Lichgates Blog Tour

     Hey everyone! The Kooky Bookworm welcomes you! And today we're participating in the Lichgates Tour! We have a handful of stuff for your guys today. How about we start with a guest post from the author of Lichgates!

Hey guys! I’m S. M. Boyce (call me Boyce)—fantasy author of the young adult Grimoire Saga. I’ve been invited over to chat about the “spark,” or what made me start writing.
If you’re also a writer, I’d love to hear your response in the comments—and if you’re strictly a devout bookworm, what got you into reading?
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]
Since then, I’ve continued to write and thankfully improved. I graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Creative Writing, and I’ve been lucky enough to edit manuscript after manuscript for my fellow authors.
I spent 7 years drafting the plot and world-building for my debut series, the Grimoire Saga. The first in the series, Lichgates, even hit the Kindle top 100, and I’ve since decided to make it free. If you enjoy adventure, sarcasm, strong heroes, and magic, you’ll probably really like Lichgates. The links are below if you want to give it a try.
So now it’s your turn. For all my writers out there, what got you writing? And for my bookworms, what got you into reading?

About Lichgates (Grimoire Saga #1)

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 no way out, 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.

About S. M. Boyce

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 likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.


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S. M. Boyce said...

Thanks for having me!


Anonymous said...

What got me into writing? That's a good question. I don't remember. However, I do recall one of my first writing assignments that I one a prize for. Oddly, it was not for English class, nor Creative Writing: It was for Science class. I think I was in the tenth grade (I was 15 for those not in the US). We received an illustration of the water cycle, and the teacher asked us to write a story, explaining the process.
I don't recall how it went, but I recall it ended with the hero, a droplet of water, being separated into oxygen and hydrogen in a experiment explaining yet another aspect of science.
I've not stopped scribbling since then, but only recently considered publishing.

Kacii said...

Awesome answer! And it was lovely having you, S.M.

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