Raven Boyne

Fiction | Cleveland State University | Class of 2024

Jaded and traumatized after the death of his younger sister Vera on the battlefield, Diavel has long abandoned Gallowsville and the Legion of the Black Cross, the rebel militia battling against the tyranny of the Queen and her religious reign, in favor of a quiet, civilian life in Westbrook. There, no one knows him or what he’s done in the name of duty, but the past can never stay truly dead and the unexpected return of an old enemy threatens more than Diavel’s stability. It takes little time for the wicked truth to reveal itself, and try as he might, Diavel cannot deny the Queen’s forces are coming to Westbrook - or the call to arms from the very Legion he deserted in their weakest hour.


About Raven

Raven Boyne is a writer local to Cleveland, Ohio. She writes fiction—and perhaps the occasional short play when inspired. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Cleveland State University in 2017. She waited until 2020 before starting her NEOMFA studies, deciding to pursue her passion for writing after working for several years as a dietary aid at retirement home. 

She is the co-founder and fiction editor for Blackbriar Review. She loves music as much as she does writing and recently took up playing the guitar. She isn’t good at it yet, and while music school definitely isn’t in her future, she still has dreams of playing on stage one day—and visiting Edgar Allan Poe’s grave too.

What’s on your nightstand right now?

Several guitar picks, a toy mouse my cat decided to discard, a giant piece of kyanite shaped like a raven’s wing (my sister got it for me), and a leatherette journal.

Your favorite place to write while in the NEOMFA?

My writing desk. It’s in a little corner near a window, facing the woods.

Do you have any eccentric habits/strategies to get you started writing? What are they?

I wouldn’t necessarily call this eccentric, but it is a necessary habit. Before I write, I always have to find a song that reflects the mood of whatever I’m working on and then keep it playing on repeat while I write. It helps me ‘get into character’’. It’s taken me to some very dark places, real and imagined, but it works every time.