ABOUT JOANN HOWETH

  • I was born and raised in Montana and have spent most of my life here. I’ve
    been writing since my early teens, attempting my first work of fiction at age
    twelve. Even though I received lots of encouragement from teachers along
    the way, when I did get to college, which wasn’t until my mid-twenties, I
    didn’t consider majoring in journalism. 
    Rather, I received my B.A. in English Literature with a minor
    in psychology. Despite obtaining my teaching certificate, I didn’t go into teaching.
    Instead, I changed directions entirely and found employment in the jewelry
    industry where I worked for nearly twenty years 
    as a jewelry designer and goldsmith.

    I am a proud graduate of The Institute for Children’s Literature and The Children’s Book Academy. I am also an active member of Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Challenge.


ARTIST STATEMENT

  • Having enjoyed many years in a different, yet not dissimilar artistic medium, my stance as a “writing” artist is the same as it was when I was a jewelry artist.  Undoubtedly, it’s always great to have the shimmering final product in your hands, but it’s the “getting there” that’s the real fun – the deep satisfaction of the creative process – that is where the joy lies.  For me, this is bliss and will always be my center of focus.