Margaret O Howard (aka Margaret Howard Trammell) grew up in the Gothic south of Mississippi and Louisiana, and the south’s influences thread their way through all her works.
Margaret O. Howard studied writing, dance and languages at Louisiana State University, the University of Miami and Florida International University, earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.
Her short story “Lalin Bonheur” won the Third Annual Flyway Fiction Award and was published in Iowa State University’s Flyway: A Literary Review. Additionally, the piece was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Several of her articles have been published in national dance journals. Currently she writes book reviews for the Apalachee Review in Tallahassee, Florida. She has written two novels.
Her latest novel, Lalin Bonheur, loosely based on her short story, was influenced by her experience as a teacher of dance and English as a Second Language (ESOL) in South Florida. For sixteen years she taught in public schools and colleges. Many of her students from Haiti spoke French Creole and told stories of rituals, involving magic, dance and herbs used in healing.
When Margaret lived in New Orleans, shortly after graduating from Louisiana State University, she began her research into the history of the city. Her research helped to capture 19th century New Orleans as the setting for the novel. The story describes in detail the lives of free people of color (who immigrated from the Caribbean) and also the French Creoles, who resided in the city at the time.
Her POV character, Lalin Bonheur, developed as she continued her research on New Orleans, and the story of romance, magic and mystery unfolded, as she wrote.
Margaret O. Howard currently lives on the gulf coast of North Florida.