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. Instead, I fell in love with British Literature. About the only thing you can do with that is teach, so I fulfilled all of the requirements necessary for my certificate to teach on the Secondary Level. Unfortunately, I graduated at a time when the market was flooded with teachers vying for limited positions. Unable to find a teaching post in our school district let alone within
reasonable driving distance, and having a young family by this time and a
husband with a good job, moving wasn’t an option.
I’d always had a passion for jewelry and gemstones, so I changed
directions entirely and found employment in the jewelry industry instead. I became a Graduate Gemologist with The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and later pursued
specialized education and training in jewelry design and manufacture. I spent my final ten years in the business most enjoyably working as a designer and goldsmith.
In addition to my college creative writing classes, I’ve
taken courses from the Writer’s Digest and am a graduate of The Institute for Children’s Literature.
Over the past “several” decades, I’ve written a bunch of stuff – have sold none of it: two Young Adult novellas, a Middle Grade novel, several short stories for the adult magazine market, a handful of picture books, and two easy readers.
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 design, the materials, the hands-on fabrication, and 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.