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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