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Meet Author Heather Boyd - GIVEAWAY

ANNOUNCEMENT:  Congrats to Nancy Crocker, Heather's giveaway winner. 

Today, I welcome Heather Boyd to MBB.  Heather is an Australian author who enjoys writing steamy novels with an historical background (preferably an English one!).  She lives with her family in Sydney, Australia.

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What made you decide to become a writer?
It was either write or go mad from the stories swirling around in my head. LOL

Why are you attracted to the Regency period?
Before I was a writer, I read in a lot of genres but what I liked about the regency era novels was they were the ones that made me laugh out loud. It’s fun to write around the rules of what was considered proper 19th century behavior and see how far you can bend them.

Do you write when the muse strikes you or do you write every day?  Do you have a target?
Writing is my full time job, but much as I’d like to write new words every day there is editing, blurbs, promotional posts to write too. When I am writing a first draft of a story my goal is usually 3,000 words per day or better five days a week. Don’t always get there

Can you sum up the plot of your book in a tweet sized sentence?
Oliver Randall, an eccentric man who spent a decade in captivity, is determined to make the rest of his life an adventure he’ll never forget

What will you do next?
What’s next: A novella, the first in the Miss Mayhem Series, Miss Watson’s First Scandal is coming very soon. A sweeter regency romance than I usually write and set on the Brighton seashore.



GUARDING THE SPOILS



Elizabeth Turner once loved Oliver Randall, but was blind to his desire to travel without the encumbrance of a wife weighing him down. When she learned the truth, Beth settled for the security of a loveless marriage. Now a widow with a son to support, desperation has driven her into service at Romsey Abbey and directly into the path of the man she’d loved and lost.

Oliver has no intention of letting his dream of travel slip away again, even for a pretty face from his past. Since his return to the abbey, he’s planned a grand tour to the continent even while examining the astonishing emotional changes a decade apart from his brothers has wrought. The last thing Oliver wanted was stronger ties to the people living at Romsey. But then fate offers him both an affair and an unexpected friendship. Is it curiosity alone that stirs him, or the beginning of an unexpected adventure?



Guarding the Spoils is the third book in Heather's Wild Randalls series



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Heather will give a copy of GUARDING THE SPOILS to one commenter, so please leave a comment before you go to be in the draw.


Comments

  1. Welcome to Maria's Book Blog, Heather! I loved reading your answers to Maria's questions.

    Congratulations on the release of Guarding The Spoils!

    Hi Maria!

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    1. Hi Nas, good to see you. Heather's answers are very short and to the point. I love the way she gets straight to the heart of things!

      Mx

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    2. Thanks Nas and thanks for having me Maria

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  2. Hello Heather :)

    I admire anyone who can write historical fiction as you have to do a lot of research to get the facts right, and I could never write steamy books, I'd find it too embarrassing, lol.

    A woman of few words, but what you did say was straight to the point. A nice short snappy interview :)

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    1. Indeed it is, Tina, down to business and straight to the point. Mind you, I am very garrulous and couldn't give an interview in such a succinct manner. We all have our individual style, don't we?

      You need to be fairly tough to write steamy, I think. In the society where I live, everyone would think you were up to all sorts of stuff if you wrote stuff like that, even if you were just using your imagination and lived the life of a nun.

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    2. Hi Tina. The historical research can be fun and quite often eye popping. I'm bummed I still haven't found a way to use my research on grave robbing prevention tactics. The sex scenes were only embarrassing the first few times. When you get an email that says you spiced up someone's love life, its a real reason to smile and keep writing them. :)

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    3. You know Heather, that must be the most rewarding part of the job! LOL

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  3. Ha ha ha. I just couldn't write sexy stuff - and besides my family would read it, ugh, squirms with embarrassment!

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    1. I think if you only write what other people expects then your writing job becomes ten times harder. I suppose I'm lucky that until recently my extended family have had little interest in my work, so I write whatever character comes to mind without censoring out what might shock them. A cross-dressing gay assassin? Yeah, that one even surprised me when he (Marinari in Hardly a Stranger) showed up. LOL

      For the record, my husband reads everything I write. His most frequent questions are 'why aren't you writing?' and 'have you finished the next book or what?" LOL

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  4. Heather, I'm with you! I'd go mad if I didn't write ;)
    Nice interview!

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    1. Hi Carmen, thanks for stopping by to say hi to Heather.

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    2. Hey Carmen. Thanks for dropping by. My limit is three days of non-writing time and I'll most likely have another storyline in my head. Holidays, as in away from my workspace, are not as relaxing as they used to be. :)

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  5. Great interview. I think 3000 words per day is an achievable goal to set.

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    1. Sometimes Wes, I can't even make my 500 word target.

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    2. Word count really depends on your situation. If you've got kids underfoot, getting any words out deserves a medal. Like right now, while I'm writing this response my preteen boy has interrupted me five times already. I don't usually write at night or when he's around.

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  6. I enjoyed the interview

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks bn100, nice to see you again as always.

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  7. Thanks, Heather, for an interesting post and congrats on publication of your novel. Good luck with sales. There's a market out there for this genre. Thanks, Maria, for hosting.

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    1. Thank you Sharon for stopping by and commenting.

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    2. Hi Sharon and thanks. I appreciate the support.

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  8. Great interview. I loved the glimpse into your writing life and how you organize your time. 3000 words a day certainly sounds achievable and I love how you describe writing as your full-time job! I must say that I would love to learn how to write regency novels. Good luck with your novel!

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    1. I'd be interested in learning that too Edith. Apparently there's a whole lot of history and special terms you have to know.

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    2. LOL Writing a regency era romance is much the same as writing a story set present day. Setting. Story. Believable romance. I was thinking about this a few days ago. I'd be hopeless at writing a story with a modern day nightclub setting for instance. Its been a very long time since I've hit the town and partied. For Regency era historical romance, you need to invest the time to research period details and come to grips with how people were expected to behave back then. Bending the rules is a big part of the fun in a regency. :)

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  9. Loved the interview, maybe I need to start writing. I have conversations going on all the time. And ideas etc. You have giving me something to think about.

    Congrats on Guarding the Spoils

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    1. Hi Nancy, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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    2. Hey Nancy. Thanks for swinging by. The only problem with starting to write is that it's hard to switch it off again. LOL Best of luck with your writing. :)

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  10. Hi Heather,

    Love your sexy cover! I'm researching and writing an 1800's novel set in New Zealand, and wondering just how much improper behaviour my hero and heroine can get away with and still remain true to the era... I don't want them to be too straitlaced or they'll never succumb to temptation...

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    1. I can't wait to read that book, Cherie.

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    2. Sadly, I know very little of NZ's early history so I'm no help. The best thing I could suggest, aside from continuing your own research, is seeking out historical authors who write about NZ. Maybe they can clarify what the early 1800's society was like.

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