Interview with Kristina Howells

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Dunstable, a Market town 30 miles north of central London. This town was very inspirational as I wrote a lot of poetry, and my first book A Hatter Goes Mad based on the local football was published by the local publisher, who sadly no longer exists.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing at the age of four. It started with poetry, and then short stories. It wasn't until I was at Brunel University did I start taking writing seriously.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The latest book I am currently working on is an historical romance. I really do not want to give away to much, as I want to keep an element of surprise.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After several disasters with my publishers who went out of business, and the ease of being able to publish on line. It was this that motivated me to become an Indie Author, and I do not regret it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has helped, it is a great platform to help one get started in the publishing world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is writing the end, after spending weeks and months involved in the story. Then finally seeing it on a readers platform, and people buying it, giving positive reviews, you know it has all been worth while.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot, I'm grateful to everyone who buys and reads my books, without them I wouldn't be still writing.
What are you working on next?
After the historical romance, I am thinking of doing a sequel to A Soul Apart. I am still plotting, and writing the outline of it. So next year watch out....
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are Enid Blyton, Maya Angelou and Scott Fitzgerald
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Work inspires me to get out of bed, without it I would still be in it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing I go running once in a while, shopping and I play my violin in several orchestras, and music groups.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover the E books through other writers promoting their work, or looking through the smashwords home page, or my writer friends on Facebook give me links to their work, and a promotional copy so that I may read it for free and write a review.
What is your writing process?
Today I sit down at the computer and try to write the summary, then I start to write what I want to happen in each chapter. Then I start to research the characters, and their thought, personality, partners, lives and everything about them. This helps me then to start opening the story and getting swept up by them.
Published 2013-08-29.
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Books by This Author

The Spiritualist Diary
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,510. Language: American English. Published: July 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Jane a woman in her mid forties proceeds to show her husband the diary she had written some months before their marriage.
Una Voce
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,210. Language: British English. Published: March 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Felicity a talented violinist who takes the musical world by storm. Then she meets Marcus at a Racecourse. Is he all that appears to be? Is he leading her along paths she would rather not tread? Soon Felicity finds that her life mirrors the tempestuous music that she plays so well.
Price: Free! Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » European poetry
A collection of French poems translated into English. Un collection de poèmes français traduits en anglais.
The Boy That Never Was
Price: Free! Words: 920. Language: British English. Published: October 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Paul never knew the truth until he was saved from an avalanche. He had to find out where his friend was, with mysterious consequences.
Grizzly The Bear
Price: Free! Words: 1,200. Language: British English. Published: September 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Rosie and Molly never thought that things would turn out for the worst, as one day Molly was found drowning in the river. Grizzly their newfound friend saved the day, and then disappeared. Would Rosie ever find him again?
The Day The Alien Arrived On Earth
Price: Free! Words: 920. Language: British English. Published: September 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
One never knows what they find when they go into the woods. For Gracie and Sarah they knew that when they discovered something they shouldn't have had.
Victor The Viking
Price: Free! Words: 1,150. Language: British English. Published: September 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Victor the Viking was sent on a mission, a mission that was to have many trials and tribulations along the way. Will Victor survive and his crew as they end up stranded on a tropical island far, far away?
Peter's Dream
Price: Free! Words: 1,320. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Peter a young teenager at Beech High School, only ever had one dream. A dream that he hoped would one day come true. One day…
The Old House
Price: Free! Words: 1,270. Language: British English. Published: August 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Nothing could prepare the boys for what was about to happen as they made their way to the very old house in Twinkle Town. Was the legend true? Were they too going to disappear?
The Red Back
Price: Free! Words: 4,430. Language: British English. Published: July 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Celine never imagined in a million years the story that was to unfold, as she and her husband made the decision to emigrate to Australia. It is only after this move does the full horror of events become revelled in this short but moving novella.
Red Riding Hood And The Zombies
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,510. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: July 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Once upon a time there was a woman called Red Riding Hood. One day she went to visit her grandmother in the forest. This visit was like no other visit, as it was during this visit she soon was to learn her fate.
A Hatter Goes Mad
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,640. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby
Highs and lows in the history of Luton Town as told to a female fan by amongst others...
Daisy The Sheep
Price: Free! Words: 330. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
This short story is a modern day fairytale that has been specifically written for very young children. This is a little tale about a sheep called Daisy, and how she learnt not to tray away from the flock. Otherwise one day it could lead to disastrous consequences.
Understanding French Law An Expats Guide
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,520. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Reference
This book has been written to help anyone who is planning on staying or moving to France. It is also aimed at making life easy when looking for information when things go wrong, and looking for help with housing, setting up a business or getting married.
The Pride of Lions
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,110. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby, Nonfiction » History » Reference
Highs and lows in the history of Millwall F.C. as told to a young female by amongst others, Jimmy Carter, John Fashanu, Chris Hart, Margaret Moran MP and Fred Reveall. Relive with them the thrills of promotion, the tension and drama of relegation. Problems at the ground and the sharing of the community spirit.
Lettre Fatale
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,680. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Would Rachael be able to survive after being diagnosed as having cervical cancer? And if so at what cost?
The Stranger
Price: Free! Words: 1,280. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Nothing could prepare Mr Edwards to the encounter of a strange kind.
Te Deum
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,910. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
We've all done it. We've all met a gorgeous man and instantly fallen head over heals in love!
The Drought
Price: Free! Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
Strange things happen on the way, even in the middle of a drought.
The Mountain
Price: Free! Words: 750. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Nothing could prepare for their fate as they attempted to climb the most dangerous mountain in the world.
Haiku Moments
Price: Free! Words: 2,120. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Japanese Poetry
For lovers of Haiku everywhere. Kristina Howells creates her first collection of 100 Haikus, all ranging from different themes.
Santa's Daughter
Price: Free! Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
Melanie had no idea what life was like in the real world. Being part of the Christmas Empire began to take its toll on her. She rebelled, and was expelled from the land. Only time would tell if she ever went back or not.
Christmas Magic
Price: Free! Words: 2,370. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
For Sally the thought of spending Christmas all alone for the first time was a daunting prospect. Then a gentleman walked into her life with interesting consequences.
Without Passion
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,820. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
We've all done it, fell in love and moved in with our loved ones. Everything seems fine, except for one thing, you're a stepparent. Life then becomes a different issue. It is one that can either make or break a relationship.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,520. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
A home should be a home. For Christopher, and Francesca it wasn't. Neighbours were the reason for it. There was a long battle ahead with disastrous consequences along the way.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,150. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
This book is a collection of short stories that tell of one thing, Domestic Violence.
The Mansion On The Hill
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
Gail didn't know what was in store for her, when her husband Neil suprised her with a mansion on the hill.
The Theft
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,370. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
We have all had at some times in our lives been subjected to theft. It is even worse when it is a friend, especially a best friend.
Over A Hamburger
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 880. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
You never know who you will meet whilst eating at your favourite fast food restuarant. For Jenny it's just what happened.
The Murder Within
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,480. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
There was something not quite right, as Jennifer is called to investigate a murder. It is a tale with a twist. Who was really behind the murder within?
The Dark House
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 980. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
A dark old house situated on Twinkle Moor, was the vocal point for many village folk. Two journalists not afraid, go and discover the story, which had become folklore for centuries.
The Dark Day
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 800. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
Nothing could prepare Eve, in the events leading up to the doom. Life after was never the same again...
The Battle in Dam
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,170. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
No one could prepare the young journalist James Simons, for his first mission. It was something that he would never forget, as the Battle in Dam takes place>
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,020. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Nothing was worse than being in a possessive and demanding relationship. For Anna it meant one thing, she had to leave him. But she didn't know how until her friend had the answer.
The Fateful Day
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,170. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Karen never realised in a million years that taking a new job in Not, would leave her with many problems.
Law and Gospel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 73,340. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christianity
This book has been written to understand what is meant by the Law and Gospel. How the Ten Commandments are relevant to our walk with the Lord. The different categories of Law as defined in the bible, God’s law in today’s society, as well as God’s law in men’s hearts.
Destructive Melody
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,150. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Kirsty Black finally wins the National Election for the Purple Party, after a turbulant time with the blues. As she claims victory, a sniper is waiting in the wings...
L’Augmentation du parti Nazi
You set the price! Words: 12,810. Language: German. Published: June 7, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » History » War
Peu auraient cru que le Parti Nazi, en commençant comme un gang de soldats sans emploi en 1919, deviendrait le gouvernement juridique de l'Allemagne en 1933. En quatorze ans, un obscur caporal, Adolf Hitler, deviendrait le Chancelier d'Allemagne.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,860. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Nothing was more gruesome than the goings on in the underground hospital. A hospital that was built by prisoners of war was able to withstand centuries of men being tortured. The only time when the torture came to an end was when a young woman’s capturer fell in love with her. Zombies were then called to decide the fate of the hospital.
Price: Free! Words: 960. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Anthologies
This short story is about a young women who falls for a hoodie. Only to find that she was subjected to violence.
The Figure in the Graveyard
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,360. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
The twelve chimes began to sound as midnight came. The church standing tall above the gravestones saw the moon shimmering onto its mask as the first strike of the bell resounded over the graveyard...
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,500. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Repatriation is a short story about an oil refinary worker, who had to leave his long term girlfriend behind. When civil war broke out in Yemen it was a decision that made or broke their relationship.
The Imposter
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,460. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - single author
The poems in this book have been compiled to show different emotions in life. They take you through love, pain, hurt to complete emptiness
The Dark Secret
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,160. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
This is a short story about an elderly man whose past suddenly turns up to haunt him...
The Silence
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
This is a short story about an elderly women who was on holiday visiting her children in the south of France. When suddenly she was forced to stay away...
Facebook A Passion gone too far
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,610. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Facebook A Passion Goes Too Far is about a young women, who pursues her ex boyfriend in order to tell him the truth about the liaison that she had with him. Only to find out that whilst using Facebook, she was to succumb to the charms of an unemployed layabout.