The Author Spotlight Questions and Answers is here with a new addition - this time we have a post from William Boyd, who is talking about his new book HULLO MOLLY HOLLY, and life in Kentucky.
Who are you and where do you call home right now?
I’m Billy Boyd. Formally, I’m William Thomas Boyd. I’m also known as Bilbo Baggins, Billsworth, Mr. Bigglesworth, Wiggles, and Bebop. I’m from Kentucky. I grew up farming, so I’ve spent a lot of time in direct contact with my home soil. I’m an evangelist for the ‘tuck. Ask me about it sometime.
Tell us about your latest book: your inspiration for it, how you got through your most difficult challenge in writing it, and what you love about it?
HULLO MOLLY HOLLY was born out of a number of relationships I had during my college years. The characters are cut from archetypes I encountered at the time. Molly is that girl you fell in love with at a glance and then never saw again. I wondered what it would be like if you tried to hold onto the flame of that moment, keeping a figment alive. The boys are lifted from various punks and slackers I knew. My love for them is as deep as it is for Molly, and I hope it shows.
The toughest part of writing the book was in immersion. How do I get a reader to feel like they’re ‘there’ when ‘there’ is a cassetepunk pocket dimension? The supernatural needed to ring true. The path forward came in the details. Details are a natural part of our life, especially the enigma of what sticks out and what doesn’t. The teeth of a lady in a rental car advert. An old man’s red shoes. A particular crack in a particular pieces of sidewalk that looks like a fish. These exist everywhere— on the bridge of a starship, in a castle, in a bedroom, or in a cassettepunk pocket dimension.
What are a few of your hobbies?
I have too many. I like painting, making little movies, drawing, making lego spaceships, woodworking. I’m getting into making beer. It’s very alchemical.
If you had your own food truck, what would it serve?
Since this is a hypothetical food truck, I make no apologies for the lack of marketability of this idea. I would sell flan and various types of plantain pancakes.
What do you want to get better at doing, writing-wise?
Mapping out intricately devised plots-within-plots that enfold and unfold and blow your mind.
What TV series are you into right now and why?
Deadwood. Have you ever tried watching that show? It’s like your ears have to squint. I have no clue what they’re saying half the time. Subtitles don’t help. I have to imagine that if I ever got a grip on that show, I’d be a smarter individual. So I try.
What movie do you quote the most?
Empire Strikes Back. We all do.
What do you collect, even a little bit? Tell us about your favorite one.
Lego. I have a huge lego universe in my office. It’s getting out of hand, which is perfect.
What’s your preferred genre of book when you just want to escape?
Fantasy. The crunchier the better. Give me 1000 pages of medieval magic and politics and we’re good.
What do you like to do on vacation?
Get creative. Write, draw. If I have less distractions and I’m benefiting from raw new experiences, why not profit?
Is there another genre you’ve been itching to write in?
Hard Sci Fi. Diamond Hard.
What unusual object do you like to bring with you if you leave the house?
Thumb Drive. It’s a must.
If you had a champion racing pigeon, what would you name it and what would its tagline be?
Punchy. The Fastest, Bestest Rat on a Wing.
Finally, give us one recommendation for something - movie, TV, game, food - that you enjoyed recently.
Eat Flan. It’s my favorite, and it could be yours too.
About Hullo Molly Holly
Peter Doolan’s got a big problem: the girl he loves isn’t quite real.
Peter lives in the city of Luxe, where the spirit world underlies the ordinary one. The ways and paths between the two are known as slides, and Peter knows them all. He’s a pizza delivery driver, after all, and there are no better shortcuts than those through the unreal.
One spring night, he attends The Fireball, a party held out in the wild country, and he meets a woman named Molly Holly. They share a wild, lovely night and afterward she disappears.
When Molly reappears in Peter’s life, it becomes apparent that there’s something special and terrifying about her. Peter must reckon with her true nature and contend with a man named West, who has his own malevolent intentions for Molly.
Peter’s contention with West draws him deep into the underworld, where his skills in navigating the unreal are put to the test and his very soul is in jeopardy.
The next installment awaits...Author Spotlight Question and Answer: Simon Kewin