Today I have an interview with Michael Mullin, author of 8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf.
I particularly like turning an idea, a premise, into a story with unexpected turns and real characters to whom readers can relate. The building aspect of writing, I guess. This series I’m currently writing is in verse, so getting that all to work out – literally line by line – is also pretty satisfying.
I love them – and not just because I’m a self-published author of digital-only books! I’ve found I read a lot more since getting a Kindle. I think books will always be around, but their minority status will become evident. Each generation is more screen-oriented (and not just for reading – for everything). As a result I do believe printed books will become the rare, novelty item sooner than we think. (The Borders bookstore in my town closed and became a Gold’s Gym. That’s almost farcical.)
Start to finish was about 8 years, but I’m happy to report I wasn’t writing it that whole time. (It’s only 2,200 words!) While working at Disney I wrote two sequel stories to Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. My stories (long-form poems like Burton’s original picture book) centered around Easter and Valentine’s Day. I actually met with Burton, and he approved both stories for publishing. I left Disney shortly after and began writing 8, which was meant to be my original follow-up book. I revised and waited and went on to other projects, but the Nightmare titles never got published. So I ultimately went the self-publishing route.
Although I didn’t execute it, I actually came up with and crudely sketched the concept. I’m fortunate to be long-time friends with a gifted artist named John Skewes. We worked together years ago at Disney, and I’m co-author on his Larry Gets Lost picture book series (which is also in verse, but I swear it’s not like “my thing”!)
My promotional efforts are 100% online, mostly blogger reviews, interviews like this one (Thank you! ) and giveaways. I’m also building a following of sorts on goodreads and Facebook. I’ve trademarked a series brand name: TaleSpins™ and am thrilled to have just completed writing the second book: The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny, which should be out by the end of the month. The intro is posted on Goodreads.
About Micheal Mullin:
Michael Mullin is a native New Englander living in Los Angeles. He is the author of the TaleSpins™ books, “8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf” and “The Plight and Plot of Princess Penny“. He is also the co-author of John Skewes’ successful “Larry Gets Lost” children’s book series. His screenplay “Zooing Time” was recognized by the WGA’s Written By magazine. Before all this writing, he taught preschool and college (two positions he found disconcertingly similar).
8: The Previously Untold Story of the Previously Unknown 8th Dwarf by Michael Mullin
Written in verse, this is the previously untold story of the previously unknown 8th dwarf, named Creepy. He is banished to the basement for being different and, well, weird. Yet he plays a vital – and of course previously unknown – role in the popular tale of Snow White – whose title character is an intruder Creepy refers to as “the Maid”. (Intended for YA readers and up)