The Wild Expanse: The Wild Isles #TheWildExpanse – J. Mills @AuthorJMills , an #Interview #QandA

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Today I’m not on a blogtour, but doing my own interview with J. Mills, author of ‘The Wild Expanse’, to promote his book!
Before I let you read my Q&As, I’ll first post some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

J. Mills is the author of The Wild Expanse. A stay-at-homedad by day, novelist by night, he studied business administration at Columbia Southern University and Intelligence Operations Studies at Cochise College. He is a disabled combatveteran who served 13 years in the United States Army as a Multiple Launch Rocket Systems crewmember and a Human Intelligence Collector where he has several published intelligence reports throughout the Intel Community. A Chicago native, he is a lover of coffee, naps, the Blackhawks, and an advocate for children with special needs, currently residing in South Carolina. He loves spending time with his wife and children.

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Synopsis :

Josef was a Soldier with unwavering moral character who lived his life as a citizen patriot of the Roman Empire –
Until one day all he had ever known was torn away by the hands of an unrelenting Sea.
Ripped from the world he knew only to be left stranded on the shores of a Land veiled in mystery, and magic; filled with unimaginable adventure.

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Q&A :

Hi

First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
I am a 36-year-old happily married father of four. I am disabled combat veteran with just shy of 14 years active federal service. While serving I was a multiple launch rocket systems crewmember for the start but then later changed my MOS to Human Intelligence Collector (Interrogator).
I started writing poetry and short stories early on when I was in 4th and 5th grade. Much of my writing was influenced by Tolkien, Dungeons and Dragons, and the Beatles. My passion when I was younger was always music.
After I was medically discharged from the Army I began going through my bucket list. Number 184 was “write a book” and number 185 was “become a published author.” Both of these things were marked off my bucket list early in 2020 with my debut novel, “The Wild Expanse.”

Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
Growing up I read a lot of books on different cultures and civilizations. When I was in 3rd grade I was introduced to “The Boxcar Children” which I loved. My greatest love for books came when I was introduced to Tolkien’s “The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings “ books. I read them at least five times over the span of one summer.
Now I tend to surround myself with other works by Tolkien, as well as R.A. Salvatore, Patrick Rothfuss, Johnstone, or Louis L’Amour.

Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
I’d loved to sit and play a game of Dungeons and Dragons with Rothfuss and Salvatore just to have the opportunity to pick their brains a bit!

If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
I’ve secretly always wanted to celebrate a very merry birthday with the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
I have the terrible habit of doing much of my research and writing from my phone. I typically always pair that with a cup of coffee or a can of Red Bull. My children are always up and on me, being a stay at home dad, so I have to work around their schedule all of the time.

Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
Many of my ideas are the manifestations of past D&D games, or have been influenced by video games such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Admittedly, in my current work in progress every character is based on a real person or event from in and around Central Europe circa 1453. No one has anything to worry about…yet.

Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am 100% a Pantser. I have tried on so many occasions to plot and plan out my stories with timelines and other tools to help better prepare, but I always find myself losing interest until I have a random thought. With those random thoughts I enjoy writing them down and surprising myself with where they take me.

Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
People need to put pen to paper and write. Write everything down that comes to mind at any time. Every thought not written down is a possible story someone will never get to read. Also, always have fun! Writing should never be a chore!

What are your future plans as an author?
I’m medically retired and write for fun. My plans are to sit back and share with the world my crazy little stories before I’m no longer capable of sharing anything at all. I love the thought of my children someday picking up one of my stories and inspiring them well enough to make the world a little bit better, and a whole lot more fun.

Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
The Wild Expanse is a culmination of my love for Ancient Roman history and the excitement that comes from world-building a D&D game. The characters are loosely based on myself and other influencers from my life.
“Josef was a Soldier with unwavering moral character who lived his life as a citizen patriot of the Roman Empire –
Until one day all he had ever known was torn away by the hands of an unrelenting Sea.
Ripped from the world he knew only to be left stranded on the shores of a Land veiled in mystery, and magic; filled with unimaginable adventure. “

Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, J. Mills.

The Magic of Wor(l)ds

P.S. Are you an author (or publisher) who also wants a FREE interview like this? You can always contact me via e-mail!

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