Interview with Janice Elliott-Howard

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to spend time improving on my photography and spending time with my grandchildren. I have a thirst for knowledge so I'm always reading how-to books. Occasionally, I like to binge watch a wide variety of series.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Sometimes I get an email from a book retailer and other times I will hear about it from a friend. In many instances I will just jump on twitter to read about the book buzz of the day.
What is your writing process?
My writing process consist of me coming up with the concept and putting together an outline. Then I have to visualize my characters and talk it out. Some times you have to heard it out loud before it can become real at least that's what works for me. So I will record myself speaking out scenarios. Later I would come back and transcribe what was said and beef up my outline. Then I have to think about what the cover should look like and I work on designing it. After about two weeks, I sit at my laptop, put on my headphones and listen to classical music as I type up the opening to the story. I usually type for about two to three hours a day.
What do you read for pleasure?
My guilty pleasure is usually a how-to book on some topic that I know nothing about. I learned how to change a bathroom sink from a book and was so very proud when I was done.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I every wrote was in the 9th grade where my favorite teacher Mrs. Scarborough assigned the topic "how do you see your future?" It was suppose to be double-spaced and at least three pages. I got an "A" on the paper and all of what I wrote became my reality in some shape or form as an adult.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1984 - It's the very first book that I read back in middle school where I could put myself in the place of the main character Winston Smith
One day My Soul Just Opened Up - Everyday can't be a good day and sometimes it's good to have something to remind us that any day that you can move forward is good.
The Courage to be Rich - I enjoy anything that teaches me something new.
Don't Blink & Guilty Wives - I enjoy a good crime fiction and yet I can't write one of my own.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have always used a nook for e-reading and I have it on my ipad, phone and computer.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media has been a great marketing technique for me more so on Twitter than Facebook. The audience is endless on each of these mediums and all you want is for someone to tell two friend who then tell two friends and so on. I also like to share my opinion about things going on in the world so I have a blog space. It gives people a chance to get a flare for my communication style because I tend to write the way I speak like I am having a one-on-one conversation.
Describe your desk
Currently, I don't have a desk. I sit at my dinning room table with a 32 oz. jar of water, my laptop, headphones and a writing pad with pen just in case I get off topic and need to make a note of it. The stick notes on the computer get in the way so I find having a writing pad handy is best.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New York city in the borough of Queens. My mom did the best she could to provide for us and the neighborhood was not the best. I think that I have many story lines to share because art imitates life on so many levels.
When did you first start writing?
I have been trying to write my first novel since about 2000 and I had a paragraph here and a paragraph there but never was serious about it. Then when I became a Computer Lab Instructor for a small junior college in 2013 which is something I never saw coming in my direction, I decided that writing can be an avenue of stress relief as well as a possible career. I sat in my office one day while the students were testing on the computer and I started writing from a place where I knew the story building characters and descriptions until by the end of a week I had the makings of a first chapter draft. I stuck with it until I finished my first project in early 2015.
Published 2015-07-25.
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Books by This Author

I Hate Him
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 55,420. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
Brenda and Richard have a twenty-year relationship with the normal ebbs and flows. One day Brenda decides that she needs a fresh start. A start without Richard by her side. Without consideration for her current commitments, she goes off to begin again.
Communications Through A Fence - Conversations Between A Jailed Mother And Her Young Children
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,130. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Absentee parents
A young mother makes bad decisions that affect the welfare of her children. They are too young to understand why mommy behaves the way that she does. All they know is that nothing in their life is constant except disappointment. The parents do not feel remorse until their way of life is compromised.
Thoughts in the Car - Lawless Edition
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,690. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2017. Categories: Essay » Legal, Essay » Sociology
A collection of blog posts and podcasts reflecting the climate of the number of  law enforcement officers who kill without cause.  An analysis of the mood in America as this situation continues to perpetuate on almost a daily basis.
The Adventures of John, James and Jack: Book Two - Choices
Series: The Adventures of John, James and Jack. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,620. Language: American English. Published: August 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
The trio is moving onto high school. They are physically and mentally prepared for what is about to happen. Can they handle it emotionally? The trio has decisions to make that could break the ties or tighten them. Can this cause trouble as they are all starting anew? Join me to find out.
Thoughts in the Car - Political Corner Edition
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,410. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » White house
A collection of blog posts and podcasts reflecting the climate of the 2016 Presidential Election Campaign. 
Charlie The Hood Houdini
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,530. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Charlie masters the art of escape. The Hood Houdini has one last illusion that could cost him the ultimate price. Will you root for Charlie? Will anyone? Find out what makes Charlie tick and how he became the Hood Houdini.
Being A Grandmother
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 38,440. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Grandparenting, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Parenting / child rearing
In these pages share my journey of the ups and downs of being a grandmother. Here is where I tell all the good, the bad, and the ugly of the job that many of us are drafted into at some point during middle-age.
How I Wish I Had My Mother - A Daughter's Story
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 34,460. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Parenting / parent & adult child, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Elder care
This is a story of a woman missing the guidance, friendship and closeness of her mother.
The Confidant Tells
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,590. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Three short stories about friendships, relationships, adultery, deception and how the characters handle each situation while having one link to connect them all in the story teller. Dominica and Dragon meet by chance but is it worth it in the end? Robert and Amy look happy from a far. Josephina and Casper have a relationship that all their friends want in theory.
The Adventures of John, James and Jack: Book One
Series: The Adventures of John, James and Jack. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,800. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
This is the beginning of the series that will take you on a journey of John, James and Jack from teenage to adulthood. Join me in getting to know them in this first installment.