Are you a PLOTTER or a PANTSER…or are you BOTH? That’s the question being asked of the authors coming to you live this month on ALL THE BLOG’S A PAGE. I have had author-friends who truly detest plotting, feeling it takes away from what the characters want to say, and I’ve had author-friends who detest flying by the seat of their author pants because the writing produced never seems to gel and come together. What do you prefer? Check out what the AtBaP authors of July think and share your own thoughts!
Up first this month is author Mike Mullin, whose debut novel, ASHFALL, which will be released this October, sounds like a great story full of drama, action, adventure, and peril.
Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano. It has erupted three times in the last 2.1 million years, and it will erupt again, changing the Earth forever.
Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano erupts. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee. He begins a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives 140 miles away.
Along the way, Alex struggles through a landscape transformed by more than a foot of ash. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter. When an escaped convict injures Alex, he searches for a sheltered place where he can wait—to heal or to die. Instead, he finds Darla. Together, they fight to achieve a nearly impossible goal: surviving the supervolcano.
You definitely don’t want to miss Mike Mullin’s at times funny yet on point thoughts regarding being a plotter and pantser, so head over to All the Blog’s a Page and check it out!
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Posted on Tuesday, 5 July 2011