Celebrating POC Authors in Fantasy: Moni Boyce





Moni Boyce is a writer, filmmaker, poet and author of contemporary and paranormal romance. After working in the film industry for fifteen years, helping others bring their visions to life, she now creates characters of her own and brings them to life on the page. She considers herself a bookworm, film buff, foodie, music lover and an avid world traveler having visited 33 countries and counting. She currently resides in Virginia, but considers Los Angeles her hometown.


Interview with Moni Boyce


What genre(s) do you write in?

Contemporary and paranormal romance

When did you decide that you wanted to write in your Genre?

I always knew I would write contemporary romance. In middle school, I wrote short stories that centered on romance and I have always been an avid reader. It wasn't until I'd become an indie author and was reading more paranormal and urban fantasy stories that I fell even more in love with the genre. I already watch so many paranormal/UF TV shows and movies, and wanted to create characters in this genre with their own mythology.

What things in your life do you draw inspiration from?

Everything. I'm inspired by everything: art, music, movies/TV, articles, real life stories, travel, conversations, my own life experience.

What is the purpose of your writing? Is there a specific message that you hope to convey?

Given everything that's going on in the world right now, I want people to read my books and be inspired by love. It's a universal thing we all seek in life. All of my books tend to involve different themes. My first novel, Redemption of the Heart had a huge them about forgiveness and of course redemption. In The Oracle Chronicles some of the themes are belief in yourself, your abilities, the meaning of family and ultimately the choices and sacrifices we make for the people we love.

How much of yourself is reflected in your writing?

I think there is a lot of myself in my work. I try to make sure that every character has their own voice, but I do think I bleed over into my work because these are characters I've created. I think each of them have pieces of me.

What can readers expect to see from you in the next year? Any new releases, features or celebrations?

Tons of new releases. I have a contemporary romance release on June 23rd, called Love Delayed In Dublin. I'll be releasing the 1st books in 2 more contemporary romance series later this year. A collaboration with another author on an alien sci-fi romance. I have two novellas in anthologies coming out. The 1st book in an Oracle Chronicles spin-off series and a Christmas novella.




Check out The Oracal Chronicles






Secret lineage, a ruthless vampire, and forbidden love.


Willow Stevens dreams of stardom are eclipsed by the real nightmares of a sinister man haunting her dreams. Unbeknownst to her, Eli Walker, her hot but snobbish co-worker, may know the reason nightmares plague her, but their history shows he is more prone to reject her, than help her.


Then Willow passes out at work only to wake in Eli's apartment. There she has her chance to learn more about her heritage. But, knowing why the vampire king stalks her doesn't make the nightmares disappear. If anything, they become more real as she now faces off against a slew of creatures she'd always believed were myth.


That Eli is one of those creatures is just her luck. Secret witch guild or not, his natural ways are casting spells her heart can't escape. As a Protector his only focus should be her safety. Anything else is forbidden. He plans to stay on task, but some women break a man, or tempt him to break the rules.


Can Eli keep Willow alive and safe from the vampires long enough for her to grow her own powers or will both cast aside rules for a reckless passion that will only lead to danger?


From the book:


Enlightened: The Oracle Chronicles Book 2

CHAPTER 17

Willow


The apartments they were shown to were nice and entirely furnished from Ikea. Each apartment had two bedrooms. Zoriana took the other bedroom in the apartment with Eli and Willow and the others shared the second apartment. Everyone was so tired after nearly two days of travel that they said quick goodbyes to Gamal and Anippe and made plans to contact them tomorrow.

Willow realized that if each apartment only had two bedrooms, Ulrik would be relegated to sleeping on the floor. When she stepped outside to knock and find out about the sleeping arrangements that’s when she saw Anippe and Ulrik down the hall. He had his arm slung over her shoulders. Guess she didn’t have to worry after all, he was definitely going to be well taken care of.

It was comforting to be in a new place and know you were in the company of people that sympathized with what you were going through, had walked a mile in your shoes. She hoped that the pair would have happiness even if it was only for a few stolen moments.

In the bedroom she was sharing with Eli, she found him stretched out on the bed, fully clothed and fast asleep. He hadn’t slept that well on the plane. She knew he was exhausted. She grabbed her bag and shut the door. It was the perfect time to read some of her mother’s letters. Zoriana had gone in her room and shut the door. She was sure she would not be interrupted by her. After she settled on the sofa, she pulled the bundle from her bag. The letter she’d been reading on the plane was the first one she opened.


May 23, 2002


Dear Willow,


I’ve been in Delphi for nearly two weeks

now. There has been so much to explore.

The plan was to go to Egypt before heading

back to the U.S., but I’m afraid that is no

longer an option. We’ll have to return

sooner than expected. Something is going

on, but I’m not exactly sure what. I

have a bad feeling. Maybe it’s just in

my head, but I can’t shake it. There’s

someone I want you to meet. I’m not

certain you’ll get the opportunity and that

makes me sad, because I think you’d like

him if you did. Continue to be good for

Teresa.


Love,


Mom


Many people would have ended the letter with a, ‘See you soon.’ Or ‘Until we see each other.’ Not her mother. She must have already known she would never see her again. Something in her chest hurt knowing her mother lived with the knowledge of when death would come for her. Everyone was going to die; most people didn’t know the how or the when. Her mother did. For a moment, she just sat there without moving as the light faded from the sky and night descended.

Despite knowing that death loomed, her mother still chose to fall in love. She wished she’d had more time in Greece to talk with Hadrian. Her mother really cared about him. She’d wanted the two of them to meet. That was a big deal. Maybe once all of this craziness was over they could sit down and get to know one another.


***


Someone shook her awake.

“Hmm.” She mumbled, still not sure what was a figment of her sleep addled brain or what was real.