February 9, 2017
I’m so happy to feature Nancy Boyarsky in my new Author Spotlight.
Nancy Boyarsky was born in Oakland, California. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley, her first job was as an assistant editor in a tiny, long-gone publishing company in San Francisco. She has worked as a writer and editor all of her life.
She is married to former Los Angeles Times City Editor Bill Boyarsky and lives in Los Angeles. She still devotes herself to writing, editing, and reading and has added painting to her list of hobbies. She loves the theater, films and travel, especially to the UK.
In Nancy’s own words, how The Swap became a book…
Inspiration for The Swap
The Swap is the story of a house-swap gone bad between a couple from L.A. and a couple in London. The plot is based on a house swap my husband and I did a number of years ago. I had a lot of anxiety before that trip, worrying that the Londoners would rip us off and (alternately) that my house wasn’t tidy enough. I went crazy cleaning and neatening up to the point that my husband said he’d never do another house swap.
The actual swap itself went very well. The house in London had just about the same features and comforts as our own. Also the same messy closets and grotty corners. As in the book, the London couple had a boarder who was rarely there because her work called for a lot of traveling. And there was something a little spooky about the house. The painting in the dining room was pretty much like the one described in the book. It set a mood, making me feel something was a little off.
After we got home, I kept speculating about what would happen if the Londoners had never reached L.A., had never been heard from again.
The trip up the west coast of Scotland was based on another trip to the U.K. when we drove all the way from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye. The house where my heroine was held prisoner was a beautiful hotel where we stayed along the route. It’s called the Isle of Eriska.
The rest, the story line, I made up as I went along. The sense of place was important to the story. In a way, settings seemed to dictate what the action would be and what was going to happen next.
I had a lot of fun writing The Swap, and I hope readers are entertained by Nicole’s adventures as the innocent abroad.
Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, California, February 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Thanks for visiting, Nancy, and I’m certainly looking forward to reading The Swap. Much Success!
December 25, 2016
Wishing a joyous holiday season to all, and a happy and prosperous new year!
And if you haven’t already, come visit me and seven other wonderful writers(1) at Writers in Residence. Here’s a link to my latest ramblings there. My last post on Writers in Residence
And authors in the spotlight continues here. First up in 2017, February 7th, Nancy Boyarsky will be dropping by! If you want to share your news on my website, just email me email address
(1) Jackie Houchin, Linda Johnston, Miko Johnston, Rosemary Lord, G. B.Pool, Bonnie Schroeder, and Jacqueline Vick.
September 12, 2016
Yes, Reticence of Ravens 2nd Edition is coming out soon. Surprisingly, in re-editing I didn’t change much, and also surprising, I still like Hugh! Here’s the author’s note I added at the end in the second edition… (PS, thank you Aberdeen Bay for first printing Reticence, and thank you Champlain Avenue Books for reprinting!)
“Second Edition Author’s Note (2016)”
Reticence of Ravens was written as I was absorbing the vastness, climate, and uniqueness of the Mojave. While making new friends and discovering the town of Newberry Springs and environs—the historical significance and allure of Route 66 also became forefront in my writing mind and heart.
That period of “newness” and inherent excitement, especially in conjunction with writing this book—was priceless. For I had also “met” Hugh Champion—and that was the beginning of my love-affair with Joey’s and the Mojave Desert.
Coming soon, and funny, I’m excited as when it first came out!