Howard was born in 1958, and was raised on the family farm near Totnes, in South Devon. apart from two years at Bicton College of Agriculture, he has spent his entire working life on various farms in Devon and Somerset. With his wife Fran, he managed his own farm near Exeter for over twenty years.
In 2007, they moved to a smaller holding on the edge of Dartmoor to pursue wider interests.
To date, as well as "Renewal", Howard has completed one other novel, and is currently working on a third.