Huntington City-Township Public Library will welcome Indianapolis native Mike Mullin for an author visit and book signing at 6:30 pm on Thursday, November 29 in the Adult Meeting Room at the Main Library in Huntington. Mullin’s critically acclaimed first novel, Ashfall, was published in September 2011 by Tanglewood Press, and the sequel, Ashen Winter, was released nationally on October 16th, 2012. Mullin will be speaking on Taekwondo, how to be a better writer, and the geology of the Yellowstone supervolcano.
Copies of Ashfall and Ashen Winter can be purchased at the event. First in the series, Ashfall will be available in paperback for $10 and in hardcover for $15. Ashen Winter, the second and newest book in the series, will be available in hardcover for $16. No purchase is necessary to attend, and everyone is welcome. For more information on the program or book signing, please call the Huntington City-Township Public Library at (260) 356-2900. The Main Library is located at 255 West Park Drive in Huntington.
(synopsis from Perseus Publishing and the author’s website):
Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. The one thing all geologists agree on: It will erupt again.
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 massive Yellowstone volcano erupts, plunging his hometown – and much of the United States – into an apocalyptic nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a young woman he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.
(synopsis from the author’s website):
It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It’s also been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities. When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive.
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
2011 New Voices Selection, American Booksellers Association. “At its heart, Ashfall is a coming-of-age tale — albeit one that will haunt you and make you want to enroll in a survivalist class immediately.”
Indianapolis native Mike Mullins wrote his first book in elementary school and has been writing more or less non-stop ever since. During high school, Mullin served as a Congressional Page for the Honorable Andy Jacobs, Jr. and later spent a year in Brazil as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student. He paid his way through college working full-time for Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore, graduating in three and a half years with a degree in Political Science and minors in Latin American Studies and Economics. He spent two years computerizing Kids Ink’s operations and opening a new store, then returned to school to earn a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University. While studying for his Masters, Mike worked as a reference assistant for the IU library. After graduation, Mike worked in brand management for Procter and Gamble, marketing Pampers diapers. Later, he moved to Spectrum Brands, where he founded the Terminate brand. After Spectrum, Mike launched his own remodeling company. In addition, he has continued to work for Kids Ink as a consultant and part-time helper during his various other careers. Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Ashfall and Ashen Winter are his first published novels.