Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes. I focus on delivering a smooth narrative that’s fluid and easy to follow, which allows the reader to easily slip into the story. I don’t want to send you looking for a dictionary every other page.
Do you write in different genres?
Not yet, but I will. My current series is epic fantasy with a contemporary twist, but my next series will range from urban fantasy to paranormal horror to even dystopian.
If yes which is your favorite genre to write?
I like to have an element of magic and the impossible in all of my work. It makes it more interesting, in my opinion, and I love to play with whimsy. If you want to see some photos that inspire me, check out my Pinterest boards. There’s a lot to choose from over there! Love that site.
How did you come up with the title for your latest book?
My most recent novel is Heritage, book 3 in the Grimoire Saga. Its original title was Origins because it outlines the secret past of my main character—one she didn’t even know she had. But quite a few people thought it was a prequel with a title like that, so I switched it up. My husband came up with Heritage, actually! He’s a talented guy.
Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?
I’m a plotter, so I have all the story and book titles mapped out ahead of time. It’s just how I work best.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Our world is beautiful, and I use real-life places, creatures, and people to inspire the magical locations and characters in my novels. I like to bring a bit of magic into the mundane, while simultaneously reminding readers that the Earth we already have is a gorgeous thing.
Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?
Like I said in the previous question, I like to base my fiction on real life. Usually, though, I don’t inspire characters from real people just because I don’t want them to think everything that character does reflects what I think of the real-life person. So I draw a lot of inspiration from images and day dreaming. If you want to see the images that inspire me, check out my characters and creatures boards on Pinterest.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes, actually. I’m honored enough to have many aspiring authors ask me for advice, and I pool all of that advice on my Writer’s Corner blog. I suggest writers check that out and subscribe for updated content. If you have questions that aren’t answered yet, feel free to ask in a comment on the site or by contacting me (look for the email icon in the top right corner of the site).
The Grimoire Saga
S. M. Boyce
S. M. Boyce
Publisher: Caffeinated Books Publishing
Date of Publication: November 5th, 2013
Number of pages: 260 print pages
Word Count: 83,000
Cover Artist: Heidi Sutherlin of My Creative Pursuits
Heritage is the third novel in the epic Grimoire Saga.
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.
About the Author:
S.M. Boyce is a fantasy and paranormal fiction novelist who also dabbles in contemporary fiction and comedy. Her B.A. in Creative Writing also qualifies her to serve you french fries. She updates her blog (smboyce.com) a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.
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