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Monday, November 23, 2020

Andrew Boyle




Guest Author Interview


I am happy to have Andrew Boyce as my guest today. Thank you, Andrew, for joining me on my website.



Author Andrew Boyce

        Author Andrew Boyce





Andrew, can you tell us about yourself and your background? What do you currently do outside of writing?

I am from Glasgow, Scotland. I work in a bookshop and enjoy reading, and so it looks as if it was inevitable that I would write the book I had always wanted to write! I have always been interested in the Romans, and slowly my book idea came together.


What books have you written, and what are their genres? What audience are they aimed at?


Antonine Romans Golden Torque


I started off with "The Antonine Romans, and The Golden Torque" and self-published it on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Amazon. Being around 18,000 words, this seemed a nice short size and gave me the idea of making a series of these Antonine books.

Set in AD144 in the Antonine Wall area of Western Scotland, the books follow the Romans and the Natives. It is historical fiction, and I put age 18 on it as battles and sword fights!



What prompted you to write what you did? What message(s) do you want readers to take away?


I have always been interested in the Romans invading Scotland. The Antonine Wall ran across central Scotland, and there are remains of ditches, roads, forts, bathhouses, and numerous museum exhibits. As they say, you should begin writing about what you know or what interests you. The Antonine stories are the result.

In terms of what message I would like readers to take away, I simply want the readers to enjoy my books. If someone is interested in the Romans, then my books provide another author they can read.


Do you write short stories, articles, or have a blog? Where can we find them?


Yes. I started a blog on my page at goodreads.com. On any site I am on, I try to write a bit about myself.

My main writing is the Antonine series, but I can imagine other projects developing as I enjoy writing so much.


What do you find the hardest about writing? The easiest?


I enjoy writing! I have these characters and stories that come into my head, and then it is a case of writing it down, a little at a time. The next part then comes into my mind, and then I write that down and so on. I don't try to rush it.

The hardest part for me is after the story is complete! I started out by self-publishing using KDP Amazon, then promoting it by joining Facebook groups, Goodreads, and anything else I could google! A tip for aspiring authors with a completed book is to watch not to spend too much on sites promising you miracles!


What's next for you after The Antonine Romans and The Golden Torque?


For me, it's all about building a little series of Antonine books, and then we will see what happens after that.

I never thought I would ever manage to write an actual book, and so the next goal was to write a series of books.


What particular thing about yourself would you like to share with readers?


Accidentally, I left a clue in a previous answer when I said, "I don't try to rush it." I have always enjoyed the music of Rush, rock music, and music in general.

Maybe I shouldn't have admitted the "I don't like to rush it." clue was accidental, and everyone would have thought that was really smart, but I think this answer shows the magic of writing, where you can write something down, and it leads to something else.


How can we follow or contact you?


For the following, you can follow me on Amazon and Goodreads.com.

To contact me, my email address is andrew.boyce5@btinternet.com.



Where can readers buy your books?


Keeping it simple, you can buy my ebooks and paperbacks on Amazon.

It is incredible for me to see people buy from around the world! Please purchase and enjoy, just as I enjoy Jess Steven Hughes's work!


Antonine Romans and The Golden Torque






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