My Name is Howard and I am a debut author, my first novel The Blue Heron is currently self published on the Kindle platform.
I was born in north London in 1964; I left school at16 and joined the Royal Armoured Corps in 1980. Since leaving the British Army after three years of service I worked as a builder before going back to college in 1991 at the age of 27 studying Computer Science. After two years and successfully gaining my Computer Science qualification I worked in the IT industry as a business analyst / business change project manager until 2000. I now l live in Dorset with his family and run a successful window cleaning services business.
I think The Blue Heron has an unusual setting, being deep in the swamplands of central Louisiana and different interwoven circumstances and characters that blend well as the story progresses. It seems to defy a category, exploring the social issues of mental illness and personal struggle, corruption, crime, suspense, loyalty, revenge and heartbreak. I think the story is emotionally engaging, following Samuel Kennedy as he battles to overcome the torment of his bipolar mind. On the surface everyday life appears normal but under the surface life is a web of human complexity, pressure and tension.
The story contains unexpected events, twists and turns, having an undercurrent of darkness that pulls at the heart-strings with some unexpected moral dilemma’s and questions of personal morality.
I have two prequels to The Blue Heron waiting to be written, I can feel them swirling around in my subconscious and every now and then they give me a glimpse of themselves.
The primeval richness and natural beauty of the humid untamed landscapes of the central Louisianan swamplands contrast starkly with its other dark characteristics. These being of perceived menace and disease which are interwoven in local culture and folklore with myths and legends that depict ghosts, spirits and supernatural evil. It is possible that these opposing characteristics of central Louisianan swamplands mirror the opposing dark and light elements of my character which are in a continual struggle, one to dominate the other, and as such revealed itself as the backdrop to the story.
At times the events, outcomes or twists and turns within the story were as much a surprise to me as they were to the characters themselves and will be to readers and I now am looking forward to starting the first prequel to The Blue Heron