Interview with Dale R. Boyd

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
An easy one to answer. Some of these stories and characters were created by me decades ago. To finally give them life, to share them with others who I hope will enjoy them as well, is a helluva kick. I know the joy I get when reading my favorite authors; if I can come within a million miles of giving someone else that kind of feeling, then it's a good day.
What are you working on next?
Now that I have published the third book in the series, "A Dragon Rises: Magician & Thief", I have begun the fourth story, "A Dragon Rises: Half-Blood Queen." Like "Magician & Thief," "Half-Blood Queen" will be a longer tale. In addition to the "A Dragon Rises" series, I am beginning the initial stages of framing out a story I have been mulling over for a long time. Unlike "A Dragon Rises", which is more in the Sword & Sorcery genre, this new book (as yet untitled) will be more along the lines of fantasy.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow, only have 600 words to answer? Robert E. Howard, Janet Morris, Lynn Abbey, George R. R. Martin, Raymond E. Feist, Stephen King, Dan Simmons, Clive Barker, Niel Hancock, Lin Carter, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Arthur C. Clarke, Dennis L. McKiernan, just to name a few. As readers and writers, we owe Howard much for effectively creating the Sword & Sorcery genre, and of course we owe Tolkien for what may be the most complete world ever created.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Just launched a new website in mid-June with my friend and business partner. Content driven with a heavy emphasis on offering things in a humorous light.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever actually wrote down was about the main character that will appear in a fantasy epic I am about to begin. This character was first visualized almost forty years ago, so it's about time I let him out.
What is your writing process?
Well, as a new writer, it's evolving. So far, what seems to work for me, is to begin with the first scene that comes to mind, which is usually something I have already been mulling over. I will write it down and then begin to create the back story in greater detail. From there it's a fairly linear process, although I do hop around if a certain scene just hits me, even though it may appear much later in the story. Almost all scenes begin in my head as dialogue between characters.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well, not the first (too many years ago, too many beers ago), but I can remember the first two stories that brought tears to my eyes. One was "Of Mice and Men", the last scene between George and Lenny. Heartbreaking. The other was a story by Issac Asimov, "I sing the Body Electric". "Lord of the Rings" was the first book (well, three books) that I read where I was old enough to really understand what it must have taken to create this incredible world, with it's rich history, languages, songs, internal mythos, you name it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Almost impossible to answer, but I'll give it a shot:

"Lord of Light" by Roger Zelazny. Can't say why, but I have read it over a dozen times.
"Lord of the Rings". In my opinion, simply the most fully realized, richest world ever.
"Of Mice and Men". Perhaps Steinbeck's best.
The Rift War Saga books, by Feist. Great epic fantasy.
"Childhood's End" by Clarke, for it's concept.

"A Song of Fire and Ice" saga by George R.R. Martin will probably make the list if he lives long enough to write it all and I live long enough to read it all.
What do you read for pleasure?
Literally everything. Sci fi, fantasy, anything on Lincoln, history, magazines, cereal boxes (well, only if my wife doesn't yell at me at the table).
Describe your desk
Picture a Staples or Office Depot store after a simultaneous hurricane, tornado and 9.0 earthquake. I could sell 500,000,000 copies of my books, and no one will want a picture of my desk appearing anywhere.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A Dragon Rises series is a combination of several unrelated characters and stories I created beginning at age sixteen till now. There was a central world I did dream up and populated, but the end result is fairly larger in scope than the original story arc.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I could not fathom looking back one day and regretting that I never invested the time or effort to write my stories down, primarily in the hopes others might enjoy them. Having said that, it was the kind urging by certain people that finally gave me the impetus to start.
Published 2014-10-12.
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Books by This Author

The Scroll
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,280. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » Crime
Investigating a report of a human body, Detective Thomas Rykker, part of the elite unit known as the “The Boogeyman Squad,” instead finds the horribly mutilated remains of a vampire. Even more surprising, the dead “leech” is carrying an ancient scroll of unimaginably evil power. Thus begins a race against time as Rykker tries to solve the mystery of what killed the vampire.
A Dragon Rises: Magician & Thief
Series: A Dragon Rises, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,830. Language: American English. Published: October 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Renny’s life had been pretty tough so far. First an orphan, then a runaway, and finally an experienced cutpurse by her fifteenth year, one day she finds herself being framed for a crime she didn’t commit. Saved by a stranger, an old sorcerer named Sooliman Arkane, they begin as unlikely a companionship as was ever forged. But their lives are about to change, and in ways neither could ever imagine.
A Dragon Rises: Gladiator
Series: A Dragon Rises, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 57,100. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The gladiator pens of Thanus were renowned throughout the Southern Kingdoms. A life wearing the iron collar was a life unforgiving and harsh, and often brutally short. There was only one rule within the arena: kill or be killed. It was into such a grim existence a young boy named Titus found himself thrust. To survive, he would need all the help Jax, the master of combat, could give him.
A Dragon Rises: Mercenary
Series: A Dragon Rises, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,490. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Tulag Gor had sold his sword and axe to more rulers and kings in more lands than he could count, but the big northerner had never taken contract with a more unlikely patron than the one who approached him that day in Butistan: an ex-clan chief of the Iloni, accompanied by the commander of the royal elite guard of Urland, hereditary enemies of the Iloni themselves. It was a job he couldn't pass up.