Unlike a lot of writers, I’m fairly new to fiction writing. In my former life I worked in Financial Planning, constructing dry analytical documents five days a week. When I became unexpectedly redundant at work, I changed jobs and opened a second-hand bookshop. I spent a lot of time reading the stock, but regency historical romance made me laugh out loud the most so that’s what I began writing.
Can you tell us a little more about the book?
For one wicked night . . . .
Benedict Abernathy, an untitled and wealthy gentleman visiting London, is heartily sick of his celibate existence. Determined to leave his shattered heart behind and move on with his life, he accepts an invitation for a night of debauchery in the arms of London’s infamous courtesan, Lottie Townsend.
. . . . she will indulge his every desire.
Lady Charlotte Goodchild has fallen far from privilege and longs for one night of pleasure with the man she loves. But Benedict must be spared the truth of her ruin at all costs. Posing as Lottie Townsend, a notoriously discriminating courtesan and old friend, she disguises her identity and invites Benedict to share the night of passion that fate denied them.
How much fun did you have writing this book, or were there times when you wanted to throw up your hands and walk away? I had a blast writing this story. Up until One Wicked Night all my heroines had been virginal proper girls trying their best to fit in. With Charlotte I didn’t even try. I had twenty-four hours of storytelling time to let her have her wicked way with Benedict. I’m quite proud of my adventurous girl.
For those writers out there reading this and trying to break into publication, what advice would you give them? I always glance behind me with these questions. LOL.
• Write often, be very open to advice, and at least consider that advice might have some merit.
• Embrace change. The publishing industry is evolving rapidly and you need to keep your ear to the ground.
• Learn about contract law. As a starting point, visit the Pub Rants blog for more information.
• Keep writing and submitting.
What have you found it like being a part of the Noble Romance family? Is it as supportive as we all hear it is? And I understand your book will soon be available in print format? Can you tell us a little more about this? Noble continues to impress me. Our senior editor, Jill Noble, is very hands on, extremely professional, and keeps her authors well informed. The changes that are coming for the business are awesome. New website with more customer focused features, a second website for the upcoming Young Adult line. All new books will soon be in print (just after e-book release) and the backlist of previously released titles will come out in print over the next twelve months. At this stage, my One Wicked Night comes out next December (2011).
Are you part of any writing or critique groups? Would you recommend aspiring authors to join organisations like the ones you mentioned? And how have they helped you to succeed and become a published author? I would be so lost without the daily contact of my critique group. LOL. At the moment, we have about ten active members in our online Historical Romance Critique group. (I know it sounds a lot, but not everyone critiques every person’s chapters of every book.) We’ve become great friends and I’m so looking forward to seeing them again at the 2011 RWA conference in New York. They are an invaluable source of support and information.
What’s next for Heather Boyd? Have you anything out on submission at the moment? Well, I’m always writing and submitting stories so hopefully I will have some good news to share soon. I’m currently editing a novella length regency romance with a cougar relationship (gotta love a young man with stamina), and I’ve just begun work on the first of four books, tentatively titled the Noble Widows War series set around an infant duke’s family. Busy, busy, busy.
Thank you, for joining me today, Heather, and may I wish you all the best with your future writing career. I’ve read One Wicked Night and loved it, so I’m especially looking forward to reading your future works. Heather has been kind enough to say she will drop in over the day and reply to any questions you may ask, so feel free to chat, we welcome all comments.
To find out more about Heather Boyd please stop by her website to read an excerpt and free short story. Heather also blogs at LadyScribes and her own personal blog. She’s on twitter (@heather_boyd) and uses Goodreads.com to keep track of her romance books. To purchase One Wicked Night please visit Noble Romance Publishing.
And the winner is…Maree Anderson!!!!
Heather will forward you a copy of One Wicked Night later today.