S.M. Boyce, Author of the Grimoire Saga by Kayla Curry
I met S. M. Boyce online through Twitter and I quickly
realized that not only was she talented, she was also kind and
funny. Her debut novel,
was a semi-finalist in The Kindle Book Reviews Best
Indie Books of 2012, and won the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s
Choice Award for Best Fantasy Novel in July 2012.
Boyce has a B. A. in Creative Writing and has put it to
good use. The highly anticipated
the second book in the Grimoire Trilogy, was
released on October 27, 2012 and she is hard at work on the third
Treason is also on a blog tour right now until December
31st. During the tour, Boyce will be giving away $500 worth of
prizes, so be sure to check that out. You can get the tour
Luckily, Boyce agreed to an interview even though she is
extremely busy. So, here are her thoughts on writing, publishing
and marketing, for your reading pleasure:
[FFM] What inspired you to write your first book?
[SMB] Years of daydreaming and asking “What if?” I draw
inspiration from everything in my life, and the Grimoire Trilogy
was a fleeting idea that snowballed into something truly
[FFM] Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your
first book published?
[SMB] There are quite a lot of challenges facing new
authors, especially nowadays. Between choosing whether to go
indie or traditional and trying to dodge all the scammers along
the way, it’s hard to know what to do. That’s why I
Boyce’s Guide to
. It’s a blog I update weekly with tips, tricks, and
discussions on new developments in the industry. Feel free to go
check it out and subscribe—it’ll always be free.
[FFM] How do you market your work? What avenues have you
found to work best for your genre?
[SMB] Again, a lot of my marketing tips and discoveries are
Boyce’s Guide to
. However, I can tell you now that Twitter has been vastly
helpful. It’s such an easy way to connect with readers, engage
with fans, and network with new authors. I’ve made a ton of sales
thanks to Twitter, and I definitely recommend authors build a
presence on the social networking site. Feel free to
and tweet me a hello.
[FFM] Who designed the covers?
[SMB] A friend of mine, Rob Meridy. However, he’s not for
hire at the moment (Mwuahahaha he’s mine). He does this for fun.
If you want to take a look at his other work, you can check out
[FFM] Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
[SMB] Sure thing.
the last in the Grimoire Trilogy, comes out next Fall. I’m
making great progress on it, and that should be right on time.
Each year after, I’ll release a novel with the backstory on side
characters like Stone, Deidre, and the first Vagabond. Down the
line, I even plan to release a print copy of the
of the world. So
follow my blog
and stay tuned!
I’m also going to release the first book in a new series
next fall, just before
If you’d like to get updates on this new series, make sure
follow my bookworms-only
up for ARCs of all
my future works
[FFM] Are there any new authors that have grasped your
[SMB] Definitely. Both
are talented authors who don’t get enough recognition
for their great work. You should definitely check out their
[FFM] Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
[SMB] My biggest advice is twofold: get an editor and
develop thick skin. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been
writing or how good you think you are—everyone needs an editor.
Find someone who works with you and challenges what you know, and
swap services if they’re a bit pricey.
Make sure you check out
Boyce’s Guide to
[FFM] Do you have anything specific that you want to say to
[SMB] Thank you for everything. Your reviews, fan letters,
blog comments, and feedback are invaluable. You remind me to stay
positive when things get rough, and I can’t thank you enough for
that. Stay awesome!
Here are some Links to Boyce and her Books:
Barnes & Noble