Interview: Heather Boyd

We’re turning over the blog to our staffer, Angie, again today. She’s cornered Heather Boyd for a fun interview. And if you leave a meaningful comment… who knows, we might give away an ebook. *wink*

Angie: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Heather: Unlike a lot of writers, I haven’t been writing since the moment of my birth. I have always been a reader but it wasn’t until 2008 that I put pen to paper and attempted something that I thought was brilliant but seriously, the story just didn’t go anywhere. I joined a writers group, got feedback and studied how to write my stories better. The first time I was asked for the remaining chapters in the story being critiqued was pretty special. I don’t write every day of the year but its pretty close.

Angie: Are you inspired by other authors? If so, who?
Heather: Really tough question to answer. I’m inspired by lots of regency era writers plus I try to read widely outside my genre, too. Every book I read reveals a new way of seeing the world the author creates. But if there’s a funny scene, it’s probably inspired by the work of author’s Samantha Grace and Donna Cummings. Those two authors always make me laugh out loud. For emotion, no one rips my heart in two like Mary Balogh.

Angie: Take us through a typical writing day for you.
Heather: I work at my writing career full time so after I gently guide the family out the door to school and work I usually grab a coffee and settle in to write as many words as I can before midday. After lunch, words are often much slower to come by but I persist until I finish the chapter or scene I’m working on. After that I answer emails, read industry related blogs. I’m self-published, so there is always something new to discover and talk about with friends. Late afternoon, is spent with my family. I don’t like to write my stories late at night. I find it hard to switch off and go to sleep. Somewhere in there I’m also on Facebook or Twitter or my posting updates on website. If I’m preparing for a new release I might work weekends.

Angie: Are any of your characters inspired by people you know?
Heather: I don’t think so. Not deliberately on real people anyway. Blythe from Forsaking the Prize is probably most like my mother, a Virgo. Blythe’s always conscious of keeping up appearances. I try not to immortalize my enemies either. But a TV character? Absolutely. My Oliver from my upcoming release, Guarding the Spoils, is loosely based on the worst traits of Benedict Cumberbach’s Sherlock and Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory. Oliver is my regency era geek.

Angie: Your book covers, both old and new, are gorgeous; what made you start designing your own covers?
Heather: You’re sweet to say otherwise but my first covers were dreadful. LOL In the beginning, necessity (zero funds for a cover artist) and having spare time led me to experiment. I’ve always enjoyed learning new things and I had an old version of Photoshop buried in a cupboard. Steep, steep learning curve. Having recently upgraded to the swank CS6 version of Photoshop, I get all excited by any chance to play these days.

Angie: Other than a follow-up to Guarding the Spoils, what else can we expect from you in the near future?
Heather: I’m due to send my editor the fourth book in the Wild Randall’s series this weekend, but I am expecting to receive edits back on a novella from my other editor. The novella is the first of two releases planned for mid year, Miss Watson’s First Scandal and Miss George’s Second Chance. They are sweeter regency romances than I usually write and set on the Brighton sea shore.

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Heather Boyd is the author of sizzling romance with an historical bent. A fan of regency England settings, she writes m/f and m/m stories that push the boundaries of propriety and even break the laws of that time. Brimming with new ideas, she frequently wishes she could type as fast as she can conjure up new storylines. Heather lives with her testosterone-fuelled family north of Sydney, Australia. You can catch up with her at www.heather-boyd.com.






13 thoughts on “Interview: Heather Boyd

  1. Crystal B says:

    I’m so excited to see that Heather has more in the works. I myself can NOT wait to read the 4th book in the Wild Randall’s Series. I’ve have loved all of her books that I have read.

  2. Maria D. says:

    Good interview! I have to admit that Heather Boyd is a new to me author – I’ve never read any of her books but I’m definitely going to check them out:)

  3. BookLady says:

    What a talented lady! Author and cover designer. Heather Boyd is a new author for me. Great interview. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Linda Mc says:

    That’s awesome that you write the books AND design the covers! I visited Sydney for the first time last Nov. Love your country….the people there were were wonderful and it was an incredible city. Can’t wait to go back someday.

    • Hi Linda, I live far enough away that visiting Sydney is still a lot of fun. Next time you’re there, take the ferry from Circular Quay over to Taronga Zoo. The animals have a fantastic view of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. I never get tired of going. 🙂

  5. Samantha Grace says:

    I’m so excited about reading this next book in the Wild Randalls series. I was a Heather Boyd fan way before she published her first novella, and I’m so happy her stories are available for everyone to read. She has a unique voice and never runs out of new story ideas. She’s amazing!

    Congratulations on the release! 🙂

  6. I am a huge fan of Heather! Tobias is my favorite Randall but I was very lucky to get the chance to read Guarding the Spoils in an early draft and fell in love with Oliver Randall in the process. He’s eccentric and adorable. I know everyone will love him as much as I do. Grats Heather! Love the covers! And I looking forward to the next in the series.

  7. Caffey says:

    I so love Heather Boyd’s books and thrilled I read her since her debut. I just recently just bought the first two of the Randalls series and started the first and enjoying them so much that I’m excited this new one is out! With working on the next Randalls book, is that the last of the series? I hate to miss a book in series! Just too part of my obession with series as a reader, smile.

    It;s so great you do the regencies. I love this genre and its great to know that there is more to look forward to of yours!

    Cathie (Caffey)

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