WHO IS MIKEA HOWARD?
Writing under Mikea Howard, we are actually Mindy Howard and Kelly Smith, sisters-in-law who share a love for romance, usually paranormal. We have spent the last several years reading and sharing books as well as authors, often making comments about how we'd love to write our own when we ran out of things to read.
While based on our TBR piles, we have not run out of reading material, yet we decided to write when the muse hit Kelly with a dystopian diesel world and an opening scene with the heroine running out into the woods. Mindy then saw her hero step in, and The Diesel War series was born.
Mindy is an IT professional at a telecom company. She is married to a musician and teacher, who also happens to be Kelly's brother. She has one adult son and is living out west.
Kelly is a Registered Nurse working in maternal-fetal medicine. She has a great husband, who happens to be Mindy's husband's best friend. She has one son in middle school, one daughter in elementary school, and is living on the east coast.
We are both geeks who love sci-fi, fantasy and cosplay. We truly love any reason to design and wear a costume with our friends. Cosplay is simply the same fun and imagination of dress-up when we were kids, but for adults. Letting our inner child run amok.
Since 2010 we have spent our annual vacation together volunteering as staff for the Author’s After Dark convention. Where we celebrate readers of romance. This has blessed us with the opportunity to meet and work alongside an incredible variety of talented romance genre writers, driven agents, meticulous editors, passionate reviewers, and last but most definitely not least, the worlds most fun readers.
Reading has never been a chore for us. We would devour books like they were our sustenance. any times replacing our need for sleep. We were a lean, mean, tag-team reading machine. In a way, Kelly was Mindy's 'personal reader'. She would read every paranormal romance she could get her hands on, then pass on the the names of the ones she liked best to Mindy.
So it only made sense that when we began writing we would become that same lean, mean, tag-team writing machine. Don't get us wrong, there were bumps along the way as we tried to figure out how this co-writing thing would work. But within a short amount of time we were weaving our muses together to create stories we both enjoyed reading. Mindy was once told "Write the story YOU want to read. Write for yourself, and no one else." So we've taken that attitude with each of our stories. We just hope you enjoy reading them as much as we did as they came to life on the pages.