Thursday, July 18, 2013

7 Questions For: Author Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey spent eight years living on boats and working as a yacht captain for the rich and famous. His travels took him all over the islands of the Caribbean, up and down the East Coast, and through the Great Lakes. It wasn’t until the love of his life carried him away from these vagabond ways that he began to pursue literary adventures rather than literal ones. Whisked away to the mountains of North Carolina, he began a stint as the book editor for a popular review site and had reviews published in the New York Review of Science Fiction. Building on these experiences, Hugh wrote his first young-adult novel, MOLLY FYDE AND THE PARSONA RESCUE. The MOLLY FYDE series went on to win rave reviews and praise from readers. Hugh now lives in Jupiter, Florida, with his wife, Amber, and their dog, Bella. The dream is to return to the sea one day and complete the circumnavigation that has so far eluded him. Until then, he sticks with more literary adventures, and enjoys interacting with the readers he meets along the way.

Here's an article Hugh wrote about the benefits of self publishing.

And here's a hilarious response to Sue Grafton's recent comments about self-published authors.

Click here to read my review of Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue.

Click here to read my second interview with Hugh Howey.

And now Hugh Howey faces the 7 Questions:

Question Seven: What are your top three favorite books?

ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card
and a new one: LEXICON by Max Barry

Question Six: How much time do you spend each week writing? Reading?

I spend 30 hours a week writing. And probably the same amount of time reading.

Question Five: What was the path that led you to publication?

My first novel was picked up by a small publishing house. When I got the contract for the sequel, I thought long and hard and decided to self publish the book on my own. I've been self-publishing ever since. I have signed some contracts with major publishers when it made sense, however. WOOL is being published in over 30 territories. It's been a lot of fun working with editors and publishers to bring the story to more readers. 

Question Four: Do you believe writers are born, taught or both? Which was true for you?

I believe writers are made through reading. Absorbing a lot of stories prepares you for telling your own. That's been true for me, anyway.

Question Three: What is your favorite thing about writing? What is your least favorite thing?

My favorite thing about writing is the revising and editing. My least favorite thing is staring at a blinking cursor when I don't know what happens next!

Question Two: What one bit of wisdom would you impart to an aspiring writer? (feel free to include as many other bits of wisdom as you like)

Stop comparing your rough draft to the finished products you read and enjoy. It's supposed to be rough. Leave it alone and keep writing to the end of your story, no matter what. Once you reach the end, you'll be able to go back and clean the work up. Push through! 

Question One: If you could have lunch with any writer, living or dead, who would it be? Why?

Mark Twain. And I'm sure I'd have a hard time keeping my drink from exiting my nose.

Want more? Here's 7 MORE Questions For Hugh Howey.


  1. Great interview. Congrats to Hugh on all his success. I've heard great things about him and his books.

  2. I really like what you said about reading being important to preparing you for writing your own stories. I wish there was more time in the day for reading!


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