SUNDAY 14th APRIL 2013
I would like to wish a warm welcome to the fabulous John Mulhall, author to horror story Geddy’s Moon.
Geddy’s Moon is John Mulhall’s debut novel. In addition to being an award-winning video and event producer, John is also the author of several short stories, plays and a collection of poetry. He began developing Geddy’s Moon more than twenty years ago at age nineteen, but he promises his next novel won’t take quite so long. He lives in Newbury Park, California, where he is the President/CEO of a creative agency.
Tyler is an amnesiac, drifting aimlessly across the country, struggling to regain his lost memories. When he arrives in Geddy’s Moon, a sleepy town in the middle of the Kansas wheat fields, fragments of his past begin to resurface. But as he establishes new relationships in town, and spends time with the local librarian and her son, he finds himself tormented by nightmares that grow more unsettling each night. What horrific events took place before Tyler arrived in Geddy’s Moon? And could he have brought a terrifying – and possibly supernatural – danger along with him? As the pieces of his fractured memory begin to fall into place, he fears that it may already be too late to keep himself, and those he’s begun to care about, safe from a vicious evil.
Now get all snug with that cuppa as we meet John Mulhall …
Hi John and welcome! It’s great to have you here.
It’s my pleasure, Gemma. Thanks for asking me.
Where did the inspiration behind Geddy’s Moon come from?
Geddy’s Moon has actually been gestating for about 20 years now, from the time I was in college. I was taking a psychology class and we were studying psychogenic fugues – now more commonly called dissociative fugues. These are basically a form of amnesia where someone forgets past events in their life and just wanders away, sometimes creating new events that never actually happened, a whole new life. While rare, it is most common in highly traumatic situations. I began wondering what event could be so horrible that it would make someone just delete their past, and my mind tends to answer those types of questions in creepy ways. [laughs] Anyhow, that was really the original inspiration. At the beginning of the novel, Tyler, the main character, has no memories, and he’s fighting for a recollections of his past.
How would you compare writing this book with anything that you have previously written?
Well, nothing I’ve previously written is novel length, so in that respect it’s very different. Honestly, I tend to write very differently depending on the medium. The poetry I’ve written have been very “spoken word,” grounded in reality, whereas the fiction tends to be supernatural or horror. I tend to gravitate toward genre writing, particularly the fantastical. I think it’s an amazing canvas to paint on. Not being completely bound by the “rules” of nature grants a writer a lot of latitude.
How did you start writing? Was there a particular book or moment in your life that spurned you on?
Well, seeing the original Star Wars in a theater as a boy was really a pivotal event for me. It really opened my eyes to the power of myth and story. So, “storytelling” is really something I started doing from childhood, and something I’ve continued doing my whole life. So, on some level, I knew that I’d probably tell stories for a living, but I don’t think I realized that I’d be a “writer” per se. I dabbled with writing early on, but I didn’t really sit down to do it seriously until I was already out of high school. And even then, it took me a while to really get going. In this case “a while” means over twenty years. [laughs]
How do you organise your writing time?
I feel like I give the most boring answers to these types of questions! [laughs] I really have no routine, honestly. I have no rituals. I just…write. I’m not a writer who writes daily, I never have been. I tend to process for a long time, breaking down the story in my mind. So, when I finally start putting my ideas on paper, that’s when I know it’s getting real. At that stage, I make goals, and then I just sit down and do it. Sometimes it’s a beautiful experience, and sometimes it’s downright ugly. [laughs] “Don’t get it right, get it written.” James Thurber said that, and I’ve really taken it to heart.
Wow that is really good advice, it makes sense to get it all written down – once it’s all down on paper you can always go back to make it right.
Where is your best ‘writing space’; the place where you feel comfortably locked away from the world and able to let your creative juices flow?
I actually write in a variety of places. Like I mentioned, no rituals for this guy. [laughs] Sometimes I’m on my couch, sometimes at the kitchen table, and other times I’m in public or at my office, which is quite noisy. I’m really able to fairly easily tune-out once I get writing, and I like variety, so the change of scenery is a good thing for me.
And finally, tell us an interesting fact about yourself that not many people know.
Well, my friends know this, but I’ve never really talked about it in interviews. I have arachnophobia. I mean, I’m horribly afraid of spiders. I can write about things that go bump in the night, but a tiny little eight-legged creature freaks me right out! [laughs]
Thank you for being here today John.
Absolutely! It’s been my pleasure.
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