“I live by the motto, “Tell me I can’t.””
— Chris Mullen
A member of the Writers’ League since February 2020, Chris lives in Richmond.
Scribe: In what genre(s) do you write?
Chris Mullen: I am currently writing Western Adventure. I write Children’s picture book stories as well. I also have a Young Adult Romance, a Thriller, and a Sci-Fi in the works.
Scribe: What author would you most like to have a drink with, and what’s the first question you would ask them?
CM: Stephen King – Inspiration is sometimes found in the craziest of places- following your accident, what were the first bits of inspiration that came to mind, and how hard was it to create those thoughts into a self-gratifying manuscript?
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
CM: Am I on the island because of something I’ve done, or to discover something I am meant to do? I suppose it would be the Bible. I haven’t read it cover to cover, but the books within it provide hope and inspiration and has people with all sorts of stories to tell. For me, it’s not only a Christian thing, but would certainly be a symbol for me.
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
CM: As a new member I find it helpful that WLT has several resources available that provide opportunities for me to grow as a writer.
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
CM: I would love to see my (Western Adventure) Rowdy series find success, either through traditional publishing or self-publishing. Will I ever be able to quit my day job? I guess we’ll see. Either way, I will continue to develop and write the saga of Rowdy. As a writer I dream and create, so why not think big…let’s have Netflix or Amazon pick up the first book in the series and see it come alive on screen! I plan to heed some advice from my WIP, Rowdy: Redemption… “Shouldn’t dwell on things that are out of your control, Rowdy. No man can go back to fix the past, but he can shape the future.” I’ll keep writing and shaping ideas. Any way you look at it, I’ll end up where I am supposed to be.
Scribe: Here at the Writers’ League, we love sharing book recommendations. What’s one Texas-related book that has come out within the past year that you couldn’t put down?
CM: I usually read Jonathan Maberry, Craig Alanson, and Stephen King; however, Don Winslow released his book The Border last February (2019). This book was the third installment in a series of thrillers and was definitely one that was hard to put down. The storytelling was fantastic, gruesome and truthfully gut wrenching at times (in a great way), and provided such an open window into a world so different from the one that I live in, yet scarily too close for comfort. Although The Border is his most recent release in this series, I would suggest starting with The Power of the Dog (2005) followed by The Cartel (2015).
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
CM: I’m simply a PreK teaching, Taekwondo fighting, book writing, guitar playing Husband/Dad that is still searching for the best corral to handle my adult ADD while continually looking for action and adventure, keeping up with my two teenage sons, and searching for the best Literary Agent that finally realizes they really DO need a Western Adventure series on their “list.” (Breathe…) I live by the motto, “Tell me I can’t” – basically a more sophisticated version of “Hold my Beer”, but with more control and less of an opportunity to wind up in the emergency room. I’d also be crazy not to say that my first novel- Rowdy: Wild and Mean, Sharp and Keen, will be released as an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) through BN.com in April 2020. You can find out more about it as well as me at www.chrismullenwrites.com, or follow me on Facebook & Twitter @Rowdy2019.
Thank you, Chris!
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