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23 Nov 2012

Indie book tour: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce

This post is part of an indie book tour for Lichgates by S.M. Boyce. Find the rest of the tour here. Look out for giveaway details at the bottom of the page.

Title: Lichgates
Author: S.M. Boyce
Genre: Fantasy and paranormal

1)      Tell me a little about your pen name.
I’ve actually used the pen name S. M. Boyce since I was in middle school. It’s always stuck with me. I started using Boyce once I’d actually published, since it’s the nickname I had through high school and, frankly, it’s also just easier to remember.

2)      You’ve tried many jobs before settling on being a writer. Do you think writing gets enough attention at school?
Every school is different, of course, but taking a look at internet forums and some blog comments makes you wonder. I think some people just take a very relaxed approach to writing, whereas others (like me) take it more seriously. I mean, words are my career.
I’m lucky in that I had fantastic English teachers throughout middle school, high school, and college. After that, I started reading the AP Style guide and taught myself proper copyediting. I think as long as the teachers encourage us to find our passions and show us where to start, they do their jobs—even if they don’t cover everything in intricate detail.

3)      Did you read the entertainment phenomenon that was Harry Potter? If so, what did you think? If not, what's wrong with you…
Ha! Yes, I read Harry Potter. I was a month younger than him, actually, and grew up reading the books. I went to every midnight opening after book 2. Honestly, my interest fizzled out around book 7 (I’m abnormal, I guess) but the series will always stick with me and inspire me…especially books 5 & 6. It’s a creative world with a lot of wit.

4)      Have you ever fallen asleep while writing?
I’ve come pretty close.  I write in all my spare time, so my eyes do tend to droop when I’m pushing myself too hard.

5)      What are some of the themes in your trilogy?
Whew, there are a lot. I like to write in layers, which means there’s depth to the story. There are themes, motifs, symbols…you name it. But if a reader just wants to enjoy a good story, that’s there, too. I always aim to entertain above all else.
So in Lichgates, you see the traditional coming of age as well as an argument for how to stand up for your beliefs. There’s also an underlying current of understanding and respecting other cultures, as well as questions about racial differences and where racism comes from. You see political tension and allegories to modern events. And in the sequel, Treason, all of that goes into hyperdrive. This is a rich series with a lot of deeper meaning hiding just beneath the surface.

6)      Have you always written in the paranormal fantasy genre? If you could write in another genre, what would it be?
I happen find the paranormal and magical more interesting than most other elements in fiction. That’s just personal preference, so I suspect most of my novels will have a paranormal element to them. My next series is going to be a fairytale for a new generation, and that one looks like it will be just as massive as the Grimoire Trilogy in terms of content. It’s still in the developmental stage, so I won’t say more just yet. Readers can follow my blog for more news on new releases.

7)      Where or when did your fascination with magic start?
Gosh…I don’t even know. I’ve always loved magic. I’ve loved the idea that anything is possible, that to call something impossible just means you haven’t figured out how it works yet. So I will probably always write about magic.

8)      What inspired you to make the pendants and journals from your story? I think it’s a cool idea.
Thanks! I love to bring the magic of a novel to life, and creating the Grimoire pendant featured in the Grimoire Trilogy was one of my first ideas after publication. I have an original, one I had custom made before I finished writing the Grimoire Trilogy. I wore it every day as a reminder to push through the difficulties of writing a book and to make my dream possible. So once I’d done it—one I’d published—I wanted to share that dream with my readers. And so far, the response has been great! If you want to check them out, you can head over to the store.

9)      If you could be a rain drop, where would you fall?
LOL. Didn’t see that question coming. I suppose I’d fall into a lake so that I could then evaporate and do it all again. Thanks for having me!

S. M. Boyce writes fantasy and paranormal fiction. She’s a sarcastic twit, but she still has friends because some people seem to like that. She loves to connect with readers and talk about life, so feel free to connect with her online or check out more about writing on her blog.

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  1. It's a pleasure Boyce.
    I hope it brings you lots of success!