Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Can you believe we’re in June already? This year’s flying by! Today is a two-fer shot thanks to some scheduling issues that cropped up. First up is SJ McMillan. Let’s go!
I started writing poetry in high school as a way to express myself. I love writing poetry. For me it’s a way to get my creative juices flowing. I still write poetry to this day. I even had a few published. I didn’t start trying to write a novel until a few years later, and didn’t take it serious at all. It was just something to do in my spare time. When I finally finished the first, very rough draft of The Descendent, I thought, ‘Maybe I can actually do this’.
I have lots of responsibilities I have to tend to on a daily basis. I’m a wife and mother, and have a full time job as an administrative assistant during the week. My plate is always full with work, kids homework, housework, making sure I’m spending time with my family, and of course, writing. Luckily I have very supportive group of people surrounding me who are willing to jump in and give me a hand when I need it. They don’t wait for me to tell them I’m drowning, because if they did wait, it would never happen. My boss allows me to work on my books on the clock, as long as I get my work done first. (I have such an awesome boss). My husband is more than happy to help me if I’m struggling on a particular scene in a book. He is also a great cook, a skill which I lack, so he get the privilege of making dinner. Things like that help keep me sane with the craziness that tries on a daily basis to pull me under.
I like urban fantasy, as opposed to sci-fi, because to me it is a bit more believable. It is based in contemporary times, and while it contains supernatural elements, there is no need for little green Martians to be running rampant in the story. It’s easier for me to write something about something that already has pre-set rules. Here on Earth and in the present, I know the rules. I know the limitations. Being able to create a world, with its own language, and its own rules, is a little beyond my reach right now. Maybe one day I will be able to create my own race, with its own set of problems, but for now I’m content with the genre I write in.
I’m loving the steampunk genre, so I may have to try that someday. I just have to come up with a story idea to do it. Once the City of the Gods trilogy is done, I have a story idea that rides the line of paranormal and urban fantasy. I also have plans for writing a humorous fiction series. So, yes, one day I will venture out of my comfortable urban fantasy world, but it will be a few years from now.
Both food and personality wise I have to go with sweet. Sour foods make me pucker in a totally unsexy way. I look downright scary. I just don’t have the taste buds for it. Sour people are just no fun to be around. I want to hang out with people who are happy.
Hello, my name is Samantha and I’m a chocoholic. Yep, chocolate all the way for this lady. (TM – oh heck yeah. I so get the “I’m a chocoholic” thing)
I hope you enjoy City of the Gods: The Descendant. I am working on the follow up book now. I love to hear from other authors and readers. You can find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/McMillanSJ, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/McMillanSJ, or check out my awesome new website at www.mcmillansj.com.