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.