AJ McLean Talks Mother’s Day with Mom, Denise Solis!

StarShine writer and Mom, Denise Solis along with her son, Backstreet Boy Alex “AJ” McLean interview each other on their relationship in this Mother’s Day special!


What is a childhood memory that sticks in your mind?
When I was about 7 years old we were driving home from a theatre group rehearsal and it was dark and raining. All of a sudden Mom ran through a group of orange cone barricades and they flew over the car one by one. I was so scared that I sunk down into the seat and covered my eyes. When she finally stopped all I remember her saying was “I don’t remember those being there when we came this way this afternoon???”

Describe me as a mother in one sentence.
The greatest Mother in the world!

Do you have any regrets being raised by a single Mom and your Grandma?
Not at all! I always felt that I was raised as well as I could have been. I had a wonderful childhood.

Do you have any advice for kids being raised by single Moms?
Here goes: First, Mom is always right. Second, Be patient. Third, Moms can be Dads too, like throwing a baseball around. Four, Love them twice as much because they are doing two jobs.


The funniest moment while being on tour with the Backstreet Boys?
We were in a movie theatre seeing “A Nightmare Before Christmas” and all the boys were there. You and I went to get some snacks and when we were walking to our seats in the dark you stopped and I walked into you from behind and all of your nachos and soda went flying then Kevin walked into me and everyone’s stuff went in the air. We laughed until we cried!!

What was the favorite part of your honeymoon?
Walking through the rain forest in the mountains of Puerto Rico. It was beautiful and I got to swim in a natural stream with a lovely waterfall.

What was your favorite job?
Working for a company called FUTUREKIDS. I taught children from age 4-18 how to use computers and write DOS. It was great fun and I loved the kids.

If you could change one thing about you and me, what would it be?
That we lived closer to each other and could see each other more often like we used to.

For Mother’s Day, interview your mother and have her interview you…you just might learn something new about one another!


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    Sandy Lo’s personal story is inspiring. She started, StarShine Magazine, an online publication in 2001, at the age of 18. She wrote her first novel in 2009, “Lost In You,” followed by the “Dream Catchers” Series. She was the first person ever to professionally interview Taylor Swift and has received personal endorsements for her books from members of boy bands Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees. Recently, she has been seeing some tremendous momentum in book sales on Kindle. She has been included on the “50 Writers You Should Be Reading” list by The Authors Show, and “Dream Catchers”, “Breaking The Moon” and “Indigo Waters” reached the Top 100 Best Selling Coming of Age novels in Amazon’s Kindle Store. What makes this even more unique, is that Sandy relocated from NY to Nashville in order to write “The Watch Dog,” which is set in a fictional town outside of Music City. “The Watch Dog” reached the Top 10 Ghost Stories on Amazon. Aside from her writing projects, Sandy is also a freelance digital strategist.