Julie Howard: Building Writing Communities BSW14_2018


Mystery writer Julie Howard is  a former journalist. She worked as a reporter and editor for publications such as The Las Vegas Review-Journal and The Sacramento Bee, and she wrote for a national news service and magazines. In her reporting life, she interviewed Oscar winners, Emmy winners and top business executives. She also did political writing for three governors in Idaho.

Then came book writing. Julie Howard worked as a ghost writer for a former Hewlett-Packard executive who wanted his memoirs written.

Her first published book, Crime and Paradise,  was released in August 2017 by The Wild Rose Press.

She is a member of the Idaho Writers Guild and founder of the Boise chapter of Shut Up & Write.

And that brings us to our topic today, Building Writing Communities. Welcome Julie …


Show Notes

  • Julie has a rich and varied background in writing
  • Crime in Paradise released in spring 2017, Wild Rose Press, the first in her Wild Crime series – latest release, Crime Times Two featured below
  • founder of the Boise chapter of  Shut up and Write
  • Shut Up & Write is an international organization
  • it has it’s own “method” – you gather with writers of different genres, chat a bit and then shut up and write for an hour
  • not every writing group works for every person – you need to find your own fit
  • lots of benefits to belonging to writing groups

Crime Times Two

Meredith knows three things: First, the man in the library begged her to help him. Second, he was afraid of his wife. Third, now he’s dead.

While the evidence first points to a natural death, Meredith is certain there’s more to discover. People are tight-lipped in this small mountain village, and the man’s wife isn’t talking either. Then a second death occurs, with remarkable similarities. It’s time to talk about murder.

As a slow-burning relationship heats up in her own life, Meredith struggles with concepts of love and hate, belief and suspicion, and absolution and guilt. Nothing is clear cut…

She must decide: Is guilt, like evil, something you can choose to believe in?

Who is Julie?

Julie Howard is the author of the Wild Crime series. She is a former journalist and editor who has covered topics ranging from crime to cowboy poetry. She is a member of the Idaho Writers Guild and founder of the Boise chapter of Shut Up & Write. Learn more at juliemhoward.com.



Julie’s Favorite Drink

Straight Up Margarita


1 fresh lime

kosher salt

2 oz frozen limeade

4 oz water

2 oz Cointreau

5-6 oz top shelf tequila

large handful ice

Wipe rim of chilled cocktail glasses with fresh lime. Dip glass rim in a saucer of salt. Tap glass to shake off excess. Even you don’t like salt, don’t skip rubbing lime around lip of glass.

Combine limeade, water, Cointreau, tequila, and ice in cocktail shaker. Close and shake until frothy. Strain into chilled glasses. I usually serve over ice.

(Note: Don’t skimp on quality ingredients. Good tequila and orange liqueur is a must!)

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What is your favorite quote or concept from this episode?


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