Carly has a wonderful eye for visual details, and her questions and notes were a tremendous help toward making the Doc Harrison series even better. I was fortunate to steal away some of her valuable time for this project!
How did you become a reader and collaborator on the Doc Harrison books?
My dad and Peter are good cycling buddies, which is how I came to know Peter. I’m very interested in writing, primarily for film, so when my dad passed the word on that Peter was looking for readers, I thought it’d be a great opportunity to dive into something different.
What draws you to these stories and characters?
I think the mix of imagination and grit is what really makes the story intriguing for me, perhaps best exemplified by an beautiful alien planet that has been absolutely devastated. When Doc and Julie are thrown into this world out of their suburban upbringing – one I relate to down to the very town – you see two teenagers having to grapple with beauty and horror like they’ve never seen before. As soon as you discover something – like the wreath – you immediately see it’s dark side. It’s a really interesting aspect of the book.
Who are your favorite characters and why?
I’m a big Tommy fan. It’s nice to see an old guy in the mix of all the teenagers and Tommy brings a lot of wisdom to the table. Seeing him bring his Marine skill set to an alien planet while never losing his head is a lot of fun.
“When Doc and Julie are thrown into this world out of their suburban upbringing – one I relate to down to the very town – you see two teenagers having to grapple with beauty and horror like they’ve never seen before.”
Do you think reading and critiquing other writers’ work helps you become a better writer?
I think so. Any opportunity to read and pick apart why something works or doesn’t is a further opportunity to grow in one’s own writing. It’s something I’ve gotten to do in a lot of workshop based classes in school and getting to collaborate with other writers through feedback is one of my favorite things.
Born and raised in Winter Springs, Florida, Carly Howard is an aspiring writer and director studying a BFA in Film Production at the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. With plans to graduate in Spring of 2017, Carly’s first three years at FSU have included: witnessing the 2013 College Football National Championship as a member of the Marching Chiefs, studying abroad in Florence, Italy, and directing three (soon to be four) short films. Her post graduation plans are to pursue a career in writing and directing while working as a camera assistant on the side. She spends her spare time snuggling her dog, studying gameplay mechanics of old video games, and writing feature-length screenplays that are too expensive to make.