cards for HULF 16Website live today – August 30th 2016 – so here’s the Mari Howard Blog, now integrated on the new 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.cat fight 2

sign to Starbotton      IMG_1737         The Fox and notice

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:

Hodge logo

On the Hodge websitehttp://hodgepublishing.co.uk/home/       TLY with MSF sticker

Or on Amazon (Paperback or Kindle)

The Labyrinth Yearhttp://amzn.to/1zL1sGv

Baby, Babyhttp://amzn.to/1Diln3m                                                   BB cover copy

Thoughts? Leave yours in my comments box.

8 thoughts on “About

  1. greyowl February 8, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    Good start, Flare. One point, though: I can’t read the orange subtitle against the coastal scene. Can you make the main title smaller, so that the subtitle flies in the sky? Viktor


    • MariHoward February 9, 2015 / 8:05 am

      Sadly the blog artwork isn’t as adaptable as that: I would personally like to not use orange but the orange showed up better than any of the other possible and vaguely tasteful colours available. Ideally, I would moderate both the large and the small typefaces. If I upgraded and paid for it I cd do this, but right now am not investing in upgrades till I get the hang of WordPress and see if the blog is going well.


    • MariHoward February 9, 2015 / 8:02 am

      Well I write novels under my pen name, and this blog is under the pen name as author – so it links to the books wherever they appear


  2. suesconsideredtrifles May 7, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    Thank you for finding and following my blog. I looked for yours via ACW and the link didn’t work. Then I did the obvious thing and clicked on your gravatar!! Sue


    • MariHoward June 18, 2016 / 8:41 pm

      And busy! Garden growing like crazy with all this rain … Yes it was an interesting story about the Atlantic …Hope to see you again at Hawkesbury. Cx


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