Justin Howlett: Comics and simple creations
Meeting the Rising Writer No. 3
Hello and good day, everyone! I’m here with our Tale Tuesday featured writer or was, and he kindly agreed to a virtual interview with us this week.
Justin started writing poems to vent his emotions and from there, he continued writing, eventually making his way into longer stories and later, novellas. Currently, he is working on his blog and short stories.
Thank you for agreeing to an interview, Justin.
Do you go by that name as a writer?
Either by Justin Howlett or Justin F.H
When did you start writing?
High school. I was working in a government office on a government grant. One day, I was surfing the Web and I came across a gothic literature Website. That Website inspired me to write.
What inspires your writing?
My three biggest inspirations are people in my life, music, and Doctor Who. But they are not my only ones.
What are you currently working on? How did you begin working on it?
I’ve been working on fantasy novella on and off for months. It’s called Melody’s Wishes. Melody Song discover’s an old MP3 Player in her office. The MP3 player contains a genie named Merton. Merton has to grant Melody unlimited wishes for a year. Other characters are: Sara, Melody’s girlfriend; Jack, Melody and Sara’s roommate; Myron, an evil genie; Angel, an angel who has been in a love triangle between herself, Myron, and Merton.
Give us insight to your main character. Who is he or she? What is his or her purpose?
Merton. He’s a genie. He fell in love with an angel, literally. The Genie High Counsel didn’t approve of this. As punishment, he was imprisoned inside an old MP3 player. Since Melody found the MP3 player, Merton has to grant Melody unlimited wishes for a year. After that, he can do whatever he wants.
What do you plan on doing with this story?
I’m going to tie that story together and a few of my short stories together under a frame story. It will be called “They’re Just Stories”. It started as a two-part short story with a frame story, but then I decided to extend it. In “They’re Just Stories”, Jessica Hayward is a teenage girl who likes to write short stories. Her parents send her to see a psychologist after she posts a horror story online, where she is one of the characters. There, Jessica introduces her psychologist and the reader to her stories.
How did you decide you wanted to do this? What gives you ideas for your short stories?
I had an idea for a story and then I started to write the story. Once I started to write, the idea started to develop. I wrote a short horror story that condemns fat-shaming. As I was writing this story, I thought about how paranoid my parents might get if they saw this short story. I remember, one time, my parents told me that I’ll end up in a mental hospital because of my writings. That’s why I wrote the frame story. I then decided to extend the frame story and that’s when I had the idea to put some of my other short stories in my upcoming novella.
What/who are your favorite or most reliable support groups?
The people from Authors’ Tale and my girlfriend.
Why is that?
You’ll all put my doubts to rest.
How do you think you’ve been growing as a writer?
I’m learning to proofread, and I’ve been experimenting with different styles of writing by reading random books and short stories online.
What do you hope to achieve with your writing?
To make a living doing something I enjoy.
How can readers and fellow writers discover more about you and your work?
Thank you so much for the interview, Justin. It was interesting getting to know a little more about you. As always, I do hope you achieve what you want in your writing endeavors, and I hope you continue to enjoy writing. It’s an incredible journey for those who are willing to take it.
I hope all of you enjoyed learning about another fellow rising writer and for those of you in Authors’ Tale, take a look at the post he shared with us, today, for critique. Sadly, individual links to posts in the group aren’t available, so I cannot share it here.
Have a wonderful evening, and never stop writing. For those who haven’t started, pick up a pen and give it a shot.