J. B. Howard studied Theater, Music, and Screenwriting at the University of Southern
California. During that time, she wrote short stories, songs, screenplays, stageplays (two received production grants from the university), and one “drawer novel.” After graduation, she traveled around New Zealand for one year; there, she briefly played bass and sang for an Auckland cover band, pruned grapes on a vineyard, waited tables, taught yoga at a women’s gym, spent one whole month living in a tent, and was an extra in a UK bank commercial, all while continuing to work on her writing. In 2013, she was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship at Chapman University, enabling her to earn an M.F.A. in Fiction. She currently lives, works, and writes in Southern California, where she is an occasional Creative Writing lecturer at Chapman University and at the Orange County School of the Arts.