Interview with A. J. McMillan

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
First, coffee. That's the start of my morning ritual usually, and when I'm laying in bed trying to decide if I'm going to sleep in or not, the idea of coffee is really what gets me up and going. Shortly after, I start writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like being outdoors a lot, but honestly most of my free time is spent enjoying other people's writing, either through TV or books or video games or movies or podcasts. I feel like there's just so much out there and I don't have nearly enough time to ingest it all!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I check out a lot of the forums on Reddit, and I generally take a peek at the sale books and free promo offers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Ugh, unfortunately, I do...
What is your writing process?
It's important for me to get to it early in the day. Everyone wants to do things later in the day so the morning is a good creative time for me, especially right in that spacey morning dreaminess that can happen. I also need music to be playing, but nothing that's too lyric heavy or it comes through in my work.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything sci-fi really, and I do dig some of the comedic fantasy that's out there. I specifically like anything that has a good world and makes us ask questions about ourselves that we've never asked before. Like, can a robot have a soul, or what would happen if you went back in time to kill yourself? I love that kind of stuff
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my smartphone, but with a few different apps. Variety is the spice of life.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, mostly in forested areas, and I think this came through in my writing pretty clearly. I love writing about trees.
When did you first start writing?
At about twelve or so, when I first played FInal Fantasy VII. I never had imagined that games could be as well written as books or movies, and I decided that I wanted to do that. The more I learned about computer programming, the more I decided to write novels instead.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As the world has changed over the years, the entertainment industry has changed as well. Anymore, if you can reach the people and your work is truly high quality, then theres nothing to stop your books from being virally successful in the modern market. The playing field has been leveled, and that is a bad thing for low quality franchises that might be swallowed by the torrent of average work, but for the best novels and authors of this generation, the independant publishing model offers an opportunity to do things on their own terms, and in the end, the result will be even better books that fit more with author's original ideas, and sales that send more money directly to the creator of the work. That's good for everyone.
Published 2014-06-10.
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