About Me

Welcome to my website. It’s all about finding ideas and getting inspired, not just to write, but to try other things too. It really is never too old to learn.

Right now, most of us are stuck indoors, unable to socialise, getting bored, with no idea how long the situation will continue. If you’re finding it hard, why not have a go at writing that novel, how to book, play or short story you’ve been thinking about for yonks?

I write short stories for a living which sounds like fun but after doing it for twenty years, I’ve started to feel like a short story machine. I can’t stop. I need the money. At the moment, all my income comes from writing so if I don’t keep selling stories, I can’t pay the bills. Right now, things are going very well. Last year, I sold 87 stories which was amazing. What’s even more amazing, at least to me, is that I’ve sold 7 this year already.

If you want a quick boost, check out the short story page where you can read some of my storie and if you are stuck for ideas, visit my author page on Amazon where you should find something to help you.

As always, if you have any questions, please do get in touch.

I AM CURRENTLY OFFERING SHORT STORY CRITIQUES for stories up to 2000 words that have been rejected by magazines, or failed to win prizes in competitions, so dig out those old stories and send them to me via email stating where they’ve been submitted  – akacatherinehoward@yahoo.co.uk  ONLY £10, payable by PayPal

I like painting animals and people but haven’t picked up a paintbrush in months. Something else I’m hoping to get round to.

I went to Lake Garda on my own in 2014. Despite the tedious coach journey (never again), it was one of the best holidays I’ve ever had. Sometimes things aren’t half as scary as we imagine them to be.

This photo was taken when I was lucky enough to meet SHIRLEY BLAIR, Fiction Editor of The People’s Friend. If you are new to writing stories and want to dip your toe in the water, my advice would be to target them first. They actively seek and encourage new writers. All their editors are such friendly, helpful people, you will be on good hands.