Interview with C. J. Boyle

What are you working on next?
I'm working on another science fiction book in which a ancient virus changes half the human population into mindless animals who only want to eat and survive.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dean Koontz, Steven King, Piers Anthony
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have 2 jobs and 2 kids so I'm pretty busy. My stories pester me until I pull them out of my head...so...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I started out writing screenplays over ten years ago. My first one was Echoes From The Future.
What is your writing process?
I "film" the story in my head for days or maybe weeks. Jot down notes so I don't forget the dialogue in a scene. Then I start writing. If I get to the end and the story is too short I think about how I can add substance and to which character.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading IT by Steven King as a teenager. I'm sure I read other things before then but that one stands out. Each character was a whole person and there were such vivid descriptions. I could never be as good.
How do you approach cover design?
I think about the book and then go to canstock and look through many many photos until I find one that fits the story. For instance, Sarisart has 2 suns and a volcano. Plus much of the planet is a harsh environment so the photo fit perfectly.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I usually use my computer.
When did you first start writing?
I starting writing in high school but as far as actually writing something I wanted to send out into the world... I started writing screenplays over 10 years ago. Some big prodco's requested to read some but none ever sold. Fast forward to now and I'm turning a few into books. It's a learning experience.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just want to share my work. Any money is secondary to putting my work out there and having people read it. Sometimes I read my own stuff and think to myself - I wrote this? It's strange.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think it's exciting when you feel like you've finally finished the book and its ready to go off into the world. I also get a kick out of looking at how many downloads I have. Even if it is only 5. There is 5 people out there that maybe read my book. Makes me feel good but then I wish I knew if they liked it or not.
Published 2016-04-03.
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