Allison Howard - Interview (June 2016)
Why do you want to be a published author/illustrator?
By nature I am a communicator, I have an inert need to express myself. Along side this part of my personality I am also an extrovert, so I want, as many people to hear and see what I do as well, being published would be an absolute dream for me. Furthermore knowing that another parent was reading my words to their child to sooth them to sleep would be just so beautiful, the thrill is beyond description.
The story I would most love to be published is the “Dummy Fairy”, as I feel it would really help those parents out there that need to transition their toddler from dummy to NO dummy, making a potentially horrible stage in life a lot of fun for all parties involved.
How long have you been writing/drawing?
I have been writing all my life, boxes from my childhood are littered with paper filled with stories and imaginary adventures. All through primary/secondary/university and now in my lunch break at work, writing creatively has always been an integral part of my relaxation, inspiration and creativity.
Writing for me is the way I explore new ideas and concepts. In away, writing about the world helps me understand it better or makes me comfortable with its strangeness.
One of the longer stories I have on CKT is "Keeping Safe" (more young adult fiction) where I use fictional characters to explore the artistic notions of vision and perspective, dealing with concepts such as Plato’s philosophy of reality and his "cave" theory of light and truth.
Writing is an escape for me, it is hard to explain the peace my heartbeats with when completing an essay or tale.
Basically I am not alone when I have words.
Illustration is a newer obsession for me, as I started to want to see the characters that I write about physically not just in my own head. It is a challenge I really enjoy. I am not classically trained however I do love exploring different techniques such as the medium of print and the art form of etching. I feel it gives a different level to my work.
How will/did you celebrate your first publication?
I think the first thing would I do is have a nice glass of Bubbles. But Hopefully whoever publishes me would like to see some more of my work so I think I would just keep on writing and drawing. It is a bit boring but writing it’s where I like to be the most.