The 78-year-old Cartersville resident has lived an active life that has left her fulfilled in more ways than one.
“You’ve got to go out there and participate in life,” Howard said. “Put your whole heart into it and something will happen. My motto is this: Do the best that you can with what you have and the rest will fall into place.”
Lining the walls of her home are framed paintings, her own work, capturing visions from her own active imagination, which is constantly working.
She has been painting for years, having discovered her knack for the art as a young child.
“I could paint pictures just as well with crayons at that age,” Howard said on a bright Wednesday afternoon at her home.
Her work has been on display, most recently at the Cartersville Public Library, and while she is proud of the paintings she has produced, as an artist she is most connected to her writing.
“It was something that was just born in me to write,” Howard said. “My writing is me.”
Howard said she has been writing for years and her path as a writer has been unique.
Whereas it takes some authors a few months to eke out their work, Howard said it took years to finish her first work, “The Master’s Peace.”
As far as she can recall, it took nearly 40 years to finish the book.
At first she would find spare time in between caring for her family, writing snippets here and there.
The book was finally published in 2011 after years of trying her luck with different publishing companies.
The book, which tells the story of two brothers, who grow up in the same household n the 1800s, but are treated differently.
The book is available through Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and Powell’s Book Store in either paperback or e-book.
A sequel to her debut novel is due out in the coming months she said.
In addition to her novel, Howard also is a poet who has been recognized by former President George W. Bush.
Howard’s daughter Aulexia Howard said her mother is an inspiration to all who know her.
“She’s somebody that everybody in our extended family looks up to,” Aulexia Howard said. “Even at her age she never stops trying to reach her goals and she just keeps learning. She’s an inspiration to everybody.”