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Smoking With Louisa Howerow

(Read the Story) December 15, 2003

Louisa Howerow

Art by Marty D. Ison

Why do you write?

Someone has to tell my stories. No one else wants to.

What inspired this piece?

Bread making! The process — blending, mixing, kneading — is therapeutic. Have you tried it? Wonderful way to get out aggression.

Why yes, I have. What books or authors most influenced you?

Julia Child is good on French breads. You need a lot of muscle to work with them. Joy of Cooking is a reliable standby and Breads of the World gives me the historical background.

Were you always courageous enough to submit your work for publication?

Submitting work to an unknown editor is easy. The rejection or acceptance is based on the work. We’re not talking family here. Now, that would be hard.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell our readers? Or would you like to promote your literary-based website? Or to tell us what gifts you would like for your birthday? Or to say “Hi Mom!”?

Wisdom, laughs, promotions, gifts, family relations — there’s a story in this. Let me work on it.

About the Author

Louisa Howerow’s flash fiction has appeared in on-line journals, such as the-phone-book, The Danforth Review, Tryst and Ygdrasil. One of her non-fiction flash pieces will appear in the October, 2003 print issue of Front Porch.

About the Artist

A native of Ohio, Marty D. Ison lives with his wife transplanted in the sands of the Gulf of Mexico. He studied fine arts at Saint Petersburg College. In addition to the visual arts, he writes poetry, short stories, and novels. See more of Ison’s work here.

This interview appeared in Issue Two of SmokeLong Quarterly.
SmokeLong Quarterly Issue Two
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SmokeLong Fitness--The Community Workshop

Next Date to Join: January 1!

On September 1, SmokeLong launched a workshop environment/community christened SmokeLong Fitness. This asynchronous community workshop is happening right now on our dedicated workshop site. If you choose to join us, you will work in a small group of around 10-12 participants to give and receive feedback. Each Monday, you will receive a new writing task (one writing task each week) designed by the senior editor team of SmokeLong. The core workshop is asynchronous, so you can take part from anywhere at anytime. We are excited about creating a supportive, consistent and structured environment for flash writers to work on their craft in a community.