About Me

Author Photo of Juliet Boyd

In my garden, on a rare sunny day during the British summer.

I live in Somerset in the south-west of England, where I spend most of my time writing. The rest is spent reading, drawing, gardening and hooping (plus all the boring things that we all have to do).

I'm not one of those people who have always written, or wanted to. It didn't even occur to me to try until I was in my forties, but the moment I did, I was hooked. When I first started, the thought of writing a 60,000 word novel filled me with a feeling of dread. I couldn't imagine how anyone could write that many words. So, I started out with scripts. That seemed somehow easier, except, of course, it wasn't. There are many rules to writing scripts. Brevity is the key, and leaving a lot of the description and setting to others. And the format is very specific. I submitted a number of scripts to the BBC Writers Room and a couple of them even got read (my first did and I really didn't care what they said, because it had got that far).

After several years of writing spec TV scripts, at the beginning of 2009 I turned my hand to writing short stories. The transition made sense, because brevity is they key with short stories, as well. This brought some success. I had stories published in everything from women's magazines (under the pen name of Lily Bond) to a Doctor Who CD, from anthologies to online publications - and I was placed in one or two competitions. I particulary like writing very short stories (also known as flash fiction), which I now do on an almost daily basis on Instagram (under the username julietboydauthor).

Towards the end of 2012 I started to experiment with longer pieces of work and have since independently published a number of novels and longer short stories. Although I enjoy writing longer works, I find them much more difficult. Short fiction will always be my favourite.

I don't like to restrict myself to one particular genre. Over the years, I have discovered a particular liking for writing with a horror element - although you won't find copious amounts of blood and gore in any of my stories. I believe what the reader imagines is much more interesting than having everything spelled out, even in something as short as a 6-word story.

Most of my writing could broadly be called young adult, mainly because of the character ages. However, I have recently embarked on a project for a younger audience, which you'll find under Children's Books in the menus.