Interview with Harry J. Boyd

How does it feel to have Shadows at Inverness published?
Incredible! It’s actually pretty surreal. It feels like this book has been at least a thousand years in the making and at the same time it feels like I started writing it yesterday.
What inspired you to write Shadows at Inverness?
It was my wife Barbara who first suggested I write the book, although not necessarily this particular book. We had just gotten married, built a huge house, had three children, were taking care of my Mom after my Dad passed away, and ran out of money. Well, not completely, but the well was running alarmingly low. One night we were watching television and a commercial for a new book came on. Barbara looked at me and said, “You could do that.” “What?” I asked, not sure what she was talking about. “Write a book. You write well and we could use the money.” I laughed but once I figured out she was serious, I actually started to consider it. Fortunately the well didn’t run dry waiting for me to get it done, because it’s taken almost 21 years to get it published.
Did you base the character Gavin Hamilton, on a real person?
Gavin is a composite character but there’s a lot of me in him. Both our early lives were very safe, very pleasant, and very sheltered, both of us got late introductions to the real world, but we both made up for lost time. Some of Gavin’s adventures in the book are taken from actual experiences I had myself, so Gavin and I are very much alike. And I think I may have been a medieval monk in a former life because I feel very comfortable writing about abbeys and castles and the like. It’s almost like I’m writing from experience; remembering rather than creating.
What do you hope readers take away from Shadows at Inverness?
Shadows at Inverness is meant to be appealing on multiple levels. It’s an adventure story, a love story, a coming-of-age story, a mystery story, but most of all it’s a tale of enlightenment. Enlightenment often happens when it’s least expected or wanted as Gavin finds out. I hope readers are entertained on whatever level they find most enjoyable and perhaps take the opportunity to see their world in a different light. After all, that’s what enlightenment is all about.
Can we expect to read another book authored by Harry J. Boyd?
Shadows at Inverness is the first book of the series The Shadow Chronicles, which is already in the works. I’m having far too much fun to stop now.
Published 2015-07-12.
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Shadows at Inverness
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 145,410. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
It is a time of civil war. The power-hungry Macbeth has murdered King Duncan and proclaimed himself King of Scotland, but powerful forces oppose Macbeth and the country is plunged into a conflict it may not survive. Gavin Hamilton, a young monk of the wealthy and prestigious Fortrose Abbey, is swept up in the drama and intrigue as he is forced to examine his faith.