"Every journey begins with one step, and taking it is how you know what you do not know" -



ABOUT THE POET:

J. Elliot Howard was born in Findlay, Ohio. At the age of 16, his family moved to Sugar Land, TX. Shortly after moving, he began to write. No matter where he went, his writing followed. He wrote while attending the University of Houston, transferring and graduating from the University of Pittsburg, graduate school at Bowling Green State University, marriage, fatherhood, and all points in between. Poetry is his snapshot time because words mean more than pictures to him. They allow him to look, remember, and truly embrace each new experience. He loves the city of Houston. Houston is where he met his wife, and where his son was born. Writing has enabled him to express himself thoroughly and creatively. Life is more than "happy love." At times, he had to say goodbye. Sometimes he have had to give chase. In other situations, he have had to sit still. Nevertheless, in all of the places he lived and moments he experienced, are all worthwhile.

INTERVIEW:

Q. Characterize yourself in one word?

Friend.

Q. Please describe what the story/book is about in one sentence.

This book illustrates through poetry the cycle evolution of the mind and spirit.

Q. Briefly, what led up to this book? What were you writing (and getting published, if applicable) before breaking out with this book?

I have been writing poetry since I was 16. The book was put together by time and experience. Leading up to the publishing process my maternal Grandmother had passed away from cancer, and I was unable to say goodbye. So leading up to her death I would send poems to comfort her and let her know what I remembered from my youth, and what I loved as an adult with her. Those poems make the prologue of the book.

Q. What was the time frame for writing this book? Tell us an interesting detail or two, if applicable. For example, did you finish the first draft after one week?

The poems span from my ages of 16-35. This is a unique book because it is poetry, but the collection and order have an implied theme that carries the reader throughout the book. So if a reader wants to read just one poem, they can, but if they read from beginning to end, they will grasp it fully.

Q. Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in?

I think the step of getting it published was the first correct step. Every journey begins with one step, and taking it is how you know what you do not know.

Q. Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing to build a platform and gain readership?

I'm currently building my platform. Poetry isn't viewed by society like it did 100 and 200 years ago. I haven't seen a modern equivalent narrative poems of the Iliad and the Odyssey. I think poems can tell a story and go beyond being the vehicles of emotion that they are today. Having a rewritten life holds to the notion that there is always an opportunity in life to begin again because change is the only constant. The change will come whether we are the Genesis of that change or not.

Q. Favorite novel?

Star Trek Nemesis.

Q. Something personal about you people may be surprised to know?

I was part of a touring a capella group called "The Pitt Pendulums" when I was in college.

Q. What’s next?

I have two projects I'm working on: Losing Me: The Story of Michael Tackett (Fiction) and Days of Revelation. Both projects are part of the Rewritten Lives arc. Days of Revelation is another book of poetry and Losing Me is a narrative with poetic styling.

Q. Future of SALISMANIA.com through your eyes?

I think SALISMANIA.com will be around a long time and have a good purpose of promoting reading and critical thinking.

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