Howard Hammerman grew up on a farm not far from New York City. His love of flying started, when, as a youngster, his father bought him a 15-minute ride on a bi-plane. Many years later he became a private pilot (instrument rated) and owned his own Cessna Cardinal. His fascination with people and the choices they make in their lives started in college Sociology courses. He taught college then became an analyst with the US government hoping to make a difference in the world.
He has been a freelance statistical consultant since 1990. Howard, his artist-wife Helen and their dog traveled the country for several years in their motor home before settling in Sarasota, Florida, where they enjoy the support for creative arts of all types.
What inspires you to write?
Everyone has a story. I find it fascinating to learn how each person finds a way to exist and attempt to make a difference in the world.
Tell us about your writing process.
I'm a seat of the pants writer who is trying to learn how to outline. I'm new to writing fiction. I started college determined to be a journalist then got side-tracked.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters come to me in my dreams. Most of my good work happens at 3am when they wake me up and tell me to write their stories.
Who are your favorite authors?
Earnest Hemmingway, Jack Kerouac, Stephen King (some of his work), Graham Greene, Erica Jong, Ursula K. Le Guin, John Grisham, John McDonald, William Shakespeare,
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had to do it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it is great that authors can self-publish. I feel bad for independent book stores. I hope they can make it.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
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