NEW BERLIN – Local author Ginnah Howard has written and released her latest work of literary fiction which deals with an upstate New York family’s struggle with addiction, mental illness and incarceration. She is slated to hold a special author reading and question and answer session at 7 p.m., Sept. 18 at the New Berlin Library, 15 S. Main St.
Howard will be at the library to read excerpts from “Doing Time Outside” and answering questions posed by those in attendance. As for the title of the novel, Howard said when someone’s family member, significant other, or friend is incarcerated in a correctional facility, the life of the person who is not detained is altered in many ways and - in a sense - those people are doing time too, simply outside of the facility.
This time can be difficult or painful, and the dynamics of the relationships may change with time.
In her novel, there are four main voices: Carla, Angela, Tess and Rudy. Readers may be able to identify with one or more of the characters in the novel, or may know someone who does.
“There may be one small thing that inspires a story, and then it just goes from there and is mostly made up,” said Howard. “There is a connection to the core of the story even though it is not about my own experience.”