Hugh Howey
Hugh Howey

Bestselling author of Wool and other books. Currently sailing around the world.

Writing Insights Part One: Becoming a Writer

I started writing my first novel when I was twelve years old. I was thirty-three when I completed my first rough draft. That’s twenty years of wanting to do something and not knowing how. Twenty years of failure and frustrations and giving up. A big part of the problem is that I didn’t know what I didn’t know. I didn’t know which questions to ask, much less who might have the answers. These days, people write to me as if I know what I’m doing. Or like I have a…

Wayfinder Build: Part 9 — Update

The latest pics of Wayfinder as she heads into the last two months of construction. A lot of the interior is under wraps to protect it while systems go in. These pics are from about two weeks ago. In another two weeks, I’ll be standing inside the boat again, taking video, which I’ll upload for you to see. The dinghy will also be there, and hopefully I can get it out on the water while they’re wrapping things up. Looks to be the middle or toward the end of August for…

My WIXE 1190 Interview

Last Friday, I went down to Monroe, NC and did some book promoting. We hit the same spots that welcomed us with the first book, and the second time around was just as fun. A huge thanks to the guys at Oasis and Blu Moon for being such awesome hosts. Also, a massive thanks to all the fans and readers that came out to show their support. It was amazing to get a chance to sign so many books, even better to be able to discuss the plot of the…

Q&A With Photographer Nadia Huggins

One of my favorite phases of the book-creation process is creating a cover. It’s also one of the most difficult. It’s worse than staring at a blank canvas, because the end result can’t be anything; it has to be a very specific something. While going through this process for HALF WAY HOME, my wife stumbled upon a photograph on DeviantArt. It blew us away. It was haunting and mysterious. Gritty and primal. Young and mature. Dirty and innocent. It was a photograph of contradictory juxtapositions. The mood of the shot…

Bucking Trends

Have you heard what some publishers are considering? They want to delay publication of ebooks until after their physical copies (read: hardbacks) have been on the market for a month or more. That means you early adopters get sloppy seconds (yeah, e-book formatting gets real sloppy compared to the nice, neat layout of print material). This seems crazy to me. The goal is to get people reading your words; and e-books offer convenience, benefits to the environment, and portability not shared by physical books. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ll…