As part of the virtual book tour for Many Genres, One Craft, I have more contributor interviews this week: Elaine Ervin, Russ Howe, Dana Marton, and Mike Mehalek.

Russ Howe

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?

2. Tell me about your travels.
My heart is in Africa. You have to experience it to understand it.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
4. What else can you do besides write?

5. Who are you reading right now?
The Fall of the West by Goldsworthy. He is taking Roman history to a new level.
6. Pop culture or academia? Academia. There is nothing better to test an idea that intensive academic inquiry and debate.

7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?
8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
9. Food you could eat everyday.
10. Are you into sports or other physical activities?

11. What kind of music speaks to you?
It has to be political and fast. The Clash, Midnight Oil, Prime Circle, that style.

12. Do you outline your stories or do they just take you along for the ride?

13. Celebrity crush.
Gwen Stefani

14. Who are the biggest influences on your work?
My lovely wife, Robert Sawyer and Michael Moorcock.

15. Do you still watch cartoons?

Russ Howe is a Canadian barrister and a partner at the law firm of Boland Howe. He is the past president of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, a member of the Advocates Society, and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Russ has a specialist degree in History from the University of Toronto. He has tested for and attained the rank of Scholar at the Academy of European Martial Arts where he both trains in and teaches multiple forms of medieval combat techniques, which he has taught as a module at Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program. Russ is also a member of the Canadian Heraldry Society.

Russ is a contributor to Many Genres, One Craft: Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction, a writing guide edited by Michael A. Arnzen and Heidi Ruby Miller and based on the Seton Hill University Writing Popular Fiction graduate program.


  1. I crush on Gwen Stefani, too, Russ. ;)

    Thanks for stopping by!


  2. I have no doubt that you have such awesome taste.

    Just signed a contract for a new non-fiction book, but I will miss the awesome editing power you and Mike brought to my prose.




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