Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Author This or That: Mike Mullin (Ashfall)

Author This or That – Mike Mullin

Fruit or Vegetables?

Fruit: Bing cherries, blueberries, and raspberries especially.

Sports car or Sedan?

My bicycle (I’m not very good at this game, am I?)

Color for car: red or black?

Green or blue (I’m really not good at this.)

Vampires or Werewolves?

Either, if they’re predatory carnivores. If they’re snuggly BFFs, you can keep them
both.  (Crystal:  I think I agree with you :) )

Football or Soccer?

Football to watch, soccer to play.

Pop Tarts or Cereal?

Bananas (Okay, now I’m just totally cheating.)

Out to Eat or Take Out?

Out to eat! (Although I’m a fabulous cook.)

Sunrise or Sunset?

Sunrise? What’s that? I think I saw one once many years ago.

Math or English?

Whichever one has a better teacher.

Dogs or Cats?

Cats (Don’t tell my wife. I love cats, but if she finds out we’ll wind up with 76 of


Toddlers or Teenagers?

Teenagers! They can talk well. And potty.

Facebook or Twitter?

Google+, if they ever get the bugs fixed. (Crystal:  I've been meaning to check this out and now I'll have to)

Flip Flops or Tennis Shoes (sneakers, running shoes, whatever you call them)?

Hiking boots or bare feet, unless I’m biking—then I wear tennis shoes. Or
canoeing, then I wear water sandals.


Mike Mullin’s first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school. From there, things went steadily downhill. He almost got fired by the owner of a bookstore due to his poor taste in earrings. He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch (it did cut down on the
cafeteria budget). The hazing process at the next company included eating live termites raised by the resident entomologist, so that didn’t last long either. For a while Mike juggled bottles at a wine shop, sometimes to disastrous effect. Oh, and then there was the job where swarms of wasps occasionally tried to chase him off ladders. So he’s really hoping this writing thing works out.

Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife and her three cats. ASHFALL is his first novel.


Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano. It has erupted three times in the last 2.1 million years, and it will erupt again, changing the Earth forever.

Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano erupts. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee. He begins a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives 140 miles away.

Along the way, Alex struggles through a landscape transformed by more than a foot of ash. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter. When an escaped convict injures Alex, he searches for a sheltered place where he can wait—to heal or to die. Instead, he finds Darla. Together, they fight to achieve a nearly impossible goal: surviving the supervolcano.


The first two chapters are available on my website: www.mikemullinauthor.com.

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Vivien said...

Vampires or Werewolves?

Either, if they’re predatory carnivores. If they’re snuggly BFFs, you can keep them

So true...lol

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

marybelle said...


Such a fun interview.


Unabridged Bookshelf said...

Great Interview very fun to read


Anonymous said...

Yeah, you totally cheated on this. haha

Mike Mullin said...

Yeah, Kirkus asked me a question like these, and I cheated on their question, too. I think that interview posts next week.

candice said...

Great interview. It's not cheating; it's that sometimes life can't be so black and white.

candicerjames [at] gmail [dot] com

Andrea Mack said...

Oh, this game is fun! I think Mike's "cheating" shows his creative side. No wonder he's a published author!

Crystal, interesting blog. I'll be following.

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