Brendan Howlin – author insights

Mar 5th, 2017 | By | Category: Articles, Pagan People

3165When did you first realise you wanted to write?

I’ve always written and drawn as long as I can remember.
What was your first book?

The Handbook of Urban Druidry
What makes you stand out as an author?

I’m a secular scientist and Druid writing for a pagan audience.
Do you have any writing rituals – time, place, tools, etc?

I just write whenever I have a gap in my schedule and see how things go. As I work more than full time I just don’t have any real downtime.
Who or what inspires you?

It is mostly my experience of tutoring for the OBOD course which suggests common themes that I can explore.
Who is/are your book(s) for?

The non dogmatic reader who wants an insight into alternative ways of seeing or doing
What do you do when you aren’t writing?

I am a full time scientist working on making electric vehicles realistic
If you could write full time, would you?

No, I enjoy all of the other things I do as well.
How long does it take you to create a book?

At least a couple of years.
Do you plan meticulously before you start, or go with the inspiration of the moment, or some combination thereof?

No, I just start and hope it all comes together later on.
When /how did you find your own voice as an author?

This was actually very hard because as a scientist we are taught to write dispassionately and that doesn’t work for books. I found a great voice for the Handbook of Urban Druidry and then worried that I had lost it for the Urban Ovate
What gets you exited about a project?

I have to be excited about what I am doing or I just won’t do it.
Do you like working collaboratively?

I have but I’m not a great team player.
What do you hope your work will achieve?

Get more people interested in making a small change that will enrich their lives
Where can people find you?

I’m on the internet.
If you could change something about the publishing industry, what would it be?

Personally my experience of the publishing industry is unfailingly positive.
What’s the worst advice you’ve ever been given about writing?

Plan everything in advance and set aside time to write…nothing happens for me!
We all like a positive review, but is there anything else in a review that you could get excited about?

If a review is bad then one is always upset but one review I got saying that I was like a 12 year old boy really made me laugh!
Describe your reading habits.

Eclectic, ranging from fantasy, science fiction, thrillers to esoteric literature. I personally like Spanish fiction at the moment.
Do you review books? What kinds of things do you look for in a book?

It needs to be instantly readable with a clear message.
What author stereotypes are true for you?

Opinionated, touchy and sometimes downright irascible.
How does being an author work with being a parent, partner, significant other…

Fortunately my Wife is also a writer so there are long periods of sitting around not talking to each other.
What do you want to be remembered for?

Being a unique person but then everyone is really.
If you could have anyone, living or dead do your book covers, who would you pick?

I quite fancy having my book covers done by Marie Louise Vigee LeBrun who is an excellent and underrated artist.
How much have you changed as a writer since you started out?

A lot, getting to the end and getting a book out tells you that you can actually do it
What annoys you?

What makes you happy?

Nice people
What do you worry about?

The usual, like everyone else.
Hardbacks, paperbacks or ebooks?

I like hardbacks, it is the feel of the book.
How do you feel about illustrations in books for adults?

I quite like them.
Are there any types of writing you know you’d never try?

Sex, don’t know enough!


Brendan Howling is the author of The Handbook of urban Druidry and Pagan Portals The Urban Ovate

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