A lifelong resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Howard graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in occupational therapy. Her master's in public administration came from the University of San Francisco.
After a decades-long career as a pediatric occupational therapist, Ms. Howard's writing career evolved from her desire to preserve her family stories. Page From a Tennessee Journal, the story of a family secret, her first novel, was published in March 2010.
While not part of her oral history, Ms. Howard's second book, The Sisterhood Hyphen, emerged from a dream. Her third published novel, Paris Noire, is scheduled for a September 2011 release.
Ms. Howard resides in the Bay Area with her family.