Interview with Kittie Howard

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Definitely word of mouth! With so much going on in Louisiana -- from jazz fests to Mardi Gras -- friends tell friends going to Louisiana about my book. The combination of personal stories growing up in Louisiana and the state's history offers more depth than a quick zip through the alphabet. At 35,000+ words, I've written what I'd like to read before I visit a place. There's more to travel than showing up. For a truly memorable visit, one should have a feeling for what's going on beyond the usual touristy stuff.
Describe your desk
Thanks to WiFi, my desk is anywhere I can plop ye ole bod in the house. But there are fav spots -- propped up in bed (as I am now) or on the family room sofa. If I'm on the bed, notebooks and pens are to my right (with Diet Pepsi can on the stand to the left). But I've learned not to use pens that leak because, ahem, it was tough getting one ink stain out of a bed cover. Since the coffee table is to the left of the sofa, that's not a problem. But knocking over my can of Diet Pepsi is. Yipes! But, that said, I like everything neat and tidy at the end of the day. As Scarlett said, "After all, tomorrow is another day!"
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
So much of the answer is in my A-Z book about Louisiana, the experiences of living on a farm, in a small town near a lake, and, later, in New Orleans. But what influenced me the most was the simplicity of rural life. Not that complex issues don't exist. They do. Barrels of issues exist. It's the coping with issues that gets to the nitty gritty. I remember my grandfather saying, "If it is, do something; if it isn't, don't make a problem."
When did you first start writing?
I can't pinpoint a date. It seems like I've always had a pen or pencil in my hand or bent over a typewriter or worked at a computer. Actually, I had a bit of difficulty getting used to a computer's keyboard as I'm a really fast typist. Since my fastest speed was 102 words per minute on a manual, it took a bit to slow my fingers down to function in a different rhythm. A keyboard's geared for about 80 words per minute, still a jagged speed at times. But, more to the question, I've written newspaper articles, reviews, and so on for as long as I can remember.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book, "Louisiana's A-Z Something Extra: Lagniappe," is that Louisiana is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual state steeped in history and tradition that must be experienced beyond the superficial to be enjoyed.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have several nieces who aren't interested in their family's deep Louisiana roots. So, okay, when they're ready to tap roots that go back to 1679, my stories will be there. The Internet is forever.
Published 2014-01-12.
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Books by This Author

Louisiana's A-Z Something Extra: Lagniappe
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,170. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference, Nonfiction » Reference » Directories
A personal and historical journey through Louisiana visits the Bayou State's four corners. From alligators in bayous to Zydeco music, the historical background and the author's stories of growing up in Louisiana give the reader a warm-hearted, sometimes poignant, look at a state influenced by three colonial powers--France, Spain, and England--and today's Creole and Cajun cultures.
Rings of Trust
Price: Free! Words: 32,080. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
When David Broussard leaves Iwo Jima, the decorated Marine thinks he'll never be in combat again. The Ku Klux Klan thinks otherwise in rural Louisiana in 1953. The white supremacists come after him when his son accepts an invitation to a black child's birthday party. A man disappears, and the Klan leaves David Broussard a note: 'You're next.' He needs help to protect his family. But whom to trust?
Remy Broussard's Christmas
Price: Free! Words: 14,760. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Inspirational
As Christmas approaches, a bullied child withdraws from friends and questions the meaning of Christmas. A South Louisiana community comes together to stop the bullying and open Remy's heart to the meaning of Christmas.