When she began writing, this appreciation for beauty in unlikely places started to seep onto the pages of her novels. She writes flawed characters, utilizing the loveliness of the most simple human conditions and raw emotions to color her stories.
Married and mother of two teens (as well as surrogate mom to two Labrador retrievers), Anita now divides her days between spending time with her family and plodding along or plotting on her next book.
When she’s not writing, Anita enjoys rollerblading, mountain-biking, snow skiing, and most of all gardening — the perfect venue to complement those spectacular Panhandle sunsets.
Be sure to drop by Anita's twitter or blog and say "Hi." She's always up for meeting new friends!
Debut: SPLINTERED (debuts with Amulet January 2013--will be listed in the fall 2012 catalogues and available for pre-order in the late fall season):
For sixteen years, Alyssa Gardner has lived with the stigma of being descended from Alice Liddell -- real life inspiration for Lewis Carroll's famed novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. But cruel jokes about dormice and tea parties can’t compare to the fact that Alyssa hears the whispers of bugs and flowers ... the same quirk which sent her mother to a mental institution years before.
When her mother takes a turn for the worse and the whispers grow too strong for Alyssa to bear, she seeks the origins of their family curse. A set of heirlooms and a moth tied to an eerie website lead Alyssa and her gorgeous best friend / secret crush, Jeb, down the rabbit hole into the real Wonderland, a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on.
There, creepy and violent counterparts of the original fairytale crew reveal the purpose for Alyssa’s journey, and unless she fixes the things her great-great-great grandmother Alice put wrong, Wonderland will have her head.
Official website: www.aghoward.com
5 FRIGHTENINGLY ROMANTIC BOOKS FOR THE APOCALYPSE:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The Dark House by I.A.R. (Ida Alexa Ross) Wylie