First off, let me start by thanking our wonderful host for having me here today. I’m S.J. McMillan, author of City of the Gods: The Descendant. I live in Southwest Missouri with my awesome hubby and our three equally awesome kids. Laurie provided me with a list of questions and allowed me to pick and choose which ones I would like to answer. I went with questions I don’t normally get asked. Let’s get this party started!
Welcome! I so excited to have this opportunity to find out a little about you. Thanks for stopping by today. What was your first sale as an author?
My boss bought the first two print copies of my book. Awesome boss, right? Ever since he found out I am an author, he and his family have been really supportive. His daughter was actually one of the first people to read The Descendant.
When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?
Now even though I have a great boss, I would love nothing more than to spend my days at home writing. Bills must be paid though. But since I have such a great boss, he is fine with me writing on the job, as long as I get my work done beforehand. So I try to get some writing done on slow afternoons at work. I also write at home after the kids go to bed. I never write less than an hour, and sometimes I can write all day if the creative juices are flowing.
What do your hubby and family think of your writing? Do they read your stuff?
At first I think everyone was speculative about me writing a book. Honestly, it took me forever to write it, so I don’t really blame them. Once it was finished and I found a publishing house to take it on, they were on board on support train. My hubby has been great through the whole process and helped me out far more than he will ever take credit for or allow me to give him. My kids think it is cool that their mom has written a book.
My kids are a smidge too young to read The Descendant right now, but if they want to in the future I’m totally fine with that. The hubster, on the other hand, is not a reader. I have been known to sit him down and read things I’ve written to get his opinion though. He’ll tell me whether it’s good or completely sucks.
Do you hear from readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?
I love hearing from readers! It’s so exciting for me to hear what people think of my book, whether they love it or not. I request pictures of readers with their copy of The Descendant so I can put them on my Facebook page and my website.
I get a lot of comments from my readers, basically telling me what they thought of the book. So far most of the comments have been really nice. As far as questions go, I get asked a lot when the next book is coming out. Right now, City of the Gods: The Betrayal (book 2), is in the hands of my editor. I’m hoping to have it published in 2013. Another question I was recently asked is why there is a dragon on the cover, since there isn’t a dragon in the story. I want to go ahead and clear that up now. The serpent on the cover is how the God from the ancient city in the book was depicted.
What are your favorite TV shows?
I have so many favorites it’s ridiculous. Thank goodness for DVR. I have to list them by the night they are on so I don’t miss any of them. Monday nights, I only watch Castle. I don’t watch anything on Tuesday night. Wednesday night is a full night, starting with Supernatural, then American Horror Story, and ending with Ghost Hunters. Thursday night I watch Vampire Diaries, Person of Interest, and Elementary. Friday nights I watch Grimm. During the summer the only show I watch is So You Think You Can Dance.
Entice us, what future projects are you considering?
Well for starters, I just wrote my first romance. It’s a short holiday story and was included in the anthology, The Naughty List, which came out December 24, 2012. I also wrote a paranormal short story that will be included in the Dark Light 3 anthology from Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing.
I’m currently working on the third and final book for the City of the Gods trilogy. After that I have another fantasy/paranormal book outlined that the hubster is anxiously awaiting to help me with. I have some other ideas buzzing around in my head, but for now they are just ideas.
Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?
I’m sure all of them have in some way or another. Katalina, the main character in The Descendant, is most like me. She has a serious side, but she also likes to have a good time. Vivian is more the playful side of me, while Sabine is the more serious side of me. The male characters in my book are in some ways modeled after the hubster, you know, handsome, rugged, and at time a real pain in the tushie.
Do you have a website or blog?
I most certainly do. My website has all sorts of things on it, such as reader pictures, book trailers, past interviews, coming soon news, the list goes on and on. www.mcmillansj.com
I also have a blog, but it’s more of a hobby. I post funny stories of the things my kids say and do. I haven’t posted anything in a couple of months, but I love going to it and reading their shenanigans.
I have a Facebook page and Twitter account as well if you’re interested in those. Facebook is where you’ll find me the most. I post there at least once a day, sometimes more. www.facebook.com/mcmillansj. I post on Twitter daily as well. www.twitter.com/mcmillansj.
City of the Gods: The Descendant
In 700 A.D. Teotihuacan, Mexico, the High Priest believed himself to be a powerful as the gods. He set a plague on the city as a demonstration of his power. The Gods took pity on the remaining loyal congregation. They granted each survivor immortality and an extraordinary ability. Three loyal survivors were given a mission of great importance: train the lone human descendant of their civilization to stop the evil priest from damning the rest of humanity.
Now in San Diego, California, the time has come to finally make Katalina Deckard aware of her destiny. Her life has been a constant struggle since the loss of her parents when she was young. These struggles have made her a fighter, but she doesn’t believe they have prepared her to save the world. Her friends, who have survived for so long, must convince her that she has what it takes to accept the mantle of the Redeemer.
Release Date: November 16th, 2012
Genre: Urban fantasy
“Who did this?” Tristan asked quietly, almost more to himself than to Kat.
“Probably that bastard Ryan. He is going to pay for every last thing he demolished,” Kat replied, assuming Tristan was speaking about the chaos throughout the rest of the house. She stepped forward and looked around the room once more. It was then that she noticed the black flowers sitting on her dresser. Kat walked over and pulled the small white card from them. She opened the envelope to reveal a card with a beautiful picture of the same flower in white. Tristan came to stand behind her as she opened the card. It was a simple message, but one she would not soon forget.
I am coming for you.
Tristan plucked the card from her hand and reread it. Kat stood frozen in place, shocked and confused. Her mind raced with unanswerable questions. Who was coming for her? What did they want from her? Was this actually some sick joke Ryan was playing or was someone really coming to get her? Her stomach churned and her head began to pound. She doubled over in pain while fear of the unknown trespasser flooded her brain. It was all too overwhelming.
Kat hugged her arms around her stomach. Her legs gave out and she fell to her knees on the floor. A cold sweat broke on her forehead. Kat was almost glad when black spots started to swim in her vision. She tried to ask Tristan for help, but she could not find her voice. Dizziness engulfed her, and she felt herself begin to fall the rest of the way to the floor. Tristan caught her just before her head and the floor collided. She could barely hear his concerned voice calling her name as the blackness surrounded her.
“Katalina, open your eyes.” Tristan shook her a bit, hoping she would regain consciousness. Sabine and Vivian had heard the commotion, rushed into the room, and directly to Kat’s side. To Tristan’s great relief, Katalina’s eyes opened a crack, enough to see the intensely harsh gaze she gave him. Tristan looked to the girls, who looked equally surprised by her reaction.
“Katalina?” Tristan questioned.
“Leave her alone,” Katalina responded and her nearly black eyes closed once again.
I live in Southwest Missouri with my super supportive husband and our three energetic young rascals. I work as an administrative assistant during the week. Now I get to add published author to my list of roles I play in life.
Being an author was not my first career choice. In my younger years I wanted to be a dancer, but dance lessons are expensive! I also wanted to be Dolly Parton from The Best Little Whore House in Texas. I could really belt out Itty Bitty Piss Ant Country Place, just ask my parents, or their former neighbors.
After a slew of other interesting job choices, I just could not shake the writing bug I picked up in high school. I started writing poetry and still write a poem whenever inspiration hits me. I also love to read, especially paranormal romances and urban fantasies. The love of reading is what spawned the desire to try my hand at writing a novel of my very own.
I love creating the characters and giving them their own personalities and voices. I have also come to enjoy writing fight scenes. My husband (the wonderful man that he is) will act them out with me so I know exactly how I need to show it to the audience. Call us crazy if you like, but it's really fun to act out a scene using a broom handle as a spear and a foam baseball bat as an axe.
I hope you enjoy City of the Gods: The Descendant. The second book of the trilogy is being edited and I’m working on the third and final book now. I love to hear from fellow authors and readers. You can find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mcmillansj, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mcmillansj, or swing by my website at www.mcmillansj.com.
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