Holy moly, am I excited to take part in this blog tour. I’ve loved this trilogy since I read the first one, Ashfall, wayyyy back in April of 2012. That’s almost TWO YEARS people. I’m lucky enough to be hosting Mike Mullin here on The Bookish Brunette today with a guest post.
“Why Aren’t There Any Zombies in the ASHFALL Trilogy?
My friend and critique partner Rob Kent keeps trying to talk me into putting zombies into my ASHFALL books. He’s utterly zombie obsessed. And also Batman obsessed. But I digress. I have stalwartly resisted his entreaties, and finished what I call the ASHFALL three-and-a-half-ology zombie-free.
To be fair to Rob, he’s paying me back for my obsession with cannibalism. When I joined my critique group, it didn’t have a name, and somehow I talked them into calling themselves the YA Cannibals. I try to add cannibalism to all my critique partners’ work. I considered it a huge win when a character in Jody Sparks’s novel poured her leftover green tea into a potted plant. Plant cannibalism! It counts, I think? Somehow Shannon Lee Alexander resisted adding cannibalism to her deeply moving and personal novel that deals with a teen losing a close friend to cancer. She thought it didn’t fit for some reason. Whatever.
Another reason I’m not interested in putting zombies in the ASHFALL world is that it’s been done. Better than I could do it. In fact, it’s been done by Rob Kent himself. If you’re into zombie fiction, do yourself a favor, whip out your credit card and plunk down $2.99 for Rob’s book, All Together Now, A Zombie Story. It’s gruesome, violet, funny, and yet strangely touching.
Now Rob claims that just one zombie wouldn’t hurt the ASHFALL books. But my goal with my trilogy was to write an intensely realistic story, one that would suck you in and hold your attention in part with its sheer plausibility. And while I certainly hope that the Yellowstone supervolcano doesn’t erupt in our lifetime, there’s no doubt that it will erupt again someday. If the caldera weren’t active, all those geysers and hot springs at Yellowstone would quit working.
My wife and I have a long-running feud caused by Canadian author Linda Poitevin. It’s not over the fact that she’s Canadian, although that does help explain the fact that Linda’s almost too nice to be human. It’s over her Grigori novels. My wife keeps moving them to the bookcase of mysteries, thrillers, and police procedurals in the guest room. I promptly move them back to the speculative fiction and fantasy bookcases in the living room. They sort of fit both places, but as far as I’m concerned, any book that includes angels as characters (let alone God herself), belongs with fantasy or religion. It doesn’t matter what kind of police procedural you wrap around it, it’s still fantasy. (By the way, if you enjoy urban fantasy, try Linda’s books—they’re fabulous!)
Similarly, one zombie would make ASHFALL a zombie series. And my goal for ASHFALL was to have it read like realistic fiction. I researched everything—not just the physical details of the super-eruption, but street names, business names, sociological responses to disaster, mechanical details, vehicles, guns, shortwave radios—the list is nearly endless. If I were to include zombies, I suppose I would have researched them and used a real zombie created via Haitian Vodou, but really, how likely is that in Iowa?
So, if you want a zombie book, skip the ASHFALL three-and-a-half-ology. Try Rob’s book instead. But if you want an intensely realistic apocalyptic tale, do I have a series for you! Step right over here, and I’ll sell you one.”
About the author:
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 glad this writing thing seems to be working out.
Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Ashen Winter is his second novel. His debut, Ashfall, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association.
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by Mike Mullin
Publish date : April 15th 2014 by Tanglewood Press
The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors’ constant companions.
When it becomes apparent that their home is no longer safe and adults are not facing the stark realities, Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task requiring even more guts and more smarts than ever—and unthinkable sacrifice. If they fail . . . they, their loved ones, and the few remaining survivors will perish.
This epic finale has the heart of Ashfall, the action of Ashen Winter, and a depth all its own, examining questions of responsibility and bravery, civilization and society, illuminated by the story of an unshakable love that transcends a post-apocalyptic world and even life itself.
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