AUTHOR: Nigel Howse

Nigel Howse lives in Suffolk , United Kingdom. He recently retired from nursing to dedicate himself to writing fiction and the visual arts. He attends a local writing group. Previous publication titles include: The Hammer Bird illustrated by the author, 1985, Sol Luna of Descants 1975 -1987, and Passion Pieces , 2005.


By Nigel Howse
Publication Year: 2017
Price: $14.35 (Paperback); $25.94 (Hardback); $4.99 (eBook)

The Vibrating Pond is a collection of fiction pieces written over forty years. The phrase, 'The Vibrating Pond', while having strong affiliations with Britain and America, derives first from a poem from my book of poetry titled The Hammer Bird, published in 1985. Slow Silences Rings Singing; Soft Pond, Vibrating vision. Fly ecstasy, Shimmering sky; Green wings, Eternal blue. River Deben is not a short story, but is my own observations, compiled in diary form, dated 1999. The first six fiction works titled: River Deben, My First Day At School, A Winter's Tale, A Dog's Life and The Isle Of Halvos, are pre-2000. The five remaining ,Wolf Pack, Bolip^e, Black Caymen Egwah, V W Vet, Claymore's Rattle, and Helter Skelter, were written 2014 -15.

Other books by Nigel Howse:
The Hammer Bird, Published 1985
Sol Luna of Descants, Published 1975-1985
Captivation, Published 2000
Passion Pieces, Published 2005



Thank you @NigelHowse for joining us today. What inspired you to write your latest book?
NigelHowse: I really enjoy experimenting in creative story telling and writing poetry. After I wrote and published my first book titled 'The Hammer Bird’ published 1985, I completed a correspondence course,  increasing my confidence and skill to write more. This book culminates from these more direct links between personal experiences and direct observations of my everyday sensory awareness.

Summarize your book in 1-3 sentences as if you were speaking to someone unfamiliar with your book and its topic.
NigelHowse: My stories are designed to be read as poetic journeys, both visual and imaginative like films. As I write, ideas arise from places, themes and current events that I then recompose into imaginative and arresting stories.

What is the overall theme (central topic, subject or concept) of your book?
NigelHowse: In this collection titled 'The Vibrating Pond' the overall theme is 'transformation through poetic awareness'. In these stories I attempt to depict experiences imaginatively in order to capture and encourage the reader's interest, inspiration and enjoyment.
Where does this book take place?
NigelHowse: The book has eleven different stories and based in various fictional locations. Most are places within The United Kingdom, but both 'The Isle of Halvos' and 'Helter Skelter' have entirely imaginary locations. 'Helter Skelter' depicts a flying circus and a  1918 dogfight. Bolip^e  is set in West Africa and 'Black Caymen Egwah' is situated in New Orleans, USA.
Who are the main characters and why are they important to the story?
NigelHowse: The Author Nigel Howse narrates 'River Deben' but is not a character that appears within the actual text. Rather, he is present to bring the scene of the river present and alive as is observed. The characters in every story have similar purposes -- to be a repository and enlivener of direct and imaginative experience for the reader.

Why do you think that this book will appeal to readers?
NigelHowse: The Stories are unusual, unique and original. 

How is your book relevant in today’s society?
NigelHowse: The Arts free up people's minds and perceptions, acting as an essential antidote to conventional blandness and stereotypical attitudes. My intention is to affirm the personal voice and keeping the inner imagination alive and strong.

Is there any subject currently trending in the news that relates to your book?
NigelHowse: Next year, 2018 marks one hundred years since the end of the first World War. In the story titled 'Helter Skelter’, Doug, the lead circus pilot, defeats the Count and exults, saying: "We must celebrate and camp! We all are beyond hatchets or misgivings here...!"

What makes your book different from other books like it?
NigelHowse: The selection and content of the stories is original and imaginatively unusual.

Is there a particular passage from your book you’d like us to utilize? If so, please provide.
NigelHowse: This is an Extract from 'River Deben’:

The river curves, broken by the encroaching mud banks. A playful black crow stands on a bench seat, insistently taunting at the river birds before flying northwards, settling on to a beached motorboats prow. It continues calling out, bobbing its head, it's voice harsh and repetitive. A swan, tossing and bathing it's puffed out feathers in midstream, motions replying.

The heron has stepped out onto an old slipway, his footsteps stitching up again in methodical rhythm to the water and again slowly, feet enter the shallows. Two oyster catchers flick at the mud, their beaks like needles darting forwards, persistently reaching for food. One leaves, flying out. The wings, white flickering are in contrasting pattern against the flat black shadows of the calm waters. Across the far bank it flies, lifting above tall hedges, heading over the banking hills marking Sutton Hoo.

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