Adrian Howell (pen name) is the author of the PSIONIC Pentalogy: five novels that follow the life of a telekinetic teenager through a dark world of warring paranormal factions, deadly religious cults and secret government organizations.
Born of a Japanese mother and American father, Adrian was raised for a time in California and currently lives a quiet life in Japan where he teaches English to small groups of children and adults. Aside from reading and writing fiction, his hobbies include recumbent cycling, skiing, medium-distance trekking, sketching and oversleeping.
What inspires you to write?
Past and current events that have been either especially painful or enjoyable in my life, as well as tidbits from my dreams. Sometimes it’s the sound of the rain on the window that gets me writing.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am very much a “and then what happened?” type of writer. I’ll start a story without really knowing where it is leading, and then, midway through, I’ll figure it out and go back and edit what I’ve already written to properly connect it to the end. I do not write story outlines, but sometimes I’ll jump ahead and write the climax before writing the middle bits.
I often spend days or weeks without touching my keyboard. I can no more write to a schedule than I could remove my own head, but when the urge to write takes me, you’ll find it easier to remove my head than to remove me from my writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try my best to listen to my characters, but sometimes they are just plain impossible! Yes, I talk to them, in as civil a tone as I can manage. But it often turns into a shouting argument.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t listen to advice.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wrote my entire five-book series before publishing any of them, and when the day finally came, it made more sense to me to self-publish rather than spend months submitting my works to traditional publishers. Besides, I live in Japan, and most US publishers seemed to want their authors to be living in the US so as to avoid needless legal hassles.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The days of paper books is slowly ending. Yes, many people, even young people, currently prefer paper over ebooks, but soon paper books will be a luxury, not the standard.
What genres do you write?
Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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