Author Spotlight

Dec. 22: The following exerpts are from an interview with Giovanni Ruiz and posted on Xlibris Website this past week.

Xlibris published authors Ed and Janet Howle recently accomplished what many independent authors can only dream of – the distinction of releasing one of the Best Indie Books of 2011, adjudged by leading American book reviewer, Kirkus.

The debut novel (The Long Road to Paris)  was inspired by the idea of an around-the-world (car) rally scheduled for 2008, the centennial year of the 1908 Great Race, in which the couple was to compete. Unfortunately, China had to cancel their travel permits due to conflicts with the Tibetan population.

“Our plan was to write a travel memoir of our experience. When it was cancelled, we decided to use the time until a similar event was organised to write a reality-based novel set  in a similar world race. We had never written fiction, and we viewed this as another new adventure.”Janet Howle further adds, “relating our real life adventure to the novel has made interesting presentations for promotion.”

The Howle’s book has received positive remarks from readers and critics alike. All reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble have received 5 stars. The real confirmation of their book came from Kirkus, however, as they have a reputation of being very difficult to impress.

In the process of writing, publishing and marketing their book with Xlibris, the Howles share this insight to place an independent writer’s expectations in the right perspective. “The publishing field is changing but there is still a lot of prejudice against Indie publishing, particularly by book stores. Most of them will only take an Indie book on consignment and even the, you have to convince them you have something special.”

To read the entire article you can go to

We have also been told that The Long Road to Paris will also appear as a Critics Choice on Xlibris website withe the next update.

OK, enough bragging. Enjoy your holidays in whatever ways you do,

Jan and Ed

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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2 Responses to Author Spotlight

  1. Catherine says:

    Congratulations, you two! You seem to succeed in whatever you undertake!! Am looking forward to reading more of the next novel; am already hooked on this sea adventure! And, once again, you are writing from personal experiences which can only make the story even better! Happy new year to you with love from all of us!

  2. TBC says:

    Hip-hip-hooray! Fabulous, an well deserved! Congratulations on yet more accolades!

    Now, for the movie rights …


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