Interview with Preston Howard, Author of 'The Sheltering Palms'

Preston Howard spent his entire career working on behalf of police officers, representing them under adverse circumstances, negotiating contracts to improve officers’ benefits and working conditions, and training police union officials in the art of leadership. He has written numerous books and lectured not only in this country but abroad as well.
His latest book is the fictional autobiography/historical fiction/satire, The Sheltering Palms.
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About the Book:

Preston Howard
Preston Howard Press
Pages: 519
Fictional Autobiography/Historical Fiction/Satire

Renowned police labor lawyer, Preston Howard, reached a watershed in his life—a forced retirement from the firm he built from the ground up and a cancer diagnosis. These two events made him take a step back and reflect over a life that had at times been hilarious, irreverent, self-mocking, eerie and even a bit, make that, quite lewd.
A family of unique characters guided the lawyer’s formative years: a bourbon-swilling, brilliant yet flawed grandfather who mentored the young lad in matters of religion, politics and the quest for knowledge; a psychic mother; an oversexed nanny; an aunt and uncle who fought on the front lines of integration; and a fire-balling uncle who got his fifteen minutes of fame in The Show.
Preston Howard first made his mark as a crime-fighting attorney representing the Tucson Police Department. Then he spent over forty illustrious years as a labor lawyer working with police officers and union leaders and handling the gamut of fascinating, high-profile cases across the country and even in other countries.
His many tall yarns might be viewed by some with the greatest suspicion, but his story-telling is undeniably first-class, witty, and absorbing.

“The best book I’ve ever read about lawyers, cops, and unions.” Bob Helpert, Tucson, Arizona


Q: Welcome to The Writer's Life!  Now that your book has been published, we’d love to find out more about the process.  Can we begin by having you take us at the beginning?  When did you come up with the idea to write your book? 

I spent an entire career representing police officers and unions. As my retirement loomed, I realized there was a lot of material from my body of work to turn into a book. I began making notes and working on some initial chapters. When I retired, there was ample time to concentrate on and finish the book. The final result is my novel titled The Sheltering Palms.

Q: How hard was it to write a book like this and do you have any tips that you could pass on which would make the journey easier for other writers? 

It was somewhat easy to write because of the knowledge I had about the subject matter. My only problem was that the completion of three professional books didn’t prepare me initially for a different style when writing a novel. The best advice, which many other authors have passed on well before me: write what you know about!

Q: Who is your publisher and how did you find them or did you self-publish? 


Q: Is there anything that surprised you about getting your first book published? 

First, that I needed a first class editor to tune it up. Second, if you want to have your book recognized, then hire a top notch book marketing firm to assist you, unless of course your publisher takes care of it.

Q: What other books are you working on and when will they be published? 

My second book is ongoing as we speak. It is a sequel to the original book and titled Justice Delayed is Justice Denied’

Q: What's one fact about your book that would surprise people? 

A number of other writers, including my editor and a colleague, have observed that it is a really well written book. You never really know as your slogging through the nouns, verbs, etc.

Q: Finally, what message are you trying to get across with your book? 

That people who make mistakes and fall down in their life can get back up and redeem themselves.
Q: Thank you again for this interview!  Do you have any final words? 

No, I’ve probably said too much as it is!

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