Once upon a time there was a young mother who was on a holiday with her husband and sons and bored out of her brain by the prospect of fishing or yet another happy hour. I needed more of a challenge than just sitting around waiting for something to happen. I have always been a reader but it wasn’t until the summer of 2008 that I put pen to paper and attempted something that I thought was brilliant but seriously, the story just didn’t go anywhere. It was however just the challenge I needed in my life.
When I first started writing, the books I’d been reading definitely influenced my direction of experimentation. I’d always been a reader and I’d gone through many genre-reading phases-contemporary, science fiction, fantasy, paranormal to name a few. Regency romances however were the ones that kept me up late until I finished the book (hello 4am), made me want to fact check unfamiliar words and learn more, and made me laugh out loud no matter where I was (often embarrassing). Despite the late nights reading regency romance made me very happy. That seemed a good place to start with my writing and I never wandered into another era.
I joined writers groups, got feedback and studied how to write better stories than my first attempt. My first short story, One Wicked Night, was accepted by a small publisher in 2010 and I got my taste of contracts, royalties, book cover design without really knowing what I was doing. At the same time I was hearing about self-publishing and in February of 2011 decided to publish a novella length piece, In the Widow’s Bed, without a publisher. I had committed myself to another book contract, which I came to regret before the book even published, but since then I have remained an indie author-publisher and have never looked back.
I have since reclaimed my two books from that now closed publisher (breathes sigh of relief) so I’m 100% indie and about to publish my 29th book, REASON TO WED in December. I’m definitely looking forward to many more wicked adventures in the regency era. I’m always amazed at what one dull holiday brought into my life…freedom, creativity, and a whole lot of fun.
About the Author:
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 http://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.