Daris Howard

Biography

Daris Howard is an author and playwright who grew up on a farm in rural Idaho. He associated with many colorful characters including cowboys, farmers, lumberjacks and others. Besides his work on the farm he has worked as a cowboy and a mechanic. He was a state champion athlete and competed in college athletics. He also lived for eighteen months in New York.
Daris and his wife, Donna, have ten children and were foster parents for several years. He has also worked in scouting and cub scouts, at one time having 18 boys in his scout troop.
His plays, musicals, and books build on the characters of those he has associated with, along with his many experiences, to bring his work to life.
Daris is a math professor and his classes are well known for the stories he tells to liven up discussion and to help bring across the points he is trying to teach. His scripts and books are much like his stories, full of humor and inspiration.
He and his family have enjoyed running a summer community theatre where he gets a chance to premiere his theatrical works and rework them to make them better. His published plays and books can be seen at http://www.darishoward.com. He has plays translated into German and French and his work has been done in many countries around the world.
In the last few years, Daris has started writing books and short stories. He writes a popular news column called Life’s Outtakes, that consists of weekly short stories and is published in various newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Canada including Country, Horizons, and Family Living.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read books like James Herriot's "All Creatures Great and Small", Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie" and other such books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I usually read on my laptop computer for my reading device.
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Where to find Daris Howard online


Where to buy in print


Books

April Fools (Comedy/Drama Play Script)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,030. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2015. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Plays » Religious & Liturgical
Three roommates play an April Fools joke on their roommate by setting her up with a nonexistent guy. But when a guy arrives who has been beaten and mugged and can't remember who he is she thinks he is the guy. Things get interesting.
(Under Open Skies) Super Cowboy Rides Again
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 62,300. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor, Fiction » Inspirational
School is out, and Tommy Johnson is back in trouble again as his antics cause one disaster after another. He is assigned to work with his tough-as-nails grandmother so she can keep an eye on him, but trouble finds him wherever he goes. And Grandma isn’t immune from causing a little bit of havoc herself.
(Essence of the Heart) The Royal Tutor
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 88,040. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
When Jacob, the captain of the guard, is given the assignment by the queen to tutor her tomboy daughter, he feels it is a humiliating assignment. He trains her like he does his men, hoping she will complain to her mother and get him released, but instead, she becomes a princess like no other. And when Jacob find out someone is trying to kill her, her sword fighting skills might save them both.
A Christmas Carol - Drama Script
Price: Free! Words: 16,490. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » African
In this adaption of the story by Charles Dickens, the playwright has used his skills as a playwright, as well researching both the time period and the life of Dickens, to bring an understanding of who Scrooge was, why he was the way he was, and what Dickens was trying to share in this story.
Under Open Skies - Born To Run, Live To Be Free
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 82,690. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Intermediate, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
In this new book in the Under Open Skies series, Tom Johnson is in his early 20's and struggling to make it through college and take care of his little family. To earn some extra money to help out with his family income, he procures a job taking care of horses. When the lady he works for buys a famous old race horse, Tom begins learns what true freedom really is.
Angels Among Us - Life's Outtakes Year 7 (52 Humorous and Inspirational Short Stories)
You set the price! Words: 36,650. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Inspirational
52 Humorous And Inspirational Short Stories!      from year 7 of Life's Outtakes, a nationally syndicated column by Daris Howard. From the humor of a what students write in Student Communications to the wonderment of a child in need of a friend in Angels Among Us, this is a fun look at family and community l
Super Cowboy Rides
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 55,830. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Inspirational
Meet six-year-old Tommy Johnson, Super Cowboy and Super Story-teller. Want to build a box to capture wild cats that roam the farm? How about tips on catching a greased pig at the fair, or teaching a stubborn lamb to avoid being trampled by angry milk cows? From the first paragraph, when Tommy explains why a boy needs a dog for a pet instead of a cat, he wins us over with his down-to-earth humor.
Snow White And The Seven Little Dudes (Comedy/Drama Play Script)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,750. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Drama/Comedy Play Script Anyone who is anyone in Rocklandia is part of a band. But the queen, from a foreign country, can’t sing. She dreams of a baby that will have a beautiful voice. Her baby, Susan, whom everyone calls Snow White, is born with a beautiful voice. When the queen dies and the king marries a woman from Operaland, the trouble begins.
It's Ninety Percent Mental (Life's Outtakes Year 6) 52 Humorous And Inspirational Short Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 36,150. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013. Categories: Essay » Literature
52 humorous and inspirational short stories from year 6 of Life's Outtakes, a nationally syndicated column by Daris Howard. From the humor of a girl's wrath in A Practical Joke Gone Awry to the touching reminder of those who are less fortunate in The Year I Lived Christmas, this is a fun look at family and community life.
Singing To The End Of Life (Life's Outtakes Year 5) 52 Humorous And Inspirational Short Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 34,840. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
From the inspiration of a dying soldier’s wish of Singing To The End Of Life to the humor of Football Through The Eyes Of A Child, these 52 humorous and inspirational short stories (one for each week of the year) will make you laugh, reminisce, and contemplate the relationships you cherish most.
Truth And Consequences (Melodrama Play Script)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,520. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2013. Categories: Plays » American / African American
The heroine's father has died leaving an intriguing will. He left to his daughter his fortune, but no none knows where or what it is. The hero and his friends, Beaker and Charlie, have got to find it before the villain and his cohort.
The Mail-Order Bride
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 68,950. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Unable to find work in England, Eli left for America, leaving his fiancee behind. But that was all behind him now. He had written to Molly every day for the two years, and now she was coming so they could be married. But Eli was in for a surprise. Unknown to him, Molly had married. She had bought him a mail-order bride, and Eli's life was going to suddenly take an unexpected twist.
Nothing But A Miracle (Life's Outtakes - Year 4) 52 Humorous and Inspirational Short Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,920. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
52 stories, one for each week, from the popular story column "Life's Outtakes". These stories are a humorous and inspirational view of community and family life. From the inspiration of dying soldier's last wish in "Singing To The End Of Life" to the humor of "Football Through The Eyes Of A Child" these stories will keep you laughing and make you think about what is really import.
When Life Is More Than We Dreamed (Life's Outtakes - Year 3) 52 Humorous and Inspirational Short Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 41,330. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
52 humorous and inspirational short stories, one for each week of the year. These stories are taken from the popular column, "Life's Outtakes". From "Life's More Than We Dreamed", a story of life turning out better then we expect, to the humor of "Halloween Costumes worn early" these stories will keep you laughing or help you think more deeply about what matters most.
All's Well Here (Life's Outtakes - Year 2) 52 Humorous and Inspirational Short Stories
You set the price! Words: 37,250. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
52 humorous and inspirational short stories, one for each week of the year. These stories are taken from the popular column, "Life's Outtakes". From the "All's Well", a story of a community pulling together to help a family in need, to the humor of a practical joke gone awry in "The April Fool's Joke" these stories will keep you laughing or help you think more deeply about what matters most.
The Three Gifts
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,920. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Three young men are convicted of mugging little children for their Halloween candy. Instead of sentencing them to jail as is expected the judge sentences them to 100 hours babysitting at the Women's Crisis center. They were prepared for jail but they were not prepared for what lies in store for them as the children become part of their lives.
When The World Goes Crazy (Life's Outtakes Year 1) 52 Humorous and Inspirational Short Stories
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,050. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
52 humorous and inspirational short stories, one for each week of the year, from the popular column "Life's Outtakes". From the inspiration of a father's love for his daughter in "Tinkertoys In The Cupboard", to the humor of a want-to-be athlete in "The Nose Warmer", these stories will keep you laughing and make you think about what is really important in life.

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