R.A. Boyd is a writer, and reader, of paranormal romance, horror and urban fantasy. She lives in Maryland with her husband, daughter and her massive collection of books. Seriously. Her books have their own room.
Today I have a very special guest joining me! Whoa! Please welcome R.A. Boyd author of Hunted by Angels from the Line of Lilith series.
Ros, thank you so much for joining me today for an interview.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
Hello! Thanks for having me. Welp, I’ve been writing since I was in middle school and my first short story was called Roslyn Jones and the Temple of Stuff. It was like Indiana Jones except the prize was a treasure chest full of New Kids on the Block posters. In the past two years I’ve self-published two novels and have had a few short stories and articles traditionally published.
What were you like at school? What was your favorite/best subject?
Way back in high school I was the quiet, nerdy girl who had a short temper. My favorite subject was English, and if you gave me fifteen bucks I would write your term paper or a let’s-get-back-together poem for your girlfriend or boyfriend.
Which writers inspire you? Do you have a favorite book?
My most favorite book ever is Stephen King’s It. It’s the scariest, most fun book I’ve ever read. There is one scene that made me stop washing dishes by hand for four days. If you’ve read the book then you know what I’m talking about. Writers like Stephen King and Mary Janice Davidson inspire me. Davidson writes the Undead series. It’s hilarious, original and sometimes sad. The characters are so much fun. Undead and Unwed, the first in the series, was the second book I read to my daughter after I gave birth. Harry Potter was the first.
What made you decide to become a writer? Why do you write?
Sounds cheesy, but I write because I don’t have a choice. I have all these ideas for books and short stories roaming around in my head, and when I don’t write I become a very unpleasant person. My husband will confirm that. I have to get them out. It feels unfair to me, and to my characters, if I don’t get them out. Does that sound crazy?
What have you written?
Hunted by Angels and Lady in the Pack are the first two books in the Line of Lilith series. Halligh and Once More with Feeling were published in a horror magazine, and I’ve had a few articles published. One was about me not fitting into my hubby’s family. I’m sure you can guess how well that was received by the in-laws.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I’m not a fast writer so a novel can take three to four months to write. That includes beta readers and revisions.
What’s the hardest part about writing? The easiest?
Hmm. The hardest part is focusing on one topic at a time. I’m working on a new series with Valkyries, but the characters from the Line of Lilith keep popping up. The easiest thing is that I can create what I want. I write paranormal romance so if I don’t like the existing rules for something I can just make it up. That’s the coolest.
What does your writing process look like?
My process is really random. I’m one of those writers who write in the dark. No outlines or well thought out plans. Sometimes I get an idea for a plot or a character and then I just start writing. When things start to come together it’s almost like a light bulb goes off over my head.
Be honest, how much coffee do you drink?
Too much. I’m drinking coffee right now.
Do you ever get writers block? If you do, how do you overcome it?
Writer’s block tends to rear its skanky head every once in a while, and when it does I write in my journal about everything. What I had for breakfast, the funny thing that my daughter said, the candy bar I shouldn’t have eaten. I just write about everything.
What artists are on your writing playlist?
Heart, Beyonce, Fall Out Boy, Sia, Pink. My list is vast and so is my taste in music.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I’m going to sounds like a broken record, but my advice is to keep writing and keep submitting. Join groups where honest beta readers will tell you exactly what they like and don’t like. Never stop.
Do you have any quotes that inspire you, if so, what is it?
Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious, and curiosity keeps moving us down new paths. – Walt Disney
How can readers discover more about you and your work?
Fun questions time!
If you could meet anyone of your characters, who would it be and what would you do?
Haines from Hunted by Angels! He is so tasty. I love him. And I would love him in person and keep him. Forever.
If you could live in any other time period, when would you live?
Sounds crazy, but I’d like to check out 2500BC in Egypt. They were building pyramids and other awesome structures and I want to know how they did it. Also, I’d like to cruise through the Baroque period. I love those fluffy dresses.
You’re stranded on an island and can bring three items with you, what do you bring?
Is Idris Elba considered an item? He’s coming along, and we’d need a water filter and a satellite phone. Can Idris bring three things too, because we need more supplies.
Someday, I want to ___________(what?)
Write an episode for Supernatural. I have so many ideas for that show, and for some strange reason I think about plot details while I’m playing Candy Crush. You’re the first person I’ve shared that with.
Are you a listener or a talker?
Depends on the situation. If I’m talking about Doctor Who or one of my favorite fandoms, and my books, I can yap for way too long. Other than that I’m a listener. My family thinks I’m antisocial.
What was the last song you played on your Ipod?
Beyonce’s Formation. Great song to work out to, especially when I feel like eating ice cream.
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