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Barb Howard on Notes for Monday

Notes for Monday by Barb HowardAbout your book:

What do you think readers will find most notable about this book?

Readers have told me that they are intrigued by the way they end up feeling admiration, or at least compassion, for a main character who has so many offensive qualities. The other notable aspect is that many readers have never read a modern novella before and I am continually getting feedback on how fresh and satisfying they found this length of book.

Have you acquired any good anecdotes surrounding this book? If so, could you share one?

In the week after Notes for Monday was published, I had 2 eighty-year-old women track down my phone number and call me to say they loved the book. (Separate instances, they didn’t know each other.) I was surprised because that was one demographic that I figured would be put-off by the f-bombs in the book.

Is there anything unique or interesting about the background of this book?

Notes for Monday is the first book from the new Calgary publisher Recliner Books. It was an honour to be first, and quite a treat to have all that attention (at least until the rest of their books started coming out). It continues to spark discussion on the value of small presses, and the pros and cons for authors like myself who choose, at least for certain projects, to go that route.

Can you suggest a few questions readers might find interesting to discuss, concerning you, your writing in general, or this book?

Is this story a tragedy or a comedy? Why is this book this length? Where have all the irascible curmudgeons gone? Do we miss them?

How can readers help you promote this book?

Invite me for a real or virtual visit to your book club! My singer/songwriter friend, Christie Simmons has written a powerful song about Notes for Monday and, if requested, we will do book clubs together.

About You:

Why do you write?

For the usual reasons: for the joy of the craft and all its possibilities, because I can’t hold down a regular job, because I like to spend the day with my dog, and, of course, I sometimes write for revenge.

What is your greatest strength as a writer?

Subtlety is my greatest strength, and also my greatest weakness because if done improperly it can lead to a lack of clarity. I think Notes for Monday has been successful because it is the most straightforward book I’ve written.

In addition to writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m big on old people. The older the better. And teenagers, especially my own. I’m also into pretty much all the outdoor activities like cycling, skiing, hiking and eating. And finally, a little known fact…I’m a closet pianist.

What are you working on now?

I have a short story collection coming out in 2012, so I am trying to strengthen some previously published stories as well as write new material. I’m also halfway through a novel that, frankly, I’ve been halfway through for about 5 years.

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