Hello everyone! Happy October!
I’m thrilled to bring you a speculative fiction author, C. S. (Craig) Boyack. I asked him to pick a few questions from my huge list HERE. We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions. The answers might surprise you.
I think I’ve read almost all of Craig’s books. He is one of my favorite authors because there is always a great story wrapped up in his writing. My favorite book by Craig is called Panama. Check out the review HERE.
Please meet today’s guest, C. S. Boyack:
Author, C. S. Boyack
I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.
I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century, and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.
I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.
Hi, Colleen. I’m so excited to see this new feature popping up. There are a lot of avenues for an author, but not many free ones, and it’s important to support them when someone starts a new feature. I know from my own experience how hard it is to start a feature like this and keep it going.
Thanks, Craig. You’ve always lent your support to the authors in our community. I’m happy you’re here. Tell us a little about your self.
I am a speculative fiction author and refuse to limit myself to any one sub-genre. Since this is October, I’ll try to focus on my paranormal works.
That’s right! We share a love of the paranormal! I LOVE October, too.
So, as a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
I’m probably unique here, but I have a mascot that represents my blog. She is Lisa Burton, the robot girl, the main character in my first novel. She acts as a spokesmodel for my publications, and I commission posters of her to support each book. She also makes regular appearances on my blog and hosts the interview slot I mentioned up above.
So, I heard a rumor that you even have Lisa Burton paper dolls on your site. I had to check that out. LOOK BELOW:
CLICK THE LINK: Sometimes, ya gotta try new stuff!
Lisa also appeared in one short story, and there is a rumor that she may be returning in a novel sometime fairly soon.
Here I was focusing on paranormal, and we’ve drifted into science fiction.
It’s all good, Craig. How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Ha, ha, ha! Define write? I have an odd process. My stories usually come to me as a vignette of some kind. I dwell on them, and those that have merit get put in my notes app. If things fill out, I start a storyboard.
I have a couple of storyboards that are approaching three years old. I just keep adding to them as ideas come up. What this does for me is keeps projects developing all the time. My storyboard is what I use as an outline.
Sometimes I jump the gun and start writing before I have a complete storyboard. Other times, the characters will take the story in a different direction after I start drafting.
I hold a full-time job, and writing happens on the weekends. When I’m drafting a project, it takes me three to six months. My opinion is drafting isn’t the entire writing process. I could answer this as years, or three months depending upon the definition.
That’s a fascinating process. I would love to hear more about how you use a storyboard for planning, but over the years, what would you say has improved significantly in your writing?
Wow! Everything, I hope. Writing is kind of a zen journey for me. I’m as motivated by self-improvement as anything else about the process.
As an attempt to offer something worthy, learning about story structure was massive. When we start out, we usually just wing it, at least I did. This is an important part of the process, because we are learning discipline, and enjoying ourselves.
Then we learn more about character arc. All stories are about people, and we have to be able to relate to the characters going through whatever the main story issue is. They have ups and downs too, and this makes our stories stronger.
Learning a bit about deep point of view also proved super helpful.
Now you’ve got me really interested… Can you share anything about your current projects?
I’ve recently finished drafting and some personal editing passes on a fantasy novel. This one is a pirate fantasy, so no magic wands and such in this one. There are monsters and a witch doctor though.
I expect to release this one in early 2019. I really enjoyed writing this one, and hope readers will feel the same.
I’ll be looking forward to your new book, for sure. In the meantime, which of your books would you want to be adapted to the silver screen?
This is hard because I think several of them would make fun projects. I’m going to mention some of my paranormal stories to get back to the October theme.
I think Will O’ the Wisp would make a fun movie. It’s about a teenage girl who is being stalked by an ancient evil. This film would involve some fun settings, and make a great film for young adults.
I really enjoyed “Will O the Wisp,” Craig. Folks, you can click HERE to read my review.
The Playground would also make a good film, but we might need Quentin Tarantino to get involved. This is because it’s actually three different stories written around a central theme. They all come together at the end. It involves a crazy businessman who turns to the occult to advance his evil plan. If you would enjoy some Halloween reading that might be like Pulp Fiction or Sin City, this is for you.
Panama is one of my older tales, but it keeps selling. This is set during the construction of the Panama Canal, so it’s a period piece. You could almost think of it like a western, but with witchcraft, hoodoo, and a mysterious man at the crossroads.
Overall, I think The Hat would bring the most commercial success. This one is supposed to be fun and has a comedy element to it. It could also have a killer soundtrack because the main characters are a musician.
Yes, you read that right. They have a symbiotic relationship, and both of them bring something to the table, and musical performance is one of those things. This one is a paranormal, almost superhero, kind of story. It might lean a bit more toward a Guardians of the Galaxy or Deadpool style, than Batman or Captain America.
“The Hat,” was a fun read, Craig. I also read and reviewed that book. It would make a fabulous movie!
Colleen, I’m so glad to see another venue to promote our wares. I wish you all the best with it and hope more of my fellow authors will take part.
Thanks, Craig. It’s always great having you as a guest on the blog!
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Thanks for stopping by to meet C. S. Boyack. He is at the top of my list for Halloween reading. ❤