Interview with Patrick Allen Howard

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a short horror story titled Night of the Wolf. It was about a man trapped in a cabin with a werewolf frequently attacking. It was written in a first person perspective. It was originally intended to be used for an English project in middle school.
What is your writing process?
I construct the story in my mind first. Structuring the story before I write gives me something to write to. It is a long process but I do it to get the best story possible. Mental notes are key.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read was one of the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine. That book hooked me into reading and helped strengthen my imagination. After reading it I knew I wanted to be writer.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to visualize what I want the cover to be and write a description for a cover designer. The cover, like the book, will take a life of its own.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read books on mythology. There is a common story in the mythologies of the world and I a fascinated by it. Patterns exist even if religion tells us otherwise.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Making the Ebook free has been the most effective marketing technique. The book will promote itself even with expensive marking campaigns.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was a child. I found that I had a strong imagination and a flare with language. Writing has been an important part of my life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Warrior's Beckoning is military styled combat against shadow creatures. It's written in first person perspective and is fast paced. There is also an allegorical story line. It's something I feel we can all relate to.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is when a reader enjoys my writing. Whether they just enjoyed my book or gained a bit of wisdom from it, there is no greater joy than seeing a satisfied reader.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on The Warrior's Beckoning: Whispers of Shadow. It's an expansion story that continues The Warrior's Beckoning. I am also working on The Warrior and LIlith: A Dark Romance. This will be the sequel to The Warrior's Beckoning.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
There is much to be done. I get out of bed each day because I want to help others. Be it taking care of my cats or helping a customer at work. I will make the world better.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend a lot of time exercising. By keeping my body strong I keep my mind healthy.
Published 2016-09-03.
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Books by This Author

The Storm Within
Price: Free! Words: 3,270. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Four characters are facing a coming storm. Something awaits within the storm.
Honoris
Price: Free! Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
The code of Honoris
Hope Is Within
Price: Free! Words: 8,310. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
This my life journey to you. In this poetry you will know my heart. You will know my walk with God. May it inspire you on your journey. You need only to look within to find hope. Be well my reader. May you always walk in the Light.
The Warrior's Beckoning
Price: Free! Words: 45,130. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
A war is raging amidst the unknown. Both sides, light and dark, are gathering their warriors to do battle.