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.

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