SM Koz

Pinehurst, NC

Reader & Writer


SM Koz was born in Michigan, but moved to North Carolina for college and never left.

She enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, photography, reading, spending time with foster kids who call her house home, and learning new things. When she’s not creating online training for pharmaceutical companies (her day job) or writing, Koz can be found at the local community college taking courses on various topics ranging from digital art to HTML to desktop publishing.

SM Koz has written six novels. Although her stories differ by genre, ranging from contemporary realism to sci-fi to fanfiction, two things they all have in common are a young or new adult focus and romance. If you'd like to learn more about SM Koz, check her out on social media.

Favorite Books

Twilight Saga, Hunger Games Trilogy, Vampire Academy Series, Stephanie Plum Series, Kay Scarpetta Series, anything by Robin Cook or Dean Koontz

Favorite Quotes

"All we see or seem is but a dream within a dream." - Poe

Favorite Genres

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Swoon Author SM Koz's First Draft Report: A New Way to Build a Book

When brainstorming ideas for my second Swoon Reads book, I knew I wanted two characters who couldn’t be more different. I went through a few options—religious person vs. atheist, athlete vs. clumsy book nerd, elite private school student vs inner city school student—but none of those got me excited. Then one day while talking to my dad ... Read More


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Friday, July 6th, 2018

Swoon Author SM Koz: Taking Control of the Writing Life

I asked my five-year-old what I should write about for this blog post and his answer was immediate: Unicorns. Specifically, how their horns are made. While that could make for a fun fantasy read about the prehistoric narwhal-meets-thoroughbred ancestor, I’m not sure it’s appropriate for this blog.Of course, talking to him while I was doing my third ... Read More


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Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Swoon Author SM Koz: So Much More Than Amazing

With release of my first traditionally published book Love Me, Love Me Not, I’ve had countless people ask me how it feels. My answer is always the same: It feels amazing! But what does that really mean? I hate the word amazing because I feel it’s overused these days and way too generic. Which raises the question: Why ... Read More


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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Swoon Author SM Koz's Editing Update: Embrace the Delete Button

I should start by pointing out that I know I’m an oddball when it comes to editing. I actually really enjoy editing, almost as much as writing a first draft. I love that the characters and plot are mostly fleshed out. I love that any changes simply make the story stronger. I love that you see the beginning and ... Read More


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