David George Howard
Master of Arts
Indiana University, 2010
Thesis: THE HARD-BOILED DETECTIVE: PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND THE PURSUIT OF REDEMPTION
Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineer
University of Michigan, 1984
After graduating from U of M, I took a job in the aerospace industry, in which I still work. I had always dabbled with writing fiction until about ten years ago when I decided to really start learning how to construct stories. Putting a story together, whether written, spoken, sung or on the movie screen is not a random act; it requires attention to both content and presentation. These are the things I hoped to learn and apply by going back to school and seeking out professionals in this vocation. Although I will not claim to come anywhere close to completely understanding the art of storytelling, further learning convinced me that a little education is a wonderful thing.
The choice of my Masters thesis came from a belief that novels have been and continue to be a force in our culture. One does not have to dig too far to see this. I gravitated to detective fiction because this is a very matter of fact narrative form, and if done correctly does not trick the reader. The themes from the best of this genre are provocative and resonate beyond the era in which they were produced. My hope is that readers will read not only for entertainment, but also to learn and ask further questions about why we are what we are.
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by David George Howard
Approx. 101,590 words.
Published on September 22, 2013.
Decades of progress have come at a cost. After years of dividing society along genetic lines, those born with privilege take what they have for granted. However, the lines of separation are not as clear as they wish them to be. One violent act exposes the fragility and dangers of dictated perceptions.
Beneath The Skin
by David George Howard
Approx. 22,550 words.
Published on May 7, 2011.
Everyone has to live through an event which, whether they like it or not, defines who they are. This event may result in an extraordinary action or reveal an internal demon that has to be dealt with. Each story in this collection says, "this is who I really am" and asks, "what do I do now?"
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