Steve Howrie


I was born in Leicester, England, but spent most of my adult life in Scotland, where I was a member of Bute Writers' group. The interaction, positive feedback and general creative atmosphere of the group both improved my writing and pushed me to become more prolific. During my time in Scotland, I put together a collection of short stories and penned a situation comedy about bagpipes and relationships ('The Pipes, the Pipes'), which was staged by a local drama group on the Isle of Bute.

I have lived in China since 2008, and have been teaching there for the past ten years. Has my writing of the Bucket & Broom books been influenced by my work in China? Yes, certainly! I love writing, and strongly recommend joining a writer's group if you want to write books or short stories. They can really help you to get started, and get really good feedback on your work.
I currently live in Suzhou - a beautiful city close to Shanghai, which I highly recommend you visit if you ever come to China (I'll show you around!). I was a founder member of Suzhou Writers and Artists group and contributed to 'Letters from Suzhou', an anthology of writings published by the group (the book is on this website).

My currently completed works are: 'Bucket and Broom in China'; 'Bucket and Broom Tie the Knot'; '44 Acorn Grove' (an anthology of short stories); 'Alien Virus'; 'Time Leap 1: Date Me'; ‘Time Leap 2: Finding King Arthur’; and my newest work: ‘Time Leap 3: Double Fantasy’.

Apart from writing books, I play guitar and have written many songs, which I have performed with my band 'The Infractions' in Suzhou. During the COVID-19 lockdown time here in China, I decided to try my hand at making music videos. Considering I’d no previous experience of this, I’m quite pleased with the results! (You can find the videos on my YouTube Channel… search for Steve Howrie). I believe that if you have the passion to do something creative, just go and do it! There’s always an outlet for creativity in this World, and even if just one person's life has been touched by what you have written or produced, then it's well worth doing.

Happy reading… and stay safe!


Where to find Steve Howrie online

Where to buy in print


Time Leap 3: Double Fantasy
Price: $1.00 USD. (Free until May 31!) Words: 40,110. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Time travellers Joe Cooper and Niki Ling utilize the amazing power of Joe’s phone to explore past and future time zones. In Time Leap 3, they travel to New York in December 1980, where the couple attempt to avert the murder of John Lennon by Mark Chapman. This is not as easy as they imagine; but assisted by hitman Smirnoff, they do bring about a Beatles reunion. However, sinister things lie ahead.
Time Leap 2: Finding King Arthur
Price: Free! Words: 61,840. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
This is the second book in the Time Leap series. Book 1 ends with Niki and Joe stranded in a disaster-hit future by a Russian hit-man called Smirnoff. Book two continues the adventures of the time-travelling team as they encounter King Arthur and his knights, amazing people from ancient Egypt and Lemuria, and a great spiritual leader from the past.
Connected To You (And Other Song Lyrics)
Price: Free! Words: 6,650. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
(5.00 from 1 review)
This is a collection of 25 original lyrics from songwriter and author Steve Howrie.
The Pipes, the Pipes!
Price: Free! Words: 7,010. Language: British English. Published: July 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
(5.00 from 1 review)
This is the story of bagpipe player Dan Hunter and his obsession with the bagpipes. In a world where playing the pipes equates with drug addition, he is shunned by his wife and friends and eventually travels to London, desperately looking for an outlet for his craving. He finds this in Sheila, a young Australian with a bagpipe obsession greater than his own. But is this what he really wants?
Letters from Suzhou
Price: Free! Words: 52,690. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
This anthology was written by eight wonderfully creative expats living in Suzhou, China: Jacqueline Banki, Jessie Michael, Linn Birkeland Seim, Mark Critchley, Michael R. Davis, Sherri Younger, Simon Broom and Sybil Precious. We hope the book gives you the favour of the home-from-home we enjoyed for many years whilst members of Suzhou Writers and Artists Group. Enjoy!
Alien Virus
Price: $1.00 USD. (Free until May 31!) Words: 53,580. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
When journalist Kevin Lee first meets retired academic Frank Peters and hears about an intelligent alien virus that has invaded the Earth, he is naturally very skeptical. However, when Peters is murdered, his skepticism soon turns to a real concern for the future of the planet and the survival of mankind.
44 Acorn Grove and Other Stories
Price: Free! Words: 22,370. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
An anthology of short stories from author Steve Howrie. Each of story has an unpredictable twist in the tale - see if you can spot them! The topics range from Murder and Mystery, to Horror, Humour, Love and Relationships, Despite the huge popularity of novels today, short stories remain a wonderful way to put across interesting and thought-provoking ideas in just a few pages. Enjoy!
Time Leap
Price: Free! Words: 64,030. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
How many of us have wished for the ability to travel through time? With such a power we could save loved ones from personal tragedy, prevent major World disasters and catch a glimpse of what the future holds in store for us. Joe Cooper has found such a power – and uses it. Together with his partner Niki Ling and Russian hit-man Smirnoff they embark on a series of mind-boggling adventures.
Bucket & Broom in China
Price: Free! Words: 56,770. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
A very funny, light-hearted fictional diary/blog, seen through the eyes of misfit twenty-something Simon Broom. After starting a microbiology course, Simon lands a English teaching job in Shanghai, China, and heads off on a life-changing adventure with quirky girlfriend Julie Bucket. The story covers eight months in the young couple's lives as they struggle to find themselves in an alien culture.