USA Today Bestselling 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 steamy romances that skirt the boundaries of propriety to keep readers enthralled until the wee hours of the morning.
Heather has published over 40 regency romance novels and shorter works full of daring seductions and distinguished rogues. She lives north of Sydney, Australia, with her trio of rogues and pair of four-legged overlords.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
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 both my kids were in school that I put pen to paper, but the story just didn’t go anywhere. I needed help. So 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.
Take us through a typical writing day for you.
I work at my writing career full time, so after I gently guide the family out the door, 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 because I find it hard to switch off and go to sleep.
What advice do you have for other authors wanting to indie-publish?
Don’t ever believe self-publishing is going to be easy or a quick way to make money. There are so many decisions you have to make that you just don’t anticipate before you start. Having someone to talk to about it is a huge help. Also joining up with like-minded authors can fill any gaps or at least steer you in the right direction when panic is about to set in. Keep an open mind and prepare to pivot as the publishing industry grows and alters course. (It does that a lot!)
How would you describe the characters in your books?
Sexy, funny, flawed, occasionally deadly, but always willing to connect with others and take a chance they’ll find love.
What do you want the reader to get out of your books?
Entertainment! An escape from reality, a laugh, an urge to wake their partner in the middle of the night for the right reason, and to smile at the end of the story because it was time well spent.