Interview with Robert A Boyd

Published 2014-12-11.
What is your writing process?
That can best be described as 'chaotic'! I start out with the seed of a concept, which I have at least roughed out in my mind, and put down anything and everything which comes to mind. Once I have a fair selection of these tidbits, I start moving them back and forth, building and growing the story as I go along. By the time I have a new book about 1/4 done, the structure and story line are pretty well set. The rest is filling in the blanks.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well, aside from 'Dick And Jane', probably my earliest exposure to Spec Fi was 'Space Cat Meets Mars'. I was about ten at the time, and found it in the school library. As to impact, it opened up a whole new world of exciting adventure, ultimately leading me here.
How do you approach cover design?
I do my own covers, but have come to rely on professional graphic artists I meet through elance.com. I do most of my layout work in Photoshop. Some of my early covers were self made, but I am in the process of upgrading them. The cover is a critical selling tool, and I apply the most careful strategic thinking to my cover designs.
Describe your desk
It's pretty modest, really. I have a 2 x 4 foot folding table jammed into the corner of my kitchen beside the refrigerator, with a small 30" x 18" side table to hold the printer, and a small filing cabinet. The whole thing fits in an area 4 feet by 5.
When did you first start writing?
That was in Chicago, back in 2002. I was going to school at the time. Summer in Chicago is no joy, so I spent most of my time in the school's computer center. Since I had nothing in particular to do, I thought I'd try my hand at a couple short stories...
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Ghoulish Good Fun" is a collection of various odd bits which have been kicking around here for years. I pretty much only work in novel length, but sometimes I get a wild hare up my ass and do something - different. When I was putting together my earlier fantasy anthology, "Deus Ex Machina", there were a number of tidbits which didn't fit the theme. However, they did go well together for an anthology on the macabre, black humor, and delicious horror...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I did the New York thing for a couple of years before I realized my chances there were effectively zip nada. Rather than butt my head against a stone wall, I decided to follow the growing trend of self publishing through both print and downloadable forms.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Completing a new book!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hunger, a need to go to the bathroom, a fervent wish not to let my sleep pattern get any more messed up than it already is, the desire to see what's on the internet, the urge to write - in that order.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Eating, going to the restroom, staring at the walls, schmoozing the net.
What do your fans mean to you?
Having readers not only provides a much needed ego-yay (which all authors need), but they are also my only real hope of immortality through my literary works.
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