Author Carrie Jo Howe joins me today to chat
about her new humorous women’s fiction, Island
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three boys in the suburbs of Chicago, Carrie Jo Howe now lives in Key West,
Florida with her husband and her dog. Her latest novel, Island Life Sentence, is a fictional account of an American
Midwestern woman who feels like an alien in the “one human family” of Key West.
Carrie Jo’s first book, Motherhood is NOT
for Babies, received a rave review (thanks Mom), and works wonderfully as a
form of contraception. Her blog Florida Keys Crime Report, tells of all the
goings on in the Keys, where bank robbers get away on bicycles, and perps
caught with undersized, pinched, out-of-season lobsters get more jail time than
drug runners. She is currently working on the sequels to Island Life Sentence.
Please share a little bit about your
moved from Chicago to Key West. Three and a half hours south of mainland
Florida creates it’s own form of evolution…kind of like the Galapagos.
What inspired you to write this book?
something out of (my) ordinary happens and I just have to write about it.
Yes–my dog did almost die from a poisonous frog, yes– my house is haunted,
and no–I didn’t “molest” a manatee (legal terminology for
touching/riding one), but my friend did.
survive a hurricane (Irma 2017).
Excerpt from Island Life Sentence:
Sloppy Joe’s but now Sloppy Joe’s is there.” Peg pointed across the street to
the open windows filled to overflow with tourists screaming along with the
band, “Why don’t we get drunk and screw?”
buying all of his crap,” Trudy said too loud.
the same with their hands in the air. Probably how Hitler got started.”
another world war. I didn’t know you were so anti-Margaritaville.” She hugged
Trudy to distract her. “On a history note, there’s a story about Hemingway
taking the urinal from Captain Tony’s when they moved the bar. He said that he
pissed away so much money into the urinal that he owned it.”
ladies’ room, ’cause I gotta go.” Trudy quickened her step and crossed against
the light on Duval Street. A scooter honked. She about-faced with both middle
fingers flying. “Suck on these birds you parrot-headed mother fu–”
obscene gestures, leaving the other one firmly in position. Trudy sidestepped
in front of the scooter and stared down the double-chinned, large-bellied
in paradise,” Trudy added.
friend toward the bar entrance.
Tony’s. “And… we’re here. You go pee and I’ll get us some drinks.”
sign. Peg found a couple of spots at the bar. The densely tattooed bartender
slapped his hands down on the bar in front of her, “What’ll it be, miss?
Margaritas are our specialty.”
margarita to my best friend, Trudy. Take my word for it.”
What exciting story are you working on
Island Life Sentence is going to be a trilogy. I’m working on the sequel
story for Peg and Trudy in Key West.
When did you first consider yourself a
consider myself a writer, but I’d rather think of myself as an accidental story
teller. A writer seems so formal and
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
stories about what I’m doing…especially if I’m terrible at it. That being
said, I come up with a decent amount of material!
amount of my time is spent on airplanes since I have family in Chicago, LA, and
What would you say is your interesting
Vizsla insists on squishing into my chair with me while I write. He’s a hot
tamale, but I love having him next to me. And, I use too many exclamation
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
a jockey. I’m six feet tall. That didn’t work out.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
Thank you for being a guest on my blog!
hosting me Lisa!!!