan's Protest, some The Atheist's Bible. Some Blatant Blasphemy. It is a critique on many of our unquestioned beliefs. It is a look at where the world is and where we are in it. It is a collection of short essays, rants, poems and short stories. It is a challenge for the reader to think outside of the paradigm that should have been long dead. Religion is dead. The gods are not.
Steve's New Bloody Torah
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,000. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2010. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Judaism
Steve's New Bloody Torah exposes the books of Moses in its true character. Tyranny, oppression, rape and hate. Some will find it blasphemous while others will find it humorous. There has been many years of research and work put into the updated version and is meant to reveal the nature of the old fairytale that has been sold with brutal marketing to be a holy book. It is not.