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Katherine Howe

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Katherine Howe is a #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer of historical fiction and nonfiction. Her best known books are The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, which debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list in 2009 and was named one of USA Today's top ten books of the year, and Conversion, which received the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award in young adult literature. In 2014 she edited The Penguin Book of Witches for Penguin Classics, a primary source reader on the history of witchcraft in England and North America. She co-authored the bestselling Vanderbilt: the Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty with CNN's Anderson Cooper, which came out in September 2021. Her next novel will be out from Holt in Fall 2023. She ho ...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 c…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 for asking, Melinda. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane was originally sold in the UK as "The Lost Book of Salem," so they are actually th…moreThank you for asking, Melinda. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane was originally sold in the UK as "The Lost Book of Salem," so they are actually the same book. Later it was re-released in the UK with the US title. It's not unusual for books to have different titles in different countries, particularly in foreign languages. Physick Book's title in Turkish, for instance, is "Galeyan," which translates roughly to "Effervescence."

Though it's not a sequel, my recent novel "Conversion" has two fleeting Physick Book character cameos, so they take place in the same world. Readers who enjoyed the witch perspective in Physick Book might enjoy the afflicted girls' perspective in "Conversion."(less)
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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.”
Katherine Howe, The House of Velvet and Glass

“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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