Interview with humorous women’s fiction author Carrie Jo Howe

Author Carrie Jo Howe joins me today to chat
about her new humorous women’s fiction, Island
Life Sentence.

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After raising
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
current release.
Island Life Sentence is a product of the culture shock I experienced when we
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?

Every day
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.
Yes, I did
survive a hurricane (Irma 2017).

Excerpt from Island Life Sentence:
Trudy visits Peg in Key West…
“Let’s start at Captain Tony’s. It used to be
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?”
“Jimmy Buffett is a god here,” Peg whispered.
“Right. Some god. Get drunk and get screwed
buying all of his crap,” Trudy said too loud.
“Shhh. You’ll start a riot.”
“I mean, look at those people. All dressed
the same with their hands in the air. Probably how Hitler got started.”
Peg laughed. “Let’s go before you start
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.”
“I just hope he didn’t take the toilet in the
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–”
“Let’s go.” Peg grabbed one of Trudy’s
obscene gestures, leaving the other one firmly in position. Trudy sidestepped
in front of the scooter and stared down the double-chinned, large-bellied
“Looks like he’s had too many cheeseburgers
in paradise,” Trudy added.
“Okay, okay… I get it.” Peg dragged her
friend toward the bar entrance.
“I’m just sayin’ – definitely not wasting
Peg shoved her friend in the door of Captain
Tony’s. “And… we’re here. You go pee and I’ll get us some drinks.”
Trudy jogged in the direction of the restroom
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.”
“No. I mean… no thank you. Two rum and Cokes,
He looked surprised. “Don’t like tequila?”
“Tequila’s fine, but don’t mention the word
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

I know I should
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?

I like to tell
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!
A significant
amount of my time is spent on airplanes since I have family in Chicago, LA, and
San Diego.

What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?

My (50 pound)
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?

I wanted to be
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!
Thanks for
hosting me Lisa!!!

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6 thoughts on “Interview with humorous women’s fiction author Carrie Jo Howe

  1. Bernie Wallace says:

    How did you come up for the idea of the cover of the book. Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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