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Katherine Howe is the author of THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE, which debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, was named one of USA Today's top ten books of 2009, and which has been translated into over twenty languages. In 2012 she hosted the Expedition Week special "Salem: Unmasking the Devil" on the National Geographic Channel.

Her second novel, a historical thriller set in Boston in the aftermath of the Titanic sinking entitled THE HOUSE OF VELVET AND GLASS, was released in the US in April 2012, and was a USA Today and New York Times e-book bestseller.

Her third novel, a young adult historical thriller called CONVERSION, follows a group of teenage girls who must uncover the real reason behind a mysterious outbreak at the...more


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Katherine Howe There are a lot of ways to answer that Alyssa. For me, a novelist friend overheard me musing that I wanted to do National Novel Writing Month, but I…moreThere are a lot of ways to answer that Alyssa. For me, a novelist friend overheard me musing that I wanted to do National Novel Writing Month, but I couldn't that year. And he said, well, if you have an idea for a novel, you don't have to write it in *that* month. You can write it in any month and take as long as you want. That very obvious point exploded a little firework over my head. It pointed out that I didn't need the universe's permission to do what I wanted.

As far as advice goes, I'm sorry to say that there is no special trick. Writing a novel requires sitting down and writing a little bit each day until it's done. Some people outline, some don't (I definitely do). Some people set aside blocks of time, some use word count assignments (I've done both). The challenge lies in working a little bit every day, and forsaking other things one might wish, or need, to do. It means writing instead of going to the movies one night, or instead of taking a hike one gorgeous afternoon, or instead of cleaning the house right this minute. But the cool part is, one day, after a whole lot of days like that, you type the last word of the first draft and you look around the cafe where you're working, and nobody around you knows what just happened. But it did.(less)
Katherine Howe Thank you so much for those kind words about House of Velvet and Glass, Judith. I'm so pleased you enjoyed it. I'd been thinking about the 1910s for…moreThank you so much for those kind words about House of Velvet and Glass, Judith. I'm so pleased you enjoyed it. I'd been thinking about the 1910s for awhile, since it's a time period which looks a lot like ours, but which had a very different understanding of reality. I was also curious about the unseen ways in which these large-scale, turning point events (like Titanic's sinking) continue to echo in ways both seen and unseen. I wanted to write a story about a woman, Sibyl, who was raised to assume she would live in the 19th century, and who suddenly finds herself confronting living in the 20th. The 1910s saw such radical changes in culture, in immigration, gender politics, laws, and city life that I couldn't wait to explore it.(less)
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" Fascinating exploration of two different time periods and the stress that young girls go through in both, which was surprisingly similar. "
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“But remember. Just because you don't believe in something doesn't mean it isn't real.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

“Of course mothers and daughters with strong personalities might see the world from very different points of view.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

“She was always puzzled that people say that darkness falls. To her it seemed instead to rise, massing under trees an shrubs, pouring out from under furniture, only reaching the sky when the spaces near the ground were full.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

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“In this world, everyone is friends with everyone else. In a way.”
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“But remember. Just because you don't believe in something doesn't mean it isn't real.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

“Of course mothers and daughters with strong personalities might see the world from very different points of view.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

“She was always puzzled that people say that darkness falls. To her it seemed instead to rise, massing under trees an shrubs, pouring out from under furniture, only reaching the sky when the spaces near the ground were full.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

“...You can have this whole entire life, with all your opinions, your loves, your fears. Eventually those parts of you disappear. And then the people who could remember those parts of you disappear, and before long, all that's left is your name in some ledger. This...person -- she had a favorite food. She had friends and people she disliked. We don't even know how she died...I guess that's why I like preservation better than history. In preservation I feel like I can keep some of it from slipping away.”
Katherine Howe, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

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