Never Sets on
The Mystery of Rick Boyer
by Charles White
When you first walk into Rick Boyerís office, you see someone who enjoys his comfort. Instead of grading papers behind a stodgy desk, Boyer prefers to sink into an old Barca Lounger that oozes down-home personality. His manner is informal and he has a gift for casual talk. This is not your fatherís professor.
Boyer, a native of Evanston, Illinois, majored in English at Denison University and earned an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Iowa, studying under renowned sci-fi writer Kurt Vonnegut.
Boyer has taught high school, served as a college sales rep for Little, Brown & Co. and since 1988, taught English at Western Carolina University,
The author of over 20 fiction and nonfiction books, Boyer won the Edgar Allan Poe Award for his Doc Adams series. I sat down with Boyer to hear his thoughts about the world of mystery writing and the trends he sees with aspiring student writers.
Whatever his genre, Boyer knows the fundamentals of producing good, readable fiction. He encourages hard work from his students. Thereís no mystery about the road to success.