Blog Hop!

A few weeks ago I was asked to participate in a blog hop by the lovely and talented A.M. Buxton. A blog hop bounces from author to author and grills us on a few questions. So, lets get down to business, shall we…

 

What are you working on right now?

I have several projects going at the moment. I’m working on the final book for my City of the Gods trilogy. I’m about a third of the way through it. I also have a short romance I’m writing. Once it is finished I plan to self publish it. It will be my first encounter with self publishing. I’m really excited about it. And last, but certainly not least, I’m working a children’s book about my childhood cat. I’m working with a very talented illustrator on it, so I’ll let you know when to keep your eyes peeled for its release.

 

How do these projects differ from the other works in their genres?

City of the Gods is a trilogy. It follows a group of people as they try to bring down an evil priest. They have powers and immortality, but they also have a direct line to their Gods. They also live fairly normal lives. There aren’t any vampires or werewolves (not hating on them, because I love those kinds of books).

I started writing the short romance for a friend of mine. She came up with the character names, I came up with the story line. She is anxiously waiting for me to finish the story.

I’ve been wanting to write a children’s book for a while, but never knew what to write about. Then my dad turns to me one day and says he is surprised that I haven’t written a book about my childhood cat Scooter. I was like, ‘You are absolutely right Dad. I should write about Scooter.’ I loved that cat to pieces. Unfortunately Scooter is no longer with us, but will live on the kids books I write about him.

 

Why do you write what you do?

Because I’m pretty sure I would suck at writing anything else, especially anything historical. One day I may branch out of my comfort zone and try something different, but for now I like writing urban fantasy, romance, and kids books. 

 

What’s the hardest part about writing?

For me, it’s finding the time to write when I have the inspiration to write. Most of the time inspiration hits me in the middle of the night. That was fine when I was younger, didn’t have to be at work in the morning, and didn’t have kids to get up and out the door. Now I make myself write in the afternoons if I don’t have something else to attend to, or after the kids go to bed. One day I’ll be able to go back to writing until the wee hours of the morning, but for now I’m content to spend time with my family and write when I find the time.

And there you have it. My little stop on this blog hop has come to an end. Unfortunately, my part ends here. I couldn’t find another blogger to volunteer for the hop, but you can go back and check out some of the other authors that were involved. Here are just a few:

A.M. Buxton

Tierney James http://www.ptierneyjames.blogspot.com/

Susan Keene http://www.musingsbysusankeene.blogspot.com/  (I just reviewed Susan’s children’s book too.)

Thanks for stopping by and checking in. While you’re here take a look back at the previous posts. You might be glad you did.

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Friday Fake! (I missed posting this Friday. My Bad!)

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Ryan Reynolds, star of R.I.P.D., voice of Turbo, & numerous other awesome movies, was melancholy after finishing City of the Gods: The Descendant.

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But instead of wallowing in that sadness, he went on a late night talk show and told the audience how terrific the book was and how people everywhere should be reading it 😉

 

That would be epic…if it were true!

Here’s a Fun Story…

Today’s Friday Fun story is brought to you by Super. He seems to be the one that always has something to say, good or bad, funny or not. Well today’s story had Clyde and I in fits of hysterical laughter just a few days ago.

Back in April, we bought a house. Even though we love it, there are things that need to be done to truly make it feel like home. In our case, its making the garage our kitchen/laundry room and tearing down the wall between the current kitchen and living room, to make the living room bigger.

Anyway, as Clyde and I were in the garage discussing the next step in our home renovation, Sassy comes running in, eager to tell on Super for eating some candy before dinner.

“Mom, Super’s eating your lollipop!”

“I didn’t have a lollipop. Do you mean he’s eating a popsicle?” I asked because she is constantly getting the two confused.

“No, he’s eating your lollipop! Look!”

(This is the part of the story where kids will need to back away slowly from the computer, cover their eyes so they can’t read, and cover their ears as well just to be on the safe side).

I didn’t have to go anywhere. Super came out to the garage, holding the rainbow striped penis shaped lollipop a friend had given me as a gag gift. I’m pretty sure my eyes were about to pop out of their sockets as I glance at Clyde in horror.  The top part of the lollipop was already gone, leaving two round circles at the bottom of a short…shaft…Clyde had a huge grin on his face.

“Super! Where did you get that!?” I asked.

“In the drawer over there,” he said as he shrugged, pointed to the drawer, and licked the lollipop. Clyde and I both lost it as that point. If the floor was more than just plywood, I’m sure we would have literally been rolling on the floor, laughing our butts off.

“Super, what shape is that lollipop your eating?” Clyde just had to ask.

“It’s a nose. See?” He held it up to his face, over his own nose, and again, peels of laughter escaped Clyde and I.

I just let him finish the candy after that…

 

So there’s your story for this Friday. Yep, this is my family. The names may not be real, but the stories are.

10 Random Facts about your Awesome Blog Host

Most, if not all you wonderful readers, don’t know me from any other author. So sit back, relax, and hopefully enjoy the randomness you are about to read through.
1. My favorite words are awesome and shiznit. If I say something is awesome or the shiznit, that’s as good as it gets. It is my epitome of epic.
2. I don’t know my natural hair color. I started dying my hair in high school when someone said it looked like my hair was grey. I’ve been a blonde, a red head, and a brunette. I’m working up the courage to try an awesomely funky color like blue, pink, or purple.
3. I bite my nails, just so I can wear those fake nails with all the awesome designs on them. They are the shiznit!
4. I love wearing glasses. They hide the bags under my eyes from lack of sleep and age.
5. I’m a lefty! Southpaws are awesome!
6. I have conversations with myself. I’ve gotten into arguments with myself. And I’ve stopped talking to myself, but I always forgive myself, and the makeup sex is the shiznit!
7. I have a big smile…and big teeth…and big eyes…why didn’t the bigness drop down to my chesticles?
8. I’ve been married to my hubster for 14 years, 93 days, 21 hours, 19 minutes, and 12 seconds…but who’s counting?
9. I have 3 awesome kids who are good looking, entertaining, and way smarter than me. Just ask them…
10. I like lists…reading them, writing them, doing the things on them, etc.

And there you have it, 10 random factiods about SJ McMillan. I hope you enjoyed them. If you want to learn more about me and all my randomness I invite you to ‘like’ my author page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/mcmillansj, follow me on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/mcmillansj, and check out my website at http://www.mcmillansj.com.