August 30th 2016 – the Mari Howard Blog’s now integrated on the Hodge website.
Followers will already know that the blog ranges over a lot more than writing. It reflects some my wider world, the world which inspires, informs, and enthuses the stories in my fiction. Or in the case of nature study and walks, fills out the details.
What I write is sometimes called ‘Crossover’, meaning it doesn’t fall easily into any genre or onto any shelf in libraries or bookshops. For a talk I’m preparing to give on my work, I’ve chosen the title ‘A Genre of One’s Own’ – alluding of course to Virginia Woolf’s well known book, A Room of One’s Own, in her case, a space to write.
This title expresses the need to tell a story as I see it, rather ‘writing to the market’. Baby, Baby and The Labyrinth Year are admittedly family tales, but also embody important themes of contemporary life as central plot drivers. They consider the implications of reproductive science for society, and the more hidden clash of cultures in our secular society. They also embody an element of mystery, which helps to carry the story along.
The result, neither popular light fiction nor literary fiction, lies somewhere between – hence crossover. This underlies my decision to publish independently: and I was so happy to discover ALLi (Alliance of Independent Authors) back in 2013. ALLi is international, and supports, encourages, informs, and generally draws together all of us who are ‘Indie writers’ today.
Many of us (me included) publish in paperback, but many of us also take advantage of the e-publishing era. (Find my paperback books on the website, and Amazon, or on Amazon Kindle.) Some of us have become involved with the LitFest at Hawkesbury Upton, SOuth Gloucestershire, (read about these on the website).
You can discover more about ALLi and the indie publishing scene by clicking on the icon for ‘ethical author’ on the website, or look for us here
Below are a few photos which tell you a bit more ‘about me’, and my life away from the desk.
Mari Howard is, by the way, a pen name. But ‘me’ is pretty much the same person …
All photos unless stated otherwise are my own, often taken for the blog. Please if you want to reproduce anything, request permission first: thank you!
Find my Books:
On the Hodge website: http://hodgepublishing.co.uk/home/
Or on Amazon (Paperback or Kindle)
Baby, Baby: here
The Labyrinth Year: here: