Monday, May 25, 2015

Interview with Seth Mullins, author of The Edge of the Known Trilogy

Title: What Casts the Shadow
Author: Seth Mullins
Pages: 240
Genre: Metaphysical
Format: Paperback/Kindle

 A troubled young rock musician, a mystic mentor, and a generation of lost souls longing for a new voice to emerge from the wilderness... When an altercation outside of a performance venue nearly proves fatal, Brandon Chane begins to realize how far his life is spinning out of control. His efforts to channel his pain, frustration and thwarted loves into his music may not suffice to save him. Then he meets Saul, a crisis counselor with the soul of an ancient medicine man, and a far-reaching journey of healing - one that may teach him how to steer away from the very edge of the abyss - begins.

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  What Casts the Shadow is available at Amazon. Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.

Title: Trust in the Unseen
Author: Seth Mullins
Pages: 234
Genre: Metaphysical
Format: Paperback/Kindle

 "We'd all thrown our fates to the wind, trusting in the unknown - in the Unseen, as our EP so proudly proclaimed - and that leap had thus far landed us in a place where we couldn't even grope our way forward in the dark anymore." Brandon Chane was beginning to realize that discovering his voice was only the first step of the journey. Now he must somehow learn to trust the depths from which it comes, and the unknown horizons that it may sweep him away to, even as every part of his personal world seems to be falling apart.

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  Trust in the Unseen is available at Amazon.
Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.

Humanity's Way ForwardTitle: Humanity's Way Forward
Author: Seth Mullins
Pages: 246
Genre: Metaphysical
Format: Paperback/Kindle

 "The echoes of those scars can clearly be heard in Edge of the Known's music. But one can also discern, quite distinctly, that other inexplicable thing that is within us all, the undying flame that transcends our wounds and sufferings..." Brandon Chane had always seen life through the eyes of an outcast, a misfit, a young man at odds with the world and with himself. Now they're calling him a wounded healer; a shamanic Pied Piper for the throngs of alienated youth; a thief of fire. He wonders if he and his band can escape the claims that the world has suddenly laid upon them. But what about the cherished dream that he's struggled so desperately to fulfill, the dream that finally seems to be coming to fruition?"

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 Humanity's Way Forward is available at Amazon.
Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.

      1. What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?
The Edge of the Known trilogy, actually. This is a story I was born to tell.
2.How has your upbringing influenced your writing?
I don’t want to cast my past in a totally negative light, but there were aspects of it that felt unstable and instilled in me the idea that the world was unsafe. This, in turn, led me to seek refuge in writing. It was the safe sanctuary where I could explore my inner world; but it also became my pathway back to the world.
3. When and why did you begin writing?
I began writing at age 12, shortly after discovering The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. That story struck me with total wonder, and gave me a whole new conception of how deep a story could go and how much scope it could encompass. I wanted to instill my readers with the same kind of wonder that I had felt.
4. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? When did you first know you could be a writer? 
There were a few creative writing projects that I did in 8th grade Language Arts that made me realize that I had a unique perspective, that I wrote in a voice that was mine and didn’t resemble anyone else’s. I wanted to explore that more. I think that even then I sensed it was a ‘calling’.
5. What inspires you to write and why?
Writing is a way of exploring my own depths and also of connecting with the world around me. It’s drawing upon inner experience and somehow making a communal experience out of it, something that others can partake in.
6. What genre are you most comfortable writing?
Metaphysical fiction.
7. What inspired you to write your first book?
My lifelong love of creative expression and, in this case, particularly music and self-exploration.
8. Who or what influenced your writing once you began?
There have been many. Here’s a partial list: Jane Roberts, Stephen R. Donaldson, Charles Bukowski, J.R.R. Tolkien, Arthur Rimbaud, Jack Kerouac.
9. What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general?
Exploring character interactions and emotional terrain is my real forte. Action scenes can be challenging if they involve a lot of mechanics and technical aspects and not so much ‘felt experience’.
10. Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it?

These books showed me how you can really explore your personal reality and recognize how your own thoughts, feelings and beliefs have created your life experience. That’s something that one can read a lot of theory about but not so often see in practice. Brandon’s journey illustrated it for me. 

Seth Mullins first conceived of his dream to write novels in his early teens, and this one desire has stayed with him throughout all the other myriad twists and turns of life. His inspirations include methods of inner exploration such as dream-work and shamanism and his experiences as a songwriter and performing musician. He studied creative writing at Santa Fe Community College in New Mexico and Lane Community College in Oregon. Seth has lived in Connecticut, New Mexico, Oregon and (currently) Vermont.

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Visit Seth’s website. Connect with Seth on Twitter.

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