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

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Swoon Author SM Koz: Marketing Practice Makes Almost-Perfect

Six months after publication of Love Me, Love Me Not, I decided I needed to get serious about marketing. Kelsey, my awesome publicist from Swoon Reads, did a great job around release time with a blog tour and getting important positive reviews, and that hype lasted a good few months, but as expected, it dwindled. So, being the Type A … Read More


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Monday, May 27th, 2019

Swoon Author SM Koz's Editing Update: A Whole New Experience

With my second Swoon Reads book coming out soon, I’ve spent some serious time reflecting on how different my experience was this time around. I came up with an entire page of ideas, but I won’t bore you by listing out all of those, especially some of the less noteworthy ones, like how binge-watching Judge Judy isn’t really great research … Read More


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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, an ex-Marine, inspiration … Read More


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Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Announcing RISKING IT ALL by SM Koz!

Hey Swoon Readers!It’s been a busy six months for me, writing and editing (and editing some more!) my latest book. It’s a fun YA romance that takes place in a tranquil mountain setting with characters who are anything but tranquil. Here’s the quick synopsis:Paige knows exactly what she wants—to graduate from Wallingford Academy and become a pilot in the US … 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 drop-off of the … Read More


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