Interview with N.J. Howell

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love being in nature, taking meditation and mindfulness walks. I also enjoy acting, every chance I get, and writing scripts for web series I am part of online.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually, a friend will recommend something to me. Nothing like word of mouth for credibility in my book. If someone I admire says it's good, I tend to be more willing to check it out.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do not. I remember creating an MTV-type story (long before MTV) around that old song "Ain't no hain't gonna run me off" though so it started WAY back.
What is your writing process?
I almost always write in my head first, talk it out loud like I'm giving a workshop on the process, let it simmer for days, months or even years til the time is right to put it on paper. Often, the trigger will be from a question someone else has asked me, as a wellness coach. I might write one paragraph to them and that paragraph hangs around in my head until I've written much more about it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One of the first was Swiss Family Robinson. I connected with a sense of adventure that I hadn't known was in me. Another memorable early story was David Copperfield, for entirely different reasons. David's story helped me know I was not alone in some of the things I was facing.
How do you approach cover design?
Ha. With terror. It is the hardest part of all for me at this point. As soon as I can afford one, I will have someone on board who lives for creating covers and I will dust my hands of that task altogether.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
As mentioned for reasons mentioned, Swiss Family Robinson and David Copperfield.

Another oldie but goodie is Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard, because it awakened in me what I recognized as a deep and profound connection to the mysteries of nature.

More recently, Matrix Energetics and anything by Echardt Tolle, because they feed me in rich, powerful ways that help me see my world and enjoy my world with my joy, grace, ease and awareness.
What do you read for pleasure?
The posts of my fb friends, interesting tweets, funny stuff and information on increasing energy and good health.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm very new at this but, so far, Facebook and Twitter.
Describe your desk
Very full, ha. Pile of books, digital scale, all sorts of papers, my glasses, my coffee cup.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up mostly in the rural south. I'd say the flavor of small-town life does filter into most of what I write but also the perspective on big-city living from having lived my formative years out of that millieu. As a writer and an actor, the southern voice is most natural to me and like most environments there's a rich complexity within that... Redneck southern is not at all the same as Southern Belle, for example.
When did you first start writing?
In my head, probably shortly after birth. On paper, in Jr. High. I remember that being the highlight of the school year, any project where I got to write a story. That, and being in Glee Club and in plays.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have gone several rounds with poverty consciousness in my life. In the midst of yet a deeper round, a friend asked me if I could design a regimen that I would give to someone else facing the same situation. It was an amazing suggestion. In the process of going back through the times I had shifted into the vibration of abundance before, as well as going through what was different on a vibrational level with the planet now, I quickly shifted my awareness dramatically, with almost instant results in my outer reality. I wrote the book for me... and I hope it helps others as well.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I couldn't not do it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I honestly think Smashwords is AWESOME. I don't know if I could have ever waded through all the learning curves of formatting an ebook in all the ways that Smashwords does for it's authors. I may never have published an ebook at all had it not been for the relative grace and ease that is here, in this format. It is also extremely noteworthy that my ebooks could be found via a google search the next day after publishing. That is quite amazing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I feel as if I've been able to bring something of value forward and when I hear back from someone that it helped them.
What do your fans mean to you?
My ego likes fans. I am tolerant of it. I say, ok, Little Self, I see you, wanting approval. My Spirit couldn't care less who likes or doesn't like the ebooks I write. They are for who they are for and those people will know.
What are you working on next?
Not sure yet but I'm pondering either a book on using herbs safely and effectively or on positive affirmations or a rewrite of a previous spiritual writing or an ebook on creating believable characters as an actor or ....
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to name. Depends on my mood and why I'm reading something.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Gratitude. Before feet hit floor, I find something to be grateful for and this helps me get up, even when I may be feeling less than enthusiastic about the day before me.
Published 2014-05-23.
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Books by This Author

Abundance: The New Way
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 9,790. Language: American English. Published: May 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Philosophy » New age philosophy
A potent metaphysical approach to abundance! Allowing your most abundant life to spring from you into your world, your new world, in the new way. If you like Tolle, Robbins, Dyer or Abraham-Hicks, you are more likely to resonate with the approach.