Hanna C. Howard

Cutting to the chase:

My name’s Hanna, and I write YA fantasy with a classic bent, in the tradition of Robin McKinley, Kristin Cashore, and Garth Nix. I live in Oklahoma (where the wind comes sweeping down the plain) with my husband Dan, our son Edmund, one Disreputable Dog, and her cat. I am passionate about English-style tea, crumbly, sharp cheeses, sunshine, bees, Scotland, gardening, and the power of stories.

Getting a bit long-winded:

I am a daydreaming, reading-writing-introverted-creative type of person, and for much of my adult life I have followed in my artist-father’s footsteps and eked out a living by selling hand-painted ceramic coffee mugs. And while I will always have a soft spot in my heart for tactile art, my first love is storytelling. After a childhood spent writing books about my dogs and my American Girl doll, I started writing my first real (and terrible) novel in the tenth grade. Since then I have completed and begun many others (hopefully improving in quality), and fully revised or rewritten the novel that ended up being my debut somewhere in the neighborhood of eighteen times.

In college I studied English and Creative Writing, and I have worked as a Barnes & Noble Bookseller, a Scholastic Book Fairs Merchandiser, a community college writing tutor, and a plant saleswoman at a local nursery. I’ve been told I give off a Batty Old Lady vibe, and if there is a medical condition for people who compulsively buy more books than they could ever possibly read, I have it.

A few of my favorite things: cottages, peaty Scotch whisky, gardens, floral patterns, pink grapefruit scented candles, springtime, rolling meadows, horseback riding, fluffy blankets, twinkle lights, the smell of dirt and grass, folk music, thrift stores, honey, tall bookshelves, magnolia flowers, dark beers, mismatched dishes, movie soundtracks, tartan, dog facial expressions, crackling fireplaces, hot tea, sunlight, cheese, Tocca perfumes, redbud trees, bare feet, Doctor Who, British period dramas, hymns, homemade bread, watercolors, writing in the pre-dawn, and board games.

Other pertinent information:

☼ Gryffinclaw
☼ Weasley
☼ Hobbit + Lorien elf Hybrid
☼ Enneagram 4w5
☼ Favorite Doctor: David Tennant (+ an honorary nod to Tom Baker)
☼ Favorite standalone book: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
☼ Favorite series: Harry Potter
☼ Fictional doppelgangers: Ginny Weasley, Anne Shirley, Tolkien’s Goldberry