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When S. M. Boyce graduated with a degree in creative writing, she realized that made her well-qualified for serving French fries. It would take years of writing hundreds of thousands of words of all kinds before she became the fantasy and horror novelist she is today.
Boyce is known for action-packed epic fantasy, powerful heroes, and riveting magical stories filled with twists and intrigue. And, of course, a bit of humor sprinkled through it all. Prepare to get lost in the journey.
S. M. Boyce is a pseudonym I’ve had since middle school. I’m really Sarah Michelle Boyce, but the nickname “Boyce” suits me fine. It’s my writing hat. My creative hat. My it’s-totally-legal-to-kill-this-person-because-he’s-fictional hat.
(GASP did she just tell us her real name?!)
Some readers call me Sarah, but I prefer Boyce. So, you know, 10 internet points if you do it right.
I’ve thought long and hard about what to share with you here. For the longest time, I was floored and flattered that people want to know anything at all about me.
I like lists, so hey. Let’s try a list in timeline format.
When I was 16
When I was 21
When I was 23
When I was 24
When I was 25
When I was 26
When I was 27
In the years that have followed, I’ve explored, screwed up, learned, succeeded, tried new genres, ghostwritten, started new pen names, and connected with hundreds of fellow authors the world over to hone my skill.
I consider myself a lifelong learner, and the beauty of writing is that there’s always room to grow. Though I’m proud of my abilities, I know there are always more techniques to learn, more people to meet, more readers to speak to, and more connections to be made.
The only failure is in giving up entirely, and thus every mistake has brought me here, to where I am. As I look at this new chapter in my writing career, I’m excited to see what I discover.
And, of course, who I get to meet.
As a fiction novelist, I plant seeds. That’s my job. These seeds are subtle, almost invisible when you read the story, and they grow slowly over time. The themes of self-reflection, connection, heart, bravery, self-discovery, and more in my novels… all of those blossom through the months and years that follow finishing a novel.
It’s a blessing to see something click for someone, when they realize years later that a certain scene or character taught them how to interact with people, how to solve problems, how to think critically, or how to grow as a human.
That’s a gift. It’s why I do what I do.
An author’s job is to plant seeds, to ignite growth and self-discovery and connection, all through the stories they tell.
I’m glad you’re here. I look forward to the magic we’ll create together.
On a more lighthearted note…
I’ve watched Futurama more times than I can count, and my husband thinks I’ve watched it more than the creators of the show. Which… not necessarily a bragging right, but we’re friends here.
My favorite authors are Neil Gaiman, JRR Tolkien, George RR Martin, and JK Rowling. Coraline is probably my favorite book, though that’s a bit like choosing a favorite child. Or so I’m told, anyway, because I don’t have kids.
I enjoy cartoons, animated movies, board games, oreoes, and woo-woo things like crystals and tarot cards.
I make shit up for a living, and I love every second of it. This writing life of mine has been a roller coaster, and half of it is liquor and guessing. My writing career has been a well-researched experiment peppered with “why the fuck not?” moments, and that approach has led me to some of the best decisions of my life.
For instance, my epic fantasy adventure series, the Grimoire Saga is self-published, as is my horror series To Each His Ghost. I don’t know if you know much about the self-publishing revolution, but it’s amazing. I researched successful self-published authors (aka indies) like Joe Konrath and Amanda Hocking before taking the plunge, and it’s given me the chance to write full time. It’s pretty damn fabulous.
My goal? Write unforgettable, haunting stories that steal you away from the world and reveal to you your own hidden power and greatness.
I’ll see you around. Don’t be a stranger.
Author S. M. Boyce
Want to connect? Cool beans. Send me a message on Facebook or check out my online platforms.
Note: please do not send requests to join blog tours. I love to help other authors, but at the moment my schedule is crazy full. Thanks for understanding.
Quotes from Boyce's
“Bourdain somehow found time and space for an actual human moment with every person who ever cooked him a meal or even interrupted one to ask for a selfie.”
Belief in the Greater Good
“Fundamentally, we are a resilient and strong and resourceful nation that has oftentimes overcome our worst tendencies — ‘‘overcome’’ is probably too strong a word. But our biggest problem as humans is ignorance, not malevolence. Ignorance is an entirely curable disease… You need to talk to people. Ignorance is often cured by experience, by spending time with what you don’t understand… In the same way that Trump’s recklessness is born out of experience, so is my optimism, because good people outweigh [expletive] people. By a long shot.”
Creativity & Imagination
“Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art.”
Humor & Honesty
“The only reason people want to hear from people like me is because you trust me. You don’t expect me to be perfect. But I don’t lie to you. I’m just a guy and I don’t lie to you.”