As I began posting my boys’ favorite books, I realized that quite a few had something in common – the author, M. C. Millman. Thankfully, she wasn’t hard to track down, and even better, she graciously agreed to answer my questions!
What inspired you to write for boys, and when? Which was the first book that resulted from that inspiration?
I wasn’t really “inspired” to write for boys, nor do I write for boys exclusively (take my Classified Information series for instance), but since I started out writing for boys, it seems I have that reputation. In fact, one of my daughters had a hard time convincing her bunkmates in camp that M. C. Millman was indeed her mother since the girls were so certain M. C. was a man.
My publisher did accomplish what he wanted by using my initials. He felt that boys would be less likely to read a book that a woman had written, so he asked me to pick a pen name. I was in a panic about what name to use until my husband offered the most logical solution: use my initials – problem solved.