An accomplished writer, illustrator, teacher, graphic designer, and editor, Virginia Howard worked in education for more than thirty years. She was an associate editor, coordinator of the Office of Publications, graphic designer, and Web designer at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, where she is well-known for her drawings of the famous LSU tiger mascot. Howard acted as the coordinating editor of six books published by the school.
She graduated with a bachelor of arts and a master of arts in English from the University of Alabama, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the honor society Alpha Lambda Delta. In 1988, Howard founded a literary journal, THEMA, a theme-based publication of fiction, poetry, and visual arts. The project remains close to her heart to this day.
Howard is an active member of the New Orleans chapter of the Society of Childrenâ€™s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. Many of her works have appeared in the literary journal Verbatim. When Howard isnâ€™t conjuring mystery stories or working on the next issue of THEMA, she enjoys traveling the world. She loves Churchill, Manitoba, where she can spy her favorite animals, polar bears. Howard lives in Metairie, Louisiana.