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Howard M. Tillison was born in Atlanta, Georgia and lived in Woodstock, GA, Birmingham, Alabama, Spartanburg, South Carolina and Chattanooga, Tennessee. He attended regular public schools in all four states, frequently finding himself in the "new boy" role during his formative years as his father, a railroad man, was transferred from place to place. Howard showed an early talent for writing, winning frequent recognition, as well as nurturing the musical talent inherited from his grandmother. His first "W-2" job was as a banjo player in Shakey's Pizza Parlor in Chattanooga, Tennessee during his Junior and Senior years at Brainerd High School. He sang the lead role in the Senior Play, George Gershwin's "Of Thee I Sing," and performed in variety shows as well as helping to build sets and manage the stage.
Howard was selected for two full academic scholarships in his Senior year, and elected to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology to pursue his other dreams of flying and performing research and development in aviation.
Upon graduation from Georgia Tech, Howard was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy and served "eleven years, seven months and seventeen fun-filled days" as a helicopter pilot. During his career in the Navy, he received a citation for the rescue of a civilian boating accident victim, flew a score of medical evacuation missions to transport premature babies from rural locations to a neo-natal intensive care center in Pensacola, Florida, and survived a tragic accident, caused by a mechanical failure, which took the lives of two other crewman. He also led an eleven man helicopter detachment providing support for hydrographic survey operations around the island of Hispaniola, primarily in the waters off the nation of Haiti, and contributed to the development of new methods of delivering and extracting people and equipment from shore sites without the need to clear large areas of forest to provide a landing zone. His last assignment in the Navy was on the staff of the U. S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, where he learned to sail and began writing his first novel. Following his discharge from the Navy, Howard worked in several civilian research and development positions benefiting the U. S. Navy, Naval Aviation and the United States Marine Corps.
During a brief stop in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Howard completed "Wolfgang's Revenge," his first novel (set in New York, New England and the waters surrounding Newport, RI), and "The Boys Who Could Fly" in addition to building a log cabin, with his own hands, which still serves as a vacation retreat. He also received recognition for a prize-winning short story, "Literature By The Pound," published in the journal, "Spilled Ink," during the Steamboat years.
Howard and his wife Diane, his high school sweetheart, live in Ooltewah, Tennessee with their four rescued dogs and five rescued cats. His favorite quote is, "We're not trying to save the whole world; just the cute parts."
Howard has several projects in work, and hopes to devote his efforts full-time to writing books, as well as composing, performing, recording and distributing original music with his band, "The Red Hot Tyrannophonic Bunny Dogs," by the end of 2012. He has lived in ten different states, from California to Rhode Island, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland and Florida in addition to the ones mentioned above, and has moved state-to-state fourteen times. The wealth of experience and the familiarity with people gathered along the way has contributed to each of his books (those published on Kindle, and the ones still in work) by inspiring characters, situations, and events which are unique, yet believable, because most readers will recognize someone they already know in Howard's books.