Kittie Howard is a Geaux Tigers LSU grad who was born in New Orleans. She spent her formative years with her mother and sister on her grandparents' farm in Pointe Coupeé Parish while her father commuted weekends between the farm and LSU's Law School. They later moved to New Roads, the parish seat. She writes fiction novellas centered around the farm's rural environment. However, her latest book, "Louisiana's A-Z Something Extra: Lagniappe" is non-fiction, a personal and historical journey through the Bayou State.
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!"
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.
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?
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.