S.J. Magill


S.J. Magill is a writer of comedy/fantasy. His books have been read by literally DOZENS of people worldwide - some of whom he doesn't even know!

S.J. lives in Scotland where he works as a lawyer. In the five minutes of free time he has most days, he tries to fit in some writing.

The Werechicken is S.J's first novel-length work, and it is frankly excellent. It is set on the fictional world of Terra, where there are wizards, weres, teleporters, telepaths, and other races who want absolutely nothing to do with each other. Other works from Terra include The Head Vampire, Manic Snake Venom, The Battlemage, Love and Lycanthrope, The Alchemist and the Wizard and Licking Walls in the Dark.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The joy of writing for me is in putting the crazy scenarios - that I daydream - onto paper and making them real. I spend a lot of my day thinking about wizards, knights, and other fantasy-type things. Some ideas I like, but then forget about them completely, but if I write them down, they can exist forever. Some of the ideas are just little snippets of a story, and go nowhere, but some take on a life of their own. Take The Werechicken for example: that started existence as a thought - 'what if one of these superhero movies/books/comics started off with a person discovering their superpower, but then that superpower was rubbish. That would be funny.' So I wrote it down, as a funny little short story, but then it just kept going and going. I love my character, Frank, and I keep thinking of new ways to torture him.
What do your fans mean to you?
I greatly appreciate that someone has taken the time to read my work - as an unknown author - because when it comes to unknown authors, people are taking a chance. There is no-longer anything stopping a person from publishing their own writing, which means that of course, there will be some total rubbish out there. Reading a book takes many hours, and books aren't free. Every time someone starts a book they're making a time investment into the book. I believe most readers would rather read someone with a track-record, or someone who has the backing of a major publishing house, rather than take a chance on an indie author who might be writing complete garbage. I'm thankful that there are people out there who give my work a chance, and end up being glad that they did.
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Where to find S.J. Magill online


The Alchemist and the Wizard
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,620. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
An alchemist formulates a plan to drive out of town a flash wizard who has been upstaging him.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,430. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Worm, a former lawyer turned demon, must return to university to re-earn his law degree. The law has changed in the 200 years since he was last in practice, but before he can even think about sitting his exams he must overcome the more pertinent problem of having no money to pay his tuition.
Price: Free! Words: 2,170. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Courtroom
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
A student, in an act of desperation, calls on a demon of questionable competence for assistance.
Licking Walls in the Dark
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,300. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Pon, a miner dwarf, makes a huge discovery that may earn him his freedom from a life of servitude underground. Matters are complicated when Pon learns a secret about dwarf society that he could be killed for knowing.
The Werechicken
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 98,960. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
A hapless young man discovers that he has the ability to turn himself into a chicken. He is not thrilled about his newfound supernatural ability, but an odd coincidence forces him into partnership with a young, but powerful and beautiful, wizardess who is bent on revenge against the wizard who murdered her mentor.

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