Meet author Barbara Howard

Barbara Howard is the author of a 3-part series called, "Finding Home." She previously worked in the tech industry; however, she found a way to make her passion her career.

1. Tell us about your background and journey.

I began writing as a young child. By the time I entered college, I was convinced that a career as a novelist would not be practical financially. I considered a photojournalism career, but eventually, I opted for a place in the emerging tech industry. No regrets because I had an amazing career and the people and experiences fuel the stories that I create. 2. When did you decide that you wanted to be a writer?

I decided I wanted to be a writer when I was in fourth grade in Mrs. Goolsby’s class. I remember the reaction she had to my short stories and how she shared them with teachers and school counselors. The funny part is, she was my least favorite teacher of all.

3. Do you write for a living or do you have another career?

Writing is my current profession.

4. Who is your favorite author and why?

I don’t have one favorite author. I have a favorite anthology, Black Voices, and within that collection, I gravitate toward the works of Langston Hughes.

5. What inspires you?

Relationships and community. Watching the interaction of people with the circumstances of life and their amazing resilience makes me want to build scenarios and create multi-dimensional characters to put in them. 6. What does your typical day look like as an author?