A CONVERSATION WITH THE MODEST, SMART, HUGELY SUCCESSFUL HUGH HOWEY, AUTHOR OF THE 'WOOL' SERIES
If he was lucky, Hugh Howey thought his 2011 self-published science-fiction novella ‘Wool’ would sell five hundred copies. Instead, he has sold five hundred thousand, scored a seven-figure publishing deal, and had Twentieth Century Fox snap up the film rights with the iconic Ridley Scott possibly to direct.
Imagination is a muscle. I know this because when I didn’t use it for years, in a storytelling way, it shrunk. For a long time, I couldn’t conceive a story idea even if it hit me in the head and wrote itself. And that lasted twenty plus years.
Later, when I did throw myself into storytelling, it took months of writing, (the only story my mind possessed for the past ten years), before...