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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
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Mike Mullin By contract, I have to deliver the book on or before 12/31/17. I hope to get it done sooner, but I plan to take as much time as I need to write the…moreBy contract, I have to deliver the book on or before 12/31/17. I hope to get it done sooner, but I plan to take as much time as I need to write the best book I can. About four weeks ago I threw out 300 pages and started over. I'm much happier with the current draft.(less)
Mike Mullin Yes, my young adult thriller titled SURFACE TENSION will be out next year. It's about a teen who sees a group of terrorists causing a plane crash from…moreYes, my young adult thriller titled SURFACE TENSION will be out next year. It's about a teen who sees a group of terrorists causing a plane crash from the ground. He's the only one who knows how they're causing plane crashes, they notice him watching them, and they want him dead.(less)
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Kevin Cordi runs a wonderful project every other year called The StoryBox Project. Authors contribute unfinished stories to the box, and it circulates among schools, where students have the opportunity to finish the stories and send them on to new schools and students. If you’d like more information, here’s Kevin’s website.


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“A librarian can’t live by books alone, and I wouldn’t eat them if I could. Feel too much like cannibalism.”
Mike Mullin, Ashfall

“For the first time ever, I felt ashamed of my species. The volcano had taken our homes, our food, our automobiles, and our airplanes, but it hadn't taken our humanity. No, we'd given that up on our own.”
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Vote on a book to discuss in December. As always, read as soon as you want, and we'll begin discussing on the first of December. I'd recommend putting a library hold now on any books that appeal to you. Please vote only if you'll return to discuss if your choice wins. Happy voting!

The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
2018, 485 pages, 3.76 stars
$10.99 Kindle, used hardcover around $6, at library




"One afternoon at an outdoor market in India, a man’s shadow disappears—an occurrence science cannot explain. He is only the first. The phenomenon spreads like a plague, and while those afflicted gain a strange new power, it comes at a horrible price: the loss of all their memories.

Ory and his wife Max have escaped the Forgetting so far by hiding in an abandoned hotel deep in the woods. Their new life feels almost normal, until one day Max’s shadow disappears too.

Knowing that the more she forgets, the more dangerous she will become to Ory, Max runs away. But Ory refuses to give up the time they have left together. Desperate to find Max before her memory disappears completely, he follows her trail across a perilous, unrecognizable world, braving the threat of roaming bandits, the call to a new war being waged on the ruins of the capital, and the rise of a sinister cult that worships the shadowless.

As they journey, each searches for answers: for Ory, about love, about survival, about hope; and for Max, about a new force growing in the south that may hold the cure."
 
  33 votes, 28.0%

Ashfall by Mike Mullin
YA, supervolcano
2011, 476 pages, 3.97 rating
$7.99 Kindle, used paperback from $7.68



"Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don't know it's there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.

For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster."

 
  27 votes, 22.9%

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
2018, 431 pages, 4.33 stars
$9.99 Kindle, paper from $7.77, *may* be at library (it's fairly new)



"On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process.

Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too.

Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her."
 
  27 votes, 22.9%

When the English Fall by David Williams
2017, 242 pages, 3.71 stars
$9.04 Kindle, cheap used paperback, at library



"When a catastrophic solar storm brings about the collapse of modern civilization, an Amish community in Pennsylvania is caught up in the devastating aftermath. Once-bright skies are now dark. Planes have plummeted to the ground. The systems of modern life have crumbled. With their stocked larders and stores of supplies, the Amish are unaffected at first. But as the English (the Amish name for all non-Amish people) become more and more desperate, they begin to invade Amish farms, taking whatever they want and unleashing unthinkable violence on the peaceable community.

Seen through the diary of an Amish farmer named Jacob as he tries to protect his family and his way of life, When the English Fall examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos: Should members of a nonviolent society defy their beliefs and take up arms to defend themselves? And if they don’t, can they survive?

David Williams’s debut novel is a thoroughly engrossing look into the closed world of the Amish, as well as a thought-provoking examination of “civilization” and what remains if the center cannot hold."
 
  16 votes, 13.6%

Feed by M.T. Anderson
2004, 308 pages, 3.54 stars
$7.99 Kindle, cheap used, at some libraries



"Identity crises, consumerism, and star-crossed teenage love in a futuristic society where people connect to the Internet via feeds implanted in their brains.

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon - a chance to party during spring break and play with some stupid low-grav at the Ricochet Lounge. But that was before the crazy hacker caused all their feeds to malfunction, sending them to the hospital to lie around with nothing inside their heads for days. And it was before Titus met Violet, a beautiful, brainy teenage girl who has decided to fight the feed and its omnipresent ability to categorize human thoughts and desires. Following in the footsteps of George Orwell, Anthony Burgess, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., M. T. Anderson has created a not-so-brave new world — and a smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now."
 
  15 votes, 12.7%

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message 81: by evee

evee rhz Hi, Mike! I fell in love with your books, almost as if Alex and Darla truly exist within me. :) (creepy right?) This is the first book that gave me nightmares.. try running for your life with flensers chasing you. I like that you give us the truth, the true face of human nature, the part where when life gives you lemons it always squirts you in the eye and there's no water nearby to wash it off. I fell in love with your babies.. so much that I hate you sometimes for bring more trouble to their lives.. *cough* handless *cough* but I completely understand.

I hope you have more upcoming books to share with us. :)
Kudos and more powers!


message 80: by Molly

Molly Hi Mike. Thanks for the friending. I love your two books, and everytime someone asks what book should I read I say Ashfall! It is not often I am reduced to a nervous wreck while reading. I had to seriously pace myself with Ashen Winter. Any thought on having them on audio? Maybe then, I could convince my husband to enjoy them too ;)


message 79: by Sarah

Sarah Hi Mike! I have to say i'm a huge fan of your Ashfall books! They made me think long and hard about the things I have now, and if i'd be able to survive in the world (: Can i ask a question? Why will sunrise come out next year? I need to know what happens! (:


message 78: by Mike

Mike Mullin Keenan wrote: "I'm super excited for Sunrise to come out. The first two books were amazing, and now I'm extreamly excited for Sunrise."

Thanks, Keenan!


message 77: by Mike

Mike Mullin Tia wrote: "Thanks for visiting us in Bluffton. You have inspired my son to keep writing!"

That's awesome! I love it when I inspire more reading and writing. Maybe he'll wind up being a novelist, but even if not, being a better reader and writer can only help in whatever he decides to achieve.


message 76: by Mike

Mike Mullin Jay wrote: "Sunrise is going to be awesome

Happy New Year"


Thanks, Jay. It's coming along well.


Videoclimber(AKA)MTsLilSis Thanks for visiting us in Bluffton. You have inspired my son to keep writing!


message 74: by Keenan

Keenan I'm super excited for Sunrise to come out. The first two books were amazing, and now I'm extreamly excited for Sunrise.


message 73: by Jay

Jay Sunrise is going to be awesome

Happy New Year


message 72: by Mike

Mike Mullin Stephanie wrote: "Reading Ashen Winter right now and loving it!!!"

Thanks! Glad to hear you're enjoying ASHEN WINTER!


Stephanie Reading Ashen Winter right now and loving it!!!


message 70: by Mike

Mike Mullin Evie wrote: "I just finished Ashen Winter...GREAT BOOK! So excited to have you here in December!"

Glad you enjoyed it! I've made a lot of progress on the third book, tentatively titled SUNRISE, this week. See you soon!


message 69: by Evie (last edited Sep 01, 2012 10:57AM)

Evie I just finished Ashen Winter...GREAT BOOK! So excited to have you here in December!


message 68: by Mike

Mike Mullin Bri wrote: "Ashen Winter has been great so far! I hate to put it down. Literally stayed up for hours reading last night! Making a Blog for YA Dystopian Books! Ashen Winter is definitely on my blog with a link ..."

Awesome! It's great to hear you're enjoying ASHEN WINTER! I'll get back to working on SUNRISE now :).


message 67: by Bri

Bri Ashen Winter has been great so far! I hate to put it down. Literally stayed up for hours reading last night! Making a Blog for YA Dystopian Books! Ashen Winter is definitely on my blog with a link for Pre-Ordering!

http://dystopiabri.tumblr.com/


message 66: by Mike

Mike Mullin Sure thing. Thanks for inviting me!

Jay wrote: "Thank you for joining the erudite readers group and could you please say that I invited you"


message 65: by Jay (last edited Apr 21, 2012 11:21PM)

Jay Thank you for joining the erudite readers group and could you please say that I invited you


Booksmadebykids Thanks for becoming a member of Kid's Books Reviews!


message 63: by Mike

Mike Mullin Jamie wrote: "Hello Mike! I just wanted to let you know that I mentioned in Ashfall in a blog post today about a shift in the trends of YA fiction and books that deal with more gritty, real life sort of situatio..."

Great post, Jamie! Thanks for the thoughtful discussion of ASHFALL!


message 62: by Jamie

Jamie Hello Mike! I just wanted to let you know that I mentioned in Ashfall in a blog post today about a shift in the trends of YA fiction and books that deal with more gritty, real life sort of situations. Feel free to check it out and I hope it maybe introduces Ashfall to some new readers, it is a wonderful book!

http://mypersonalbookclub.blogspot.co...


message 61: by Mike

Mike Mullin Jerren wrote: "Hello Mike! Thanks so much for accepting my friend request and writing such a great book! I worked in Yellowstone National Park for two summers so I was immediately drawn to the premise of this boo..."

Hi Jerren,

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed ASHFALL! I tour all over talking to students about writing and geology, and I do Skype visits for free. Drop me an email if you'd like to get me involved in your classroom somehow. It's mike.mullin.writer at gmail dot com.

Best,

Mike


message 60: by Jerren

Jerren Hello Mike! Thanks so much for accepting my friend request and writing such a great book! I worked in Yellowstone National Park for two summers so I was immediately drawn to the premise of this book. I did hikes there were you can see the outline of the giant caldera and watched geysers erupt that had long been dormant.

Now that I teach 8th graders, I'm always looking for stories that will grab their attention and teach them about strength through adversity. This is definitely a book I'll be adding to my classroom library!


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


message 58: by Mike

Mike Mullin I'm glad you enjoyed ASHFALL, Brooklyn! ASHEN WINTER is at Tanglewood Press now--I'm waiting for the second round of substantive edits. As soon as copyedits are done, I'll post the first two chapters on my website.


Brooklyn Simms I would love it if you would get done with Ashen Winter sooner because i can not wait any longer. Ash Fall was an Amazing book!


message 56: by Mike

Mike Mullin Savannah wrote: "Thank you for the friendship...."

Sure thing, Savannah.


Savannah Thank you for the friendship....


message 54: by Mike

Mike Mullin Tanglewood Press. They're not printed yet, but by Mayish there should be both physical and NetGalley ARCs. Here's the link: http://www.tanglewoodbooks.com/contac...


message 53: by Alein

Alein Thanks for accepting my friend request. Hypothetically, if I wanted an ARC of Ashen Winter, who should I contact?


message 52: by Mike

Mike Mullin Glad you enjoyed ASHFALL, Sarah! ASHEN WINTER is coming along well--I'm ahead of my deadlines so far!


message 51: by Sarah

Sarah Hello Mike, thanks for accepting my friend request. I loved Ashfall, can't wait for Ashen Winter! (=
SarahS


message 50: by Phelan

Phelan Archuleta No problem. I think it was called book world in Minocqua, WI.


message 49: by Mike

Mike Mullin That's lovely, thanks for telling me! Which bookstore?


message 48: by Phelan

Phelan Archuleta Today I was at a local indie bookstore and was very pleased to see two copies of your book on the shelf. You're a rising star!


message 47: by Mike

Mike Mullin Jamie wrote: "October is much too far away. Sigh. :D"

Sorry, Jamie. Ashen Winter is still in editing. Tanglewood and I want it to be great. There will probably be ARCs and NetGalley copies available around May.


message 46: by Mike

Mike Mullin Lance wrote: "awesome book"

Thanks, Lance!


message 45: by Jamie

Jamie October is much too far away. Sigh. :D


message 44: by Lance

Lance hess awesome book


message 43: by Mike

Mike Mullin Phelan wrote: "I have been thinking about writing a book for awhile and have finally started(that's the biggest step, right?). I really hope it is something worth publishing that young adult fans will love. I hav..."

You have to finish and polish the whole manuscript to be considered (by anyone reputable, not just Tanglewood). As for their specific requirements, you want to check their submissions page here: http://www.tanglewoodbooks.com/submis...

I wrote a simple page of publishing advice here: https://sites.google.com/site/mikemul.... If you want more info, email me your questions at mike.mullin.writer at gmail.com and I'll add responses to my advice page.


message 42: by Phelan

Phelan Archuleta I have been thinking about writing a book for awhile and have finally started(that's the biggest step, right?). I really hope it is something worth publishing that young adult fans will love. I have been thinking about submitting a couple pages of it to Tanglewood Press and was curious if you submitted Ashfall as a whole, or just a little tidbit. Also, if you have any publishing advice I'd love to hear it!


message 41: by Phelan

Phelan Archuleta It's this amazing book convention where lots of authors sign, promote, and talk about their books! They also have workshops where aspiring authors can discuss the book business with other authors! Its an amazing event that I was lucky enough to go this year, but next year(2012) its in Chicago but im still gonna try and go!


message 40: by Mike

Mike Mullin Phelan wrote: "Have you thought about promoting and signing your book at the RT Book Lover's Convention?"

No, I don't even know what or when that is. What is it?


message 39: by Phelan

Phelan Archuleta Have you thought about promoting and signing your book at the RT Book Lover's Convention?


message 38: by Mike

Mike Mullin Phelan wrote: "So I finally got Ashfall at Barnes and Noble and am thoroughly pleased with the length of the book(I like books in the 400-600 page range). Now all I need to do is finish my essay and then I can di..."

Thanks for picking it up! You've helped feed my three cats for another day, ha. Let me know what you think, please.


message 37: by Phelan

Phelan Archuleta So I finally got Ashfall at Barnes and Noble and am thoroughly pleased with the length of the book(I like books in the 400-600 page range). Now all I need to do is finish my essay and then I can dive right in. CANT WAIT!


message 36: by Mike

Mike Mullin Claire wrote: "I just want to let you know that I really wanted to come to the book signing tonight, but I have practice so you have another fan that just can't make it :)"

Drive down to Okemos and see me tomorrow night! Or Cromaine Public Library on Thursday.


message 35: by Claire

Claire I just want to let you know that I really wanted to come to the book signing tonight, but I have practice so you have another fan that just can't make it :)


message 34: by Jason

Jason Beineke Okay, after I saw you liked the review, I noticed that my proofreading skills are less than stellar. I have since updated the review to correct some of my mistakes. Any disagreements with what I wrote in the review?


message 33: by Melissa

Melissa Phelan wrote: "Today I went to my local Barnes and Noble to pick up a copy of Ashfall which I have been waiting oh so patiently for since March. They did not have it! Needless to say I was extremely disappointed ..."

Something similar happened to me. But I had ordered it online because I had a gift card and I didn't want to wait until the release date. But yesterday I went to Barnes and Noble and they didn't have it. Lame. My book hasn't arrived yet though. :[


message 32: by Mike

Mike Mullin Sorry they didn't have it! We're trying to convince them to put it in more stores. The fact that you ordered one through the store will help! The more orders they get, the more likely they are to stock the book.


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