International Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.
S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.
Boyce also likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.
SEVEN SPOTLIGHT QUESTIONS:
#1: What do you enjoy the most about writing?
I love losing myself to magic and living in impossible worlds. The freedom to let my imagination free tugs on me daily! I love my job.
#2: What was your earliest writing experience?
When I was five, I entered a writing contest on my parents’ encouragement and wrote a short children’s book about a lonely pickle and her hunt for friends. I don’t remember how it ended, and that’s probably a pretty good thing—it’s kind of a morbid story when I reflect on it. I mean, the pickle had friends before. The jar didn’t come from the store with just her in it. So how my five-year-old brain rationalized personifying leftovers is beyond me. I’m sure you’ll be completely surprised to hear that I didn’t win the contest. [insert sarcastic laugh]
#3: Describe a day in your writing life:
I get up and go through my morning routine (workout, breakfast, laundry, exciting stuff like that). Before checking email or getting sucked into social media, though, I write for my day’s goal, usually 2-3 hours. After that, I read or get to work on my marketing, emails, and social media.
#4: What authors influenced you and how?
I particularly respect Mr. Neil Gaiman, who manages to keep in touch with his fans despite being a massive success. He’s able to connect with them and genuinely show he cares, which I admire. Besides, he’s a kickass author with a knack for darkly beautiful worlds.
#5: What are some things you learned to help with your success?
This is a toughie, but here are a few:
- Grow thick skin—you will never please everyone, and you’ll lose everything if you try. Just be honest and be true to yourself + your art.
- Experiment—make every book a lesson in something. Stretch yourself and grow. Experiment with characters, push the limits of your own comfort, and teach yourself something new with every story you write.
- Be imperfect—you must be open to experimenting and failing as an author, both in your stories and in your marketing. This is a rapidly growing, ever-changing world, and to keep up with it, you have to be willing to take a chance on something that doesn’t pay off.
#6: Describe your writing method:
Every book or series has a theme song. So when I’m ready to write or outline, I sit down and listen to that song. I’m instantly in the frame of mind needed to slip into that story’s universe, and it’s a fantastic jumpstart. Before I actually start writing the story I’ll do an outline and have the people I write for look it over. Then comes the first draft, rewrites, critiques from others, rewrites, professional copyediting, rewrites again and professional proofreading.
#7: Tips for aspiring writers:
Grow thick skin and prepare for rejection. Ours is a tough profession, but the passionate persevere and make it their lives. I keep a running blog just for writers like you, actually, with updates on news, advice, and industry trends. Check it out and subscribe if you want the latest advice I have to give.
About Lichgates, Book One of the Grimoire Saga:
Kara Magari is about to discover a beautiful world full of terrifying things: Ourea.
Kara, a college student still reeling from her mother’s recent death, has no idea the hidden world of Ourea even exists until a freak storm traps her in a sunken library. With nothing to do, she opens an ancient book of magic called the Grimoire and unwittingly becomes its master, which means Kara now wields the cursed book’s untamed power. Discovered by Ourea’s royalty, she becomes an unwilling pawn in a generations-old conflict – a war intensified by her arrival. In this world of chilling creatures and betrayal, Kara shouldn’t trust anyone… but she’s being hunted and can’t survive on her own. She drops her guard when Braeden, a native soldier with a dark secret, vows to keep her safe. And though she doesn’t know it, her growing attraction to him may just be her undoing.
For twelve years, Braeden Drakonin has lived a lie. The Grimoire is his one chance at redemption, and it lands in his lap when Kara Magari comes into his life. Though he begins to care for this human girl, there is something he wants more. He wants the Grimoire.
Welcome to Ourea, where only the cunning survive.
Buy Lichgates here:
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Books two and three of the Grimoire Saga are also available!
Treason (Book 2)
Kara Magari ignited a war when she stumbled into Ourea and found the Grimoire: a powerful artifact filled with secrets. To protect the one person she has left, she strikes a deal that goes against everything she believes in. At the last moment, everything falls apart… but Kara still has to pay the price.
Braeden Drakonin can no longer run from who–and what–he is. He has to face the facts. He’s a prince. He’s a murderer. He’s a wanted man. And after a betrayal that leaves him heartbroken, he’s out for blood.
To survive, both Kara and Braeden must become the evil each has grown to hate.
Buy Treason here:
Other(s): Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/treason-s-m-boyce/1114069696?ean=2940015595178&isbn=2940015595178
Heritage (Book 3):
Kara Magari isn’t normal, even by Ourea’s standards–and in a world of shape-shifters and soul stealers, that’s saying something. To the royalty, she’s a loose cannon. To the masses, she’s a failure. But Kara’s arrival in Ourea started a war, and she’s going to end it.
An ancient isen named Stone takes an interest in Kara’s training, and it turns out he has more answers than he originally led her to believe. In an effort to unearth a secret that might end the bloodshed, Kara instead discovers an ugly truth about her family–and how much she has in common with an infamous mass-murderer.
Braeden Drakonin has slowly rebuilt his life after the betrayal that tore it apart. His father wants him dead, and frankly, his so-called allies wouldn’t mind that either. Private alliances are formed. Secrets are sold. Tension is driving the armies apart. A single battle will end this war, and it’s coming. Braeden may be a prince, but it will take more than that to survive. He must take the fight to his father’s door–and win.
Buy Heritage here:
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