Posted on April 19, 2023 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Today we're interviewing Jerry Boyd, author of pulp science fiction.

Boyd grew up in the Ozarks and now lives in mid-Missouri. He's done a little of everything, as far as employment goes.

He has read voraciously all his life and tries to write things that hr would like to read.

SADYE: How did you come to see yourself as a writer, and what inspired you to seek publication?

JERRY: I had always thought it was something I wanted to try. When my daughter went out on her own, and my gig as a stay-at-home dad ended, I figured it was time to try.

SADYE: What have been the most surprising, rewarding, and challenging parts of your writing career?

JERRY: I’m still shocked by the fact that other people like what I write. I had hoped, of course, that my stuff would find a market, but it has done much better than I could have ever dreamed.

As far as challenging, well, after the first couple of years, it gets harder to get up every morning and head into the office.

Rewards? Have you read my reviews?

SADYE: What has been the most touching or memorable piece of reader feedback you’ve received?              

JERRY: I’ve had a few people get in touch to say that either reading the books got them through tough times, or they read them to relatives in hospice, to ease their passage.

I’m not a good enough writer to tell you how that feels.

SADYE: What message or theme would you like readers to take away from your work?

JERRY: I try to keep messages and such out of the books. I’m sure that some people would say that I don’t succeed.

My purpose in writing is to give the reader a couple of hours where they don’t have to worry about the real world, and can just have fun.

SADYE: What advice, as relates to your writing career, would you give your younger self?      

JERRY: I would tell myself to get ahold of a word processor and try. Typewriters were a bane on my existence.

Seriously, though, I would tell myself to just keep at it, until it started getting good.

SADYE: What experience in your past or general aspect of your life has most affected your writing?   

JERRY: I have to think working with many different people has given me some idea of how different kinds of people react in different situations, and that comes in handy, trying to create realistic characters.

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Learn more about Jerry Boyd on his Amazon page, where his books can also be purchased, and like his page on Facebook

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The series beginning with Bob's Saucer Repair is an excellent set of books following the life of Bob Wilson, his family and friends, as they journey through space meeting other civilizations and avoiding trouble whenever possible. I've read all of 'em aloud (42 so far), some two or three times for our nightly bedtime reading hour.
Dick Seabrook | 1/26/24 at 9:16 AM
I'm not sure how I stumbled on Mr. Boyd's books but am so glad I did. I've been reading them straight through and now almost done with 11. At some point I'm going to have to stop and read something, anything to get Bob and Nikki out of my head. I'll be back no doubt sooner rather than later and I'm going to need my next fix. Well done Sir well done.
gl | 1/1/24 at 12:07 PM
Just noticed an error concerning naval tradition trivia that also appears in an earlier book. Unfortunately, as regards the first appearance, I didn’t note its location at the time. A gig and a barge are the local transportation vessels used by a ship’s captain and an admiral, respectively. They may be the same vessel, and whether referred to as a gig or a barge depends on the rank of the passenger. Thus Admiral Bob should be using a barge and not a gig.
Robert Wilcox | 11/26/23 at 8:09 AM
Jerry’s Bob and Nikki series is a great read, and he writes a lot! At least 32 books now, and it seems there’s always one on the way. I’ve enjoyed every one.
Steve Irvin | 4/23/23 at 10:23 AM
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