– James Boyle
– Genre(s): Dark Fantasy
– Publisher(s): iUniverse
To Other Authors
– What are the three MOST important pieces of advice you would give to a brand new author?
- 1. Never give up. This is a difficult set of skills to learn (I’m still learning myself). It may take 20-30 years to become an overnight success.
- 2. Read everything you can get your hands on. Don’t read only for entertainment, read to watch how the author writes. How does he/she handle a particular situation? How do they put their story together? How do they create living dialogue?
- 3. Write something everyday—even if it’s simply a line saying “I have triple pneumonia and am too sick to write.”–write it down. Make writing a habit.
– What’s your favorite way to advertise?
- I like to hang flyers on bulletin boards around the towns and cities I am in. It’s relatively low cost, (I can design and print them on my pc) and can bring my novel and its cover immediate exposure to a wide audience. I particularly like senior centers, colleges, and supermarkets. (Renee note: I need to try this. I’ve tacked up some business cards at my post office but need to do some more stuff in more places.)
– What hard-knock lesson did the publishing world teach you (can be your own experience or someone else’s that you learned from)?
- That in a country where more than 200,000 books are published every year, it is a difficult challenge to get anyone to shell out their hard-earned money for your book. Particularly if they have no connection to you. Why should they?
For the Readers
– What are you reading, if anything, at the moment?
- I am kind of all over the place. I am re-reading John Barth’s “Sabbatical” just to wallow in admiration for his skill. He nearly has three narrators in the same paragraph and pulls it off! I have also just begun Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire series and find her narrative voice very entertaining.
– Do you prefer ebooks or print for your reading pleasure?
- Definitely print. Ebooks don’t have the “new book” smell. (Renee note: Ah ha! I knew there was a reason I loved visiting the book store. That’s it!)
– Name three of your all-time-favorite, read-them-over-and-over books.
- It by Stephen King—I love his depiction of the culture of school-age children, separate, but just as valid and dynamic as that of the adults around them.
- Ghost Story by Peter Straub—just a very good horror tale.
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald—it’s a classic for a reason.
Idle Curiosity Compels Me to Ask
– What inspired you to be a writer?
- When I was young I read Treasure Island and was fascinated with the romance of the swashbuckling pirate and wanted to read everything I could get my hands on, which wasn’t much. It occurred to me then, that if I wanted to read another pirate story, I would have to write it myself. Nevertheless, I still have only written one pirate story, which wasn’t very good.
– What do you do immediately after finishing a manuscript?
- Usually try to catch up on things I’d neglected while finishing the work, like cleaning the house. It’s hard to explain sometimes. It’s like I’ve just broken up after a long relationship; there’s a hole in my consciousness. I kind of wander around for a while until I’m able to refocus on something else. (Renee Note: I usually clean my house but no hole to fill just needs doing and my reason for avoiding it just got finished. :P)
– Do you talk to your characters or your muse or both?
- I don’t talk to them as much as become them—all my characters, good, bad and minor.
Website – http://www.jamesboylewrites.com
Yahoo Group – IWOFA
Join me next week for an interview with Alisha Rai.