Today I welcome historical romance author Heather Boyd to the Friday Fast 5!
What was the best movie you saw in the past year and why?
I really like a lot of movies that have nothing to do with what I write. So my favorite movie this past year has been John Wick. It’s almost playing on a loop since we got the DVD. First, I love Keanu Reeves. Second, it’s got a rockin soundtrack. Third, the storyline of a retired assassin reverting to form is riveting. I love the fight scenes.
What time of day is your best writing time? Up early with the birds or wake up in the middle of the night with an inspiration and have to go write it down?
I do wake up with the birds but I have a family who are a pretty big morning distraction. I work at my writing career full time so after I gently guide the family out the door to school or work I usually grab a coffee and settle in to write as many words as I can before midday. Once I finish a workday – 9 till about 4 – I don’t continue with my stories into the evening. I find it hard to switch off and go to sleep, but I do get lots of ideas at night. I keep a notepad and pen beside the bed at all times.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could chose any famous person (living or dead), who would you chose to be stranded with you and why?
Thor/Chris Hemsworth. Well, if Chris really were really Thor we wouldn’t be stranded for long. He could fly us home. However, if Chris couldn’t be Thor at that moment, he’d make being stranded a very pleasant experience.
What is your favorite part of writing?
That quiet moment when, with no distractions, my fingers are flying over the keys and the story seems to be writing itself.
What advice would you give new authors?
Write. Don’t worry about perfection. I’m a huge fan of the dirty first draft. Everything can be cleaned up during edits and revisions.
Don’t Miss Miss Merton’s Last Hope
Over the years, Melanie Merton has used every trick and ruse to repel overeager gentlemen callers without ever revealing the real reason she won’t say yes to an offer of marriage. When neighbor Walter George jumps to her defense against slurs cast by suitor number twelve, he also pries into her past—uncovering the circumstances around a tragic loss in her childhood and her aversion to being touched by anyone. But even protective Walter must be kept at a distance for his own good, because despite a growing attraction between them, Melanie must deny him too.
Unlike other men his age in Brighton, Walter George hadn’t considered Melanie Merton for a wife because he was convinced he’d never have a chance to impress his haughty neighbor. But that was before he understood her better, before he uncovered why she kept friends and suitors alike at bay. The right husband could restore the woman he sees into some semblance of the fun-loving child of his memory, but would Walter stand a chance or become just another unlucky suitor?
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More About Heather Boyd
Bestselling historical author Heather Boyd believes every character she creates deserves their own happily-ever-after, no matter how much trouble she puts them through. With that goal in mind, she writes sizzling Regency romance stories that skirt the boundaries of propriety to keep readers enthralled until the wee hours of the morning. Heather has published over twenty novels and shorter works. Catch her latest news www.heather-boyd.com. She lives north of Sydney, Australia, and does her best to wrangle her testosterone-fuelled family (including cat Morpheus) into submission.